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This issue of the elementary edition of Science Class features the theme Ocean 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.

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So much of the Earth is covered by ocean waters, and yet our oceans remain one of the last frontiers of truly unexplored territory. As new technologies emerge that aid in exploration, the mysteries of the seas are slowly revealing themselves to us. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) presents a comprehensive website (http://www.oceanexplorer.noaa.gov) that provides lesson plans and professional development opportunities. Depending on where you live, many of your students may return to school still excited about their beach vacations, and others may have never seen the ocean. Inspire their curiosity about the unknown with ideas and suggestions from this issue of Science Class.

Ocean Science in the News

Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Digest

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

News stories selected for this issue focus on different ocean phenomena and factors that affect the ocean environment.

To read more, visit


Ocean Science on the Web

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

Exploring Earth's Oceans: http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=92635621108810661011

NSTA Journal Articles on Ocean Science

The NSTA journal archives yield several articles that provide creative approaches to teaching your students about oceans.

Click here to read more:


Books, Books, Books

To read about Ocean Science in NSTA Press® and NSTA Recommends® books, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2006-08/books_elementary.htm.

To read about the newest titles available from NSTA Press, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2006-08/newbookselem.htm. To receive the latest NSTA catalog for your specific grade level, visit http://ecommerce.nsta.org/catalog_signup.

Professional Development

NSTA Issues New Position Statement on Professional Development

"To be prepared for the 21st century, it is critical that all students have sufficient knowledge of and skills in science. Studies suggest that high-quality teaching can make a significant difference in student learning. NSTA believes a high-quality science teacher workforce requires meaningful, ongoing professional development." To read the entire Position Statement, visit http://www.nsta.org/positionstatement&psid=45.

Global Science Teaching

Teachers from South Korea visit the United States to learn about its Talented and Gifted (TAG) programs; they learn that programs here differ greatly from their programs at home. To read more, visit The Register-Guard website at http://www.registerguard.com/news/2006/07/13/c1.cr.korea.0713.p1.php?section=cityregion.

NSTA Opportunities

NSTA Web Seminars

A new series of NSTA Web Seminars is scheduled between September 2006 and March 2007. Topics include: nutrition and food safety, the Moon, the ocean's role in weather and climate, living and working in space, force and motion, energy, and the International Polar Year!

To learn more or to register, visit http://institute.nsta.org/web_seminars.asp.

NSTA Symposia

The following NSTA Symposia are scheduled to take place at the Midwestern Area Conference in Omaha, Nebraska, October 19-21, 2006:

Force and Motion: Stop Faking It!, presented by NSTA Press author Bill Robertson
Lunar Exploration, presented by NASA

The Early Years

Science and Children (S&C) and NSTA have 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. 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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