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This issue of the elementary edition of Science Class features the theme Free for All and provides more than 60 free online opportunities teachers can use to get ready for next year. Please tell us what you think of the issue, or give us suggestions for additional free resources for teachers, by using the Feedback link on the left of Science Class or by sending an e-mail to us at enewsletterfeedback@nsta.org.

If you have a text-only browser or are having any difficulties accessingour links, please visit: http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2005-06/member_elementary.htm.


You'll appreciate the many free opportunities in this issue ranging from online publications and activities to catalogs of books, as well as science competitions and professional development workshops.

Free for All in the News

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

Free and Fee-Based Online Science Resources for the K-12 Community (Information Today, Inc.)

This article will aid you in your continuing quest to develop stimulating additions to traditional K–12+ science curricula.


An Online Resource Room Introduces a World of Books (and the Authors Who Create Them) (New York Times)


Free Opportunities for Elementary Teachers

Whether you are an elementary science teacher or an elementary teacher who also teaches science, these free resources can help you develop your teaching strategies for next year.

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Free Resources for Teachers of Science

Enrich your teaching materials and strategies with the following free resources and opportunities.

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Professional Development

The Eisenhower National Clearinghouse (ENC) serves as a resource for professional development guidelines. Access this information at http://www.enc.org/professional. But act quickly because ENC has lost its federal funding, and its free resources won't be free for much longer.

Global Science Teaching

Facing the Future: People and the Planet, a Seattle-based not-for-profit organization founded in 1995, educates teachers, students, and the public about the interconnected issues of the environment, population, poverty and equity, consumption, and peace and conflict. They strive to achieve their mission by researching and writing proven global issues and sustainability curriculum materials that meet educational standards, encouraging and supporting the participation of students and the public in action and service learning projects, and delivering educational resources through local, national, and international educator conferences, school district in-services, university preservices, their award-winning websites, and strategic partnerships. Facing the Future's website ,http://www.teacherscorner.org, includes extensive a free curriculum for teaching about global issues and solutions. Access a service-learning project database to bring global issues alive through action at http://www.creativeaction.org/service_learning.htm.

NSTA Opportunities

Looking for FREE Stuff? NSTA Reports' Teachers' Grab Bag Is Online

Well, you've just hit the jackpot. NSTA Reports' ever-popular column—Teachers' Grab Bag—is on the web. NSTA Reports is NSTA's source of news and information for and about science education, published six times a year for NSTA members only. Check out http://www.nsta.org/resourcesgrabbag, where you can find hundreds of free and almost free items such as videos, publications, CD-ROMs, lab kits, and more.

The Early Years

Science and Children and NSTA have established an online blog devoted to early childhood science (see http://science.nsta.org/earlyyearsblog). Here you’ll find teaching advice, management tips, favorite resources, and activity ideas specifically for teachers grades preK–2. The blog accompanies Science and Children’s column The Early Years, which will debut in the magazine in September 2005. Highlights from the online conversations will appear in the print column. Teachers who post a comment that gets chosen for publication in S&C will receive one free book from a select group of NSTA Press publications.

NSTA Press Books

Did you know that you can access a chapter of each new NSTA Press book online for free? Visit http://store.nsta.org/showMultipleItems.asp?category=62, and click on the book of your choice. Scroll down to the NSTA Press logo, and click on the "Read a sample in PDF format" link.


NSTA's new online resource, SciGuides, will transform the way you use the internet to plan and provide science instruction to your K–12 students. SciGuides will enable you to quickly and easily locate targeted science content information and teaching resources from NSTA-approved websites and will provide instructional tools and strategies to put them into practice. For more information and a sample SciGuide, visit http://sciguides.nsta.org/default.aspx.


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