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High School Edition

In this issue, the elementary edition of Science Class focuses on Learning from Nature. 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 version on Force and Motion, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2005-02/member_middle.htm; and to view the high school version on Our Place in the Universe, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2005-02/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/2005-02/member_elementary.htm.


Today's educators know that teaching students about the importance of protecting the environment can help create a new generation of environmental stewards. Environmental lessons of the past, however, often focused on appreciating nature rather than understanding it. In this issue, read how new lessons provide students with the information they'll need to make informed decisions on important environmental issues, such as water quality and global warming.

Learning from Nature in the News

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

This month’s news stories will provide you with various ideas on how to help students learn from nature. Visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2005-02/news_stories_elementary.htm to learn more.

Learning from Nature on the Net

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


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

Nature: http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=9263562110221055

NSTA Articles on Learning from Nature

The following NSTA journal articles provide examples of how teachers are letting their students learn from nature.

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 this month's theme—Learning from Nature. 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

Getting our Money’s Worth in Public Education: Are We Buying Our 'McStudent' Lie? Read Robert Freeman's piece in the San Fransisco Chronicle about the ultimate price we'll pay later for the pennies we pinch today.


Global Science Teaching

Whether you've traveled from just across the border in Mexico or halfway around the world from China, NSTA has something for our international constituents attending this year's national convention. For information on the international activities NSTA is offering in Dallas from March 31 to April 3, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2005-02/intlelem.htm.

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:


Next Month's Theme:

Social Studies Integration

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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