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High School Edition

In this issue, the elementary edition of Science Class focuses on Social Studies Integration. 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 Reading Strategies, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2005-03/member_middle.htm; and to view the high school version on Science for All, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2005-03/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/2005-03/member_elementary.htm.


In Science for All Americans, Rutherford and Ahlgren (1990) assert that "science education...should help students to develop the understandings and habits of mind they need to know to become compassionate human beings able to think for themselves and to face life head on. It should equip them also to participate thoughtfully with fellow citizens in building and protecting a society that is open, decent, and vital." With these worthy goals in mind, combining the study of science with your social studies curriculum can help your students make the connections necessary to becoming informed citizens. The offerings in this issue show you how some science teachers are integrating the two disciplines with great success.

Social Studies Integration on the Net

In this month's elementary journal, Science and Children, NSTA members can read "The Integrated Curriculum." 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:

Technology and Human Culture: http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=9263562110331055

NSTA Articles on Social Studies Integration

The following NSTA journal articles provide examples of how teachers integrate social studies into their science curriculum.

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—Social Studies Integration. 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:


2005 NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Books

Teachers who use science trade books in the classroom can now see which books have been selected for the 2005 NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 list. Click below to see the books selected as the best of the year for their accurate science content and outstanding presentation:



Professional Development

In the article Thinking of Each and Every One, one teacher explains how she learned about equity from her students (Eisenhower National Clearinghouse).

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Global Science Teaching

The Bigger Picture—U.S. Education in a Global Context (Education Week)

Iris Rothberg's commentary compares how the United States addresses the challenges of education to the approaches of many other countries. Although all countries struggle with many of the same issues, our solutions are as varied as our cultures.


NSTA's International Activities for Dallas Convention

Whether you're traveling 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/2005-03/intlelem.htm.

NSTA Opportunities

Writing for NSTA's Journals

Thinking about writing an article for one of NSTA’s journals? Before you get started, please review the valuable
online writing resources assembled by NSTA’s editors.


Call for Papers

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:

Plants: Tools for Inquiry

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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