Students with solid investigation skills excel in problem solving
and critical thinking; they are more likely to remember what they
learn; and they come to understand the nature of scientific work.
But teaching students to observe, to understand probability, or
to develop a sound question to investigate requires attention to
the skills themselves. This issue is full of fresh ideas for helping
students acquire the skills they need.
Skills on the Web
In this month's elementary-level journal, Science and Children,
NSTA members can read "Unlocking the Power of Observation"
For the complete Science and Children September 2006 Illustrated
Table of Contents, visit http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=sc&n=52439.
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
Teaching Strategies: http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=92635621109910661011
Journal Articles on Investigation Skills
The articles in NSTA journal archives provide many ideas for improving
your students' investigation skills.
Click here to read more:
To read about Investigation Skills in NSTA Press® and NSTA
Recommends® books, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2006-09/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,
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
To learn more or to register, visit http://institute.nsta.org/web_seminars.asp.
The following NSTA Symposia are scheduled to take
place at the Midwestern Area Conference in Omaha, Nebraska, October
and Motion: Stop Faking It!, presented by NSTA Press author
Exploration, presented by NASA
Eager to add a global element to your classes while
continuing to meet your state's required standards? Global Connections
and Exchange (GCE), a program sponsored by the U.S. Department
of State, can provide you with an easy way to do just that! GCE
is made possible through support and funding from the U.S. State
Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It is
a part of iEARN-USA's BRIDGE project, which is committed to connecting
students and teachers in the United States to those in countries
with significant Muslim populations. Through a variety of short-term
or long-term technology-based projects, your classes can connect
directly with classrooms in Central Asia, thereby exposing your
students to new cultures and perspectives. For more information,
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.
Science and Children (grades preK5) has issued a Call
for Papers on specific topics. Click here to find out more:
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