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This issue of the elementary edition of Science Class features the theme Health, Nutrition, and the Human Body. 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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In increasing numbers, our nation's children are suffering from obesity. One news story follows another on the subject; between news stories, however, ads for fat-laden fast-food products vie for our attention. If this paradox in our society leaves adults overwhelmed, imagine its effects on children. Students need to learn to take responsibility for their actions and respect and nurture their bodies. Understanding the importance of good nutrition and the workings of the human body are important steps. This issue of Science Class provides news stories, SciLinks, journal articles, and books that can help you teach your students that knowledge paired with personal action is a powerful combination that can enhance their lives.


Health, Nutrition, and the Human Body

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 articles spotlight a new study that discusses how important it is to eat certain foods and new health initiatives by government officials. To learn more, visit



Health, Nutrition, and the Human Body

on the Web

In this month's elementary journal, Science and Children, NSTA members can read "Fat Finders." The link to that article is http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=sc&n=51714. For the complete March Science and Children Table of Contents, visit http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=sc&n=51733.

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

Human Body: http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=92635621103310661011

NSTA Journal Articles on Health, Nutrition, and the Human Body

The archives of Science and Children contain several articles related to health, nutrition, and the human body.

Click here to read more:


Books, Books, Books

To read about Health, Nutrition, and the Human Body in NSTA Press® and NSTA Recommends books, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2006-03/books_elementary.htm.

To read about the newest titles available from NSTA Press, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2006-03/newbookselem.htm. To receive the latest NSTA catalog for your specific grade level, visit http://ecommerce.nsta.org/catalog_signup.

Professional Development

For Some Educators, Tagging Is "It"

A recent article in eSchool News explains how a new way to find and store information online has implications for schools and teachers.

Click here to read more:


Global Science Teaching

Learning Knows No National Borders

Gene Carter, executive director of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), writes about how the education needs and goals of other countries are not dissimilar to our own. In his February column, "Is It Good for the Kids?", Carter writes, "We have much to do to shore up our educational systems and to ensure that our children can compete globally in the future. We have many great examples of increasing international understanding and cooperation that we can follow. But as educators, we must start with ourselves, expanding the scope of our knowledge and then passing it on to our students."

To read more, visit http://www.ascd.org/portal/site/ascd/menuitem.ef397d712ea0a4a0a89ad324d3108a0c/


NSTA Opportunities

Discovery’s MythBusters to Headline President’s Banquet at NSTA’s National Conference, April 6-9

Myths, urban legends, old wives’ tales... How can one be sure what’s fact and what’s fiction? NSTA is pleased to announce that Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, co-hosts of Discovery Channel’s popular MythBusters series, will speak at the President’s Annual Banquet at NSTA’s Anaheim Conference on Saturday, April 8. And that’s live and in person! The hugely popular duo takes on three myths each week using modern-day science to show viewers what's real and what's fiction. And they do more than explain how something may or may not be scientifically possible: Through trial and error, they actually demonstrate it.

Tickets are required for the 7 p.m. banquet, and they may be purchased when you register at http://www.nsta.org/anaheim or on-site (if still available). Don’t miss this event!

NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Books

Since 1973, NSTA and the Children’s Book Council (CBC) have established the criteria for the highest-quality and most engaging, scientifically-accurate publications for children. The titles for each year’s list are selected by a book review panel appointed by NSTA and assembled in cooperation with the CBC. To learn more about the CBC, visit http://www.cbcbooks.org. To read the complete list of Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K–12, which were selected from books published in 2005, visit http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=sc&n=51699.

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

Creepy, Crawly Science

Teachers at the Early Years Blog are already discussing how they resolved their Critter Jitter concerns. To join in, visit http://science.nsta.org/earlyyearsblog/comments.aspx?blogid=1&articleid=49.

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