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This issue of the elementary edition of Science Class features the theme Creepy, Crawly Science. 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/2006-04/member_elementary.htm.



The challenges connected with having live creatures in the classroom are many. Identifying safety hazards, ensuring humane treatment, and dealing with students' allergies are just a few of the concerns involved when you tap into your students' passion for animals. Because all creatures play roles in our environment, students need to learn to appreciate and understand them. Even the "creepiest" of creatures are critical components of our ecosystem. This issue of Science Class reveals how many teachers have succeeded in bringing creepy, crawly creatures into their classrooms, to everyone's benefit.


Creepy, Crawly Science in the News

Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Digest

(Visit http://www.nsta.org/mainnews for national news for science educators).

Creepy, crawly creatures featured in this month’s news stories include snails, worms, and bats. To read more, visit


Creepy, Crawly Science on the Web

In this month's elementary journal, Science and Children, NSTA members can read "Crazy About Crayfish." The link to that article is http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=sc&n=51806. For the complete April/May Science and Children Table of Contents, visit http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=sc&n=51830.

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

Bugs: http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=92635621104410661011

Each issue of Science and Children provides the reader with many online resources; to view a list of all of the websites in the April/May issue, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2006-04/elemlinks.htm.

NSTA Journal Articles on Creepy, Crawly Science

The archives of Science and Children contain several articles showing students’ fascination with the study of all different types of creatures.

Click here to read more:


Books, Books, Books

To read about Creepy, Crawly Science in NSTA Press® and NSTA Recommends® books, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2006-04/books_elementary.htm.

To read about the newest titles available from NSTA Press, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2006-04/newbookselem.htm. To receive the latest NSTA catalog for your specific grade level, visit http://ecommerce.nsta.org/catalog_signup.

Professional Development

ASCD Issues Special Report on Professional Development

The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) issued a two-part special report on professional development in March. Part I of the report (http://www.smartbrief.com/alchemy/servlet/encodeServlet?issueid=F0CE2287-6DC8-43F8-8C88-6D9D332FC944) examines the link between preservice teacher training and success in the classroom, as well as the key aspects of successful in-service learning. Part II (http://www.smartbrief.com/alchemy/servlet/encodeServlet?issueid=14DC2CE6-1E78-4675-9412-48F5B40E8101) digs into the thorny topic of how government policies affect professional development, then surveys some best practices.

Global Science Teaching

Students Take on World's Challenges

A recent Christian Science Monitor article examines a new initiative called Challenge 20/20. Organized by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) in Washington, D.C., it engages students as young as preK in finding local ways to address 20 urgent issues—after students have thought about them first on a global level.

To read more, visit http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0322/p16s01-legn.html?s=hns%20.

NSTA Opportunities

NSTA Web Seminars

Ten NSTA Web Seminars are scheduled between April 2006 and June 2006. These 90-minute, live professional development experiences allow distant participants to interact with recognized experts including NSTA Press authors, and scientists, engineers, and education specialists from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Seminars last from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Eastern Time. Because these online events are grant-funded, they are offered at no cost; however, the number of participants is limited, and participation is first-come, first-served on the day of the program. Register early to receive a username. Password and other program information will follow via e-mail. For a complete schedule of topics, dates, and times, and to register, visit http://institute.nsta.org/web_seminars.asp.

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:



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