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This issue of the elementary edition of Science Class features the theme Mixing and Matter. 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.

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"Even though chemistry is a cornerstone of scientific literacy—standing smack in the intersection of physics and biology—we haven’t done a good job communicating either its importance or how interesting it is. Chemistry isn’t often a favorite school subject," writes Science and Children Field Editor Chris Ohana in "So Long, Chem-o-Phobia," an article appearing in the February issue.

Ironically, however, students like to mix things together—the messier the better. Helping your young students understand that combining different materials is the basis of chemistry will go a long way toward staving off future cases of "Chem-o-Phobia." This issue of Science Class includes relevant news stories, journal articles, and new books that can help you start to mix things up in your classroom.

Mixing and Matter in the News

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

This month’s news stories can serve as a tool to help students better understand chemistry and boost their interest in the subject.

Visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2006-02/news_stories_elementary.htm to learn more.

Mixing and Matter on the Web

In this month's elementary journal, Science and Children, NSTA members can read "Fun with Phase Changes." The link to that article is http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=sc&n=51497. For the complete February Science and Children Table of Contents, visit http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=sc&n=51574. To read the Editor's Note, visit http://www.nsta.org/main/news/stories/science_and_children.php?news_story_ID=51518.

Each issue of Science and Children provides the reader with many online resources; to view a list of all of the websites in the February issue, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2006-02/linkselem.htm.

NSTA Journal Articles on Mixing and Matter

The archives of Science and Children contain several articles related to Mixing and Matter.

Click here to read more:


Books, Books, Books

To read about Mixing and Matter in NSTA Press® and NSTA Recommends books, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2006-02/books_elementary.htm.

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

Quality Counts at 10, Education Week's newly published report, provides detailed individualized state-by-state reports, assembling key findings in an accessible format that allows readers to examine a particular state’s performance on this year’s indicators and its progress over time. The report is free until February 4; it will then be available for purchase. To read more about the report, visit http://www.edweek.org/ew/toc/2006/01/05/index.html.

Global Science Teaching

A recent BBC News article shows how other nations are dealing with teacher shortages, and it reveals that many career changers are choosing to enter the teaching profession.

To read more, visit http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/4643928.stm.

NSTA Opportunities

NSTA Web Seminars
These 90-minute, live professional development experiences allow distant participants to interact with recognized experts, including NSTA Press authors and NASA scientists, engineers, and education specialists. Seminars take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m., EST. Because these online events are grant-funded, they are offered at no cost; however, the number of participants is limited, so advance registration is strongly advised. For a full schedule of Seminar topics, dates, and times, and to register, visit http://institute.nsta.org/web_seminars.asp.

The February Web Seminars are scheduled on these dates:

February 8: Olaf Jorgenson, co-author of Doing Good Science in Middle School, looks at inquiry in the classroom.
February 16: Bill Carlsen, co-author of Watershed Dynamics, returns with more environmental science concepts and activities for high school teachers.
February 22: Juliana Texley, Terry Kwan, and John Summers, co-authors of Investigating Safely, will discuss more safety requirements for the high school classroom and laboratory.

NSTA Symposia Schedule
The following NSTA Symposia will take place at the National Conference on Science Education in Anaheim, California, April 6–9, 2006:

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. To view the first column, visit http://www.nsta.org/main/news/stories/science_and_children.php?category_ID=86&news_story_ID=50933. 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.

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

Health, Nutrition, and the Human Body

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