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This issue of the high-school edition of Science Class features the theme The Blue Planet. 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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One glance at a picture from space reveals our Blue Planet in all its watery glory. Because such a tremendous percentage of the Earth's surface is water, students may not truly comprehend how delicate the balance is between the state of water and life on our planet. The Science Teacher’s field editor, Steve Metz, writes that "climate change, increasing human population, overfishing, coastal development, and industrial pollution place virtually all Earth’s water systems at risk, from the smallest local ponds and streams to huge underground aquifers, vast oceanfront shorelines, and the deep ocean." In this issue, you'll read about the latest water stories making the news, journal articles that reveal how colleagues across the country teach their students about this important topic, and the latest NSTA Press® books that can help you with your own teaching.

The Blue Planet in the News

Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Digest

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

Stories selected for this month’s theme discuss the many forms and effects of water.

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The Blue Planet on the Web

In this month's high school-level journal, The Science Teacher, NSTA members can read "Inquiry in Limnology Lessons" at http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=tst&n=52451. For the complete The Science Teacher September 2006 Illustrated Table of Contents, visit http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=tst&n=52466.

The August issue of Science Class dealt with Ocean Science; to view that issue, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2006-08/member_high.htm.

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

Water Cycle: http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=92635699109910661011

NSTA Journal Articles on The Blue Planet

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

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Books, Books, Books

To read about The Blue Planet in NSTA Press® and NSTA Recommends® books, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2006-09/books_high.htm.

Click here for the newest titles from NSTA Press:


To receive the latest NSTA catalog for your specific grade level, visit


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

The following NSTA Symposia are scheduled to take place at the Eastern Area Conference in Baltimore, November 2-4, 2006:

The Ocean's Role in Weather and Climate, presented by NOAA
Force and Motion: Stop Faking It!, presented by NSTA Press author Bill Robertson
Food Safety and Nutrition, presented by the FDA
Living and Working in Space: Energy, presented by NASA

Global Science Teaching

Eager to add a global element to your classes while still fulfilling 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.

Next Month's Theme:

Digital Frontiers: Using Technology in the Science Classroom

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