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This issue of the elementary edition of Science Class features the theme Teaching Investigation Skills. 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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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.

Investigation Skills on the Web

In this month's elementary-level journal, Science and Children, NSTA members can read "Unlocking the Power of Observation" at http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=sc&n=52414. 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

NSTA 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:


Books, Books, Books

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 http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2006-09/newbookselem.htm. To receive the latest NSTA catalog for your specific grade level, visit http://ecommerce.nsta.org/catalog_signup.

Professional Development

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

Global Science Teaching

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, visit http://us.iearn.org/collaborate/programs/bridge/february_2006_news.php.

NSTA Opportunities

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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