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In this issue, the elementary edition of Science Class focuses on Managing Hands-on Materials. This theme is supported by a range of NSTA-approved teaching resources: news stories, Internet SciLinks, books, and NSTA journal articles. To view the middle level and high school editions of Science Class, please click on the links at left. If you have any comments about this issue, send them to: enewsletterfeedback@nsta.org.

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Summer can be the key to your success in finally gaining control of the hands-on materials that can dominate your time and energy. By planning ahead and really organizing materials based on how your students will be using them, you will be free to spend more time teaching the science concepts you want your students to learn. In this issue, read how one teacher turns her classroom into a forest, how some students are conquering backyard labs, and whether materials resource centers may be right for you.

Managing Hands-on Materials in the News

Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Digest (Visit http://www.nsta.org/mainnews for nationwide news for science educators).

Children Experiment in Backyard Lab (The News & Observer)

A teacher demonstrates her passion for teaching science through a unique program that provides hands-on activities for preschool to middle school-age students.

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Managing Hands-on Materials on the Net

In this month's elementary journal, Science & Children, NSTA members read "Is a Materials Resource Center Right for You?" The link to that article is:


NSTA Articles on Managing Hands-on Materials

Read how other elementary teachers worked science into their curriculum through careful managing of their hands-on resources:


Books, Books, Books

Juliana Texley, lead reviewer for NSTA Recommends, invites you to join the NSTA Reading Club. Click here for some great reading suggestions and to learn more:


NSTA has put together a catalog of the latest books for the elementary teacher to make your summer reading worthwhile. To view the catalog, click here:


To order any of the items in the catalog, visit: http://store.nsta.org.

Professional Development

The professional learning plan from the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse details 15 effective strategies for professional development. The first two strategies involve Immersion into Inquiry in Science and Immersion into the World of Scientists. (Eisenhower National Clearinghouse)

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NSTA Opportunities

Managing Your Membership

The Internet allows you to get information when it's most convenient for you. To learn more about managing your NSTA membership online or to get information about joining, visit:


Write for NSTA's Journals

Science & Children (Grades PreK–5) has issued this Call for Papers on specific topics. Click here to find out more:


Next Month's Theme:

International Interests

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