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In this issue, the middle level edition of Science Class focuses on Force and Motion. This theme is supported by a range of NSTA-approved teaching resources: news stories, Internet SciLinks, books, and NSTA journal articles.

To view the elementary version on Learning from Nature, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2005-02/member_elementary.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_middle.htm.


Physics is a high school subject, so the tendency is to think that your students are not ready to understand physics concepts. But if your students learn about the connections between the biological and physical worlds, such as animals and their connection to energy and motion, they will be better prepared to deal with the abstract concepts presented in high school. This issue is packed with ideas on how you can bring physics into your middle level classroom.

Force and Motion in the News

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

Physics Goes in Search of "Cool" (BBC News)

Two foreign countries launch Einstein Year in hopes of persuading students to pursue physics as part of their higher education.


Force and Motion on the Net

In this month's middle level journal, Science Scope, NSTA members can read "Making Sense of Motion." 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:

Force and Motion: http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=9263565510221055

NSTA Articles on Force and Motion

The following NSTA journal articles provide provide several examples of how science educators teach force and motion in their classrooms.

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 —Force and Motion. 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 theinternational activities NSTA is offering in Dallas from March 31 to April 3, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2005-02/intlmiddle.htm.

NSTA Opportunities

Write for NSTA's Journals

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


Next Month's Theme:

Reading Strategies

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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