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In this issue, the elementary edition of Science Class focuses on Community Science. This theme is supported by a range of NSTA-approved teaching resources: news stories, books, and NSTA journal articles.

To view the middle level version, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2005-01/member_middle.htm, and to view the high school version, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2005-01/member_high.htm. 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/2005-01/member_elementary.htm.


Elementary school teachers, students, and their communities can team up in many ways to simultaneously enrich the quality of science education and to improve their communities. Many are doing just that with great success. Let the examples provided in this issue inspire you and your students to reach out to your community.

Community Science in the News

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

To read three news articles that discuss various partnerships formed by schools and businesses, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2005-01/news_stories_elementary.htm

Community Science on the Net

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


NSTA Articles on Community Science

The following NSTA journal articles provide examples of teachers working with the community to enrich their students' science experiences.

Click here to read more:


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—Community 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

American eighth graders—especially African American students—showed significant gains in both science and math over the last 10 years, while scores for U.S. fourth graders remained relatively flat in both subjects, says the 2003 Trends in International Math and Science Study—commonly known as TIMSS. Read the TIMSS At-A-Glance at http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2005-01/TIMSS_Glance.htm, the NSTA press release at http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2005-01/press.htm, or go to http://www.timss.org.

Global Science Teaching

India's Troubling Truants: Teachers (The Christian Science Monitor)

This article highlights the effects of a problem in many countries—teachers who do not report to work.


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 Online Convention Scheduler

Convention-goers can make the most of their time at the convention in Dallas with NSTA’s improved online convention scheduler.


Next Month's Theme:

Learning from Nature

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.

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