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NSTA is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year! To find out more about the history of NSTA, visit our online timeline at: http://www.nsta.org/timeline.

In this issue, the elementary edition of Science Class focuses on Writing to Learn Science. 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.

If you have a text-only browser or are having any difficulties with our links, please visit: http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2004-11/member_elementary.htm.


The merits of incorporating writing activities into your science curriculum are many. You can assess students' misconceptions and preconceptions through their writings. When students have to write about a topic, they have to explore it in greater depth than they would if they were simply having a class discussion. Writing exposes gaps in knowledge that discussions may not reveal. Students' writing skills sharpen when they have to write in specific content areas, and their critical-thinking skills improve as well. Take the advice from the authors of an article in this month's Science and Children, and make thinking visible by encouraging your students to write.

Writing to Learn Science in the News

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

Living Lab is a Smart Approach to Teaching (USA Today)

An award-winning educator turns her classroom into a living lab to teach students language arts and math through hands-on science.


Writing to Learn Science on the Net

In this month's elementary journal, Science and Children, NSTA members read "Making Things Visible." The link to that article is:


NSTA Articles on Writing to Learn Science

The following NSTA journal articles show how some teachers add writing components to their science lessons.

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Books, Books, Books

The NSTA Science Store and catalogs offer NSTA Press books and other outstanding titles for science educators. Selections for this issue are grade appropriate and were chosen for their relevance to the theme of this
issue—Writing to Learn Science. Click here for this issue's recommended titles:


To read about the newest titles available from NSTA press, visit:


To receive the latest NSTA Catalog for your specific grade level, visit:


Professional Development

A new study offers guidance to university administrators and legal counsels, as well as educators—to help them enhance diversity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

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Global Science Teaching

The International Task Force Gets Down to Business

President-Elect Michael Padilla is the chair of NSTA's International Task Force; he has been making the rounds in Washington. He has been meeting with officials of key organizations in preparation for the first NSTA task force meeting in Indianapolis on November 6. Padilla met with Joseph Esposito, U.S. Department of Education's undersecretary for international affairs as well as officials from NASA/Globe and the National Science Foundation. Padilla also conducted a teleconference with Alan Farstrup, executive director of the International Reading Association. His purposes for these meetings were twofold: to learn of each organization's international activities and to discuss areas of mutual interest and potential activity.

If you would like to provide suggestions for the task force meeting, please contact either Michael Padilla at mpadilla@coe.uga.edu or Frank Owens at fowens@nsta.org.

NSTA Opportunities

Write for NSTA's Journals

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


The NSTA Career Center

NSTA's new online Career Center provides job listings from around the nation, a place to post resumes, and tips for landing that dream position.


Next Month's Theme:

Professional Development

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