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This issue of the elementary edition of Science Class features the theme Create a Science Buzz. Please tell us what you think of the issue 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 accessing our links, please visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2005-07/member_elementary.htm.


Are you already thinking about the new school year? If so, you are not alone. According to a recent survey by NSTA Express, many science teachers plan their lessons and activities over the summer. With a little more time for planning, you can create activities that generate excitement for science in your students, school, and community. This issue is full of ideas that have the "buzz factor." Enjoy your summer and your planning!

Create a Science Buzz in the News

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

Stories selected for this issue discuss summer science activities. Visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2005-07/news_stories_elementary.htm to read more.

Create a Science Buzz on the Net

In this month's elementary journal, Science and Children, NSTA members can read "Take the Eco-Challenge." The link to that article is http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=sc&n=50635.

NSTA Journal Articles on Creating a Science Buzz

These articles from the NSTA Journal Archives explore materials resource centers and hands-on materials and tell how to organize a full-day schoolwide event featuring real-world science. Click here to read more:


Books, Books, Books

NSTA Press books offer the latest information for science educators. Selections for this issue are the newest titles that NSTA Press has to offer and are grade-appropriate choices to help you with this month's theme: Create a Science Buzz. Click here for this issue's recommended titles:


To receive the latest NSTA catalog for your specific grade level, visit


Professional Development

In his article, "Promoting Positivity, Choice, and Reflection," Marvin Marshall defines three practices that he thinks can make school a place where teachers and students want to be. To read what the developer of the Raise Responsibility System has to say about practicing positive self-talk and sharing the technique with staff and students, visit http://www.marvinmarshall.com/promoting_positivity.htm.

Global Science Teaching

In the May 26 issue of Education Week, Karen Diegmueller writes that "education journalists from some 40 countries gathered…in the suburbs of Paris…to share information and insights about the education systems in one another’s countries." Read more at http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2005/05/26/39fiep_web.h24.html.

NSTA Opportunities

The Early Years

Science and Children (S&C) and NSTA have established a 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 of 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's Online Offerings

Use some of your summer time to review the many science teaching resources that are available on the NSTA website.


Call for Papers

Science and Children (grades preK–5) has issued a Call for Papers on specific topics. Click here to find out more:


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