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This issue of the middle level edition of Science Class features the theme Weather. 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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Although students may be unclear about the relevance of some science subjects, weather is not one of them. Weather is big news. When Jim Cantore of The Weather Channel's Storm Stories spoke at an NSTA conference, he recalled that he was always fascinated by weather, but he never dreamed what the future held for him. "When I was a kid, I couldn't imagine that one day there would be a TV channel devoted to the weather 24 hours a day and that people would watch it!" Today's students have certainly seen the effects of severe weather. The devastating effects of the recent hurricanes have been broadcast in living color for all to observe. Students tend to be interested in learning about the weather—both everyday and severe—and the news stories, journal articles, and new books featured in this issue can help you bring the weather right into your classroom.

Weather in the News

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

The three articles selected for this month's issue discuss technologies to track hurricanes, the ways global warming can affect weather, and the weather as a news staple.

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

Weather on the Web

In this month's middle level journal, Science Scope, NSTA members can read "What Happens to Animals During Hurricanes?" The link to that article is http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=ss&n=51521. For the complete February Science Scope Table of Contents, visit http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=ss&n=51573.

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

Weather: http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=9263565510221066

NSTA Journal Articles on Weather

The archives of Science Scope provide additional articles that deal with weather.

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Books, Books, Books

To read about weather in NSTA Press® and NSTA Recommends books, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2006-02/books_middle.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:

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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