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In this issue, the middle level edition of Science Class focuses on Reading Strategies. 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 Social Studies Integration, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2005-03/member_elementary.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_middle.htm.


In this month's Science Scope, Elizabeth Belk writes about the similarities between science process skills and reading comprehension skills (Padilla, Muth, and Lund-Padilla, 1991). In science, students investigate a problem and collect data; in reading, students ask questions and take notes. In science, students interpret data and communicate results; in reading, students think inductively and deductively and arrange information logically. In science, students draw a conclusion for their experiment; in reading, students analyze critically and identify main ideas (Martin, Sexton, and Gerlovich 2001). "Science and reading are related, hence, effective reading and comprehension skills impact achievement in science," says Belk. In this issue, read about different approaches science teachers are taking to improving their students' reading.

Reading Strategies in the News

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

Stories selected for this month’s theme discuss strategies and programs that can help your students become better readers. Visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2005-03/news_stories_middle.htm to read more.

Reading Strategies on the Net

In this month's middle level journal, Science Scope, NSTA members can read "Improving Science Reading Comprehension." 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:

Teaching Strategies: http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=6320459910331055

NSTA Articles on Reading Strategies

The following NSTA journal articles provide examples of how new reading strategies are being used by today's science teachers.

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 —Reading Strategies. 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).

Click here to read more:


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


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