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In this issue, the middle level edition of Science Class focuses on Fun and Games. This theme is supported by a range of NSTA-approved teaching resources: news stories, Internet SciLinks, books, and NSTA journal articles. To view the elementary and high school editions of Science Class, please click on the links at left.


Middle level students have a tremendous capacity for fun and humor, and you can use that to teach necessary science concepts. Allowing your students to see the fun side of science might be all it takes to have them remember the lesson or even to consider a career in science. This issue can help you liven up your classroom. Who knows—your students might even lose track of the fact that they are learning something!

Fun and Games on the Net

In this month's middle level journal, Science Scope, NSTA members read "Trial by Science: A Forensic Extravaganza." The link to that article is:


SciLinks is a web-based service from NSTA that provides online content chosen for printed articles and books. It does so through keywords; the keyword for this issue is:

Forensics: http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=92635655105510441011

Court TV

Don't miss these free and challenging forensic units. Court TV developed "Cafeteria Caper" and "It's Magic!" in collaboration with NSTA to tap into students' interest in forensic science.

Click here to download the units from Court TV:


NSTA Articles on Fun and Games

The following NSTA journal articles provide you with useful ideas about fun and games.

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Books, Books, Books

Click here to view the NSTA Catalog books on fun and games:


Click here to view the list of new books from NSTA Press:


Professional Development

How to Kick Strategic Planning Addiction:

In his recent article from Phi Delta Kappan, "Tipping Point: From Feckless Reform to Substantive Instructional Improvement," Mike Schmoker points out that although we already know the best way to improve instruction, we persist in pursuing strategies that have repeatedly failed. He urges us to break free of our addiction to strategic planning and large-scale reform. (Public Education Network)

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NSTA Opportunities

Coming Your Way: A Summer Issue of Science Scope

You told us you have more time for reading and planning in the summer months, so we are mailing our first-ever summer issue of Science Scope this July.

Click here to read more:


Write for NSTA's Journals

Science Scope (Grades 6–9) has issued this Call for Papers on specific topics. Click here to find out more:


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