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In this issue, the middle level edition of Science Class focuses on Free for All. This issue features more than 50 free online opportunities teachers can order, register, or sign up for to get ready for next year. Please let us know what you think of the issue, or if you have suggestions for additional free resources for teachers, by using the Feedback link at left or by sending an e-mail to us at enewsletterfeedback@nsta.org.

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You might want to set this issue aside until the last student has left the building, the last report card has been signed, and your classroom has been closed up for the summer. You are ready for a relaxing break, and you deserve one. While you are enjoying the peace and quiet, next year's classes will inevitably creep into your thoughts. Summer is the perfect time to start thinking about the resources you'll need for your science class in the fall. This issue can help.

Last year's Free for All issue was our most popular ever, showing us that you do catch up on your reading in the summer and that you need free stuff! So we decided to make Free for All a regular summer issue. You will find a wealth of free opportunities ranging from online publications and activities to catalogs of books, as well as science competitions and professional development workshops.

So point and click to access the following resources and start planning for next year. It will be here before you know it.

Free for All in the News

Classroom's Costly Lessons (The Washington Post)
Cuts Force Teachers to Forage for Supplies

A recent nationwide survey by the National School Supply and Equipment Association found that teachers spent an average of $589 of their own money on supplies in 2001, up from $448 in 1999.

Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Service.

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Free Opportunities for Middle Level Science Teachers

Use these free resources to develop your teaching strategies for next year.


Free Resources For Science Teachers

Enrich your teaching materials and strategies with the following free resources and opportunities.

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Professional Development

Public Schools, Public Will

In his presentation to the National School Boards Association's Council of Urban Boards of Education, Arnold F. Fege, director of public engagement and advocacy for the Public Education Network, said , "It's not just whether we have enough funding for education—it's whether we have the political will to allocate the money fairly." (Reprinted with permission of the American School Boards Journal, May 2004.)

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NSTA Opportunities

These NSTA free resources are available through http://www.nsta.org. Click here to learn more:


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.

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Write for NSTA's Journals

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


Next Month's Theme:

Summertime Science

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