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This issue of the elementary edition of Science Class features the theme Measurement. 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/2006-10/member_elementary.htm.


How do your students measurement skills measure up? Did you know that the week containing the tenth day of the tenth month is National Metric Week? The U.S. Metric Association (http://lamar.colostate.edu/~hillger/metric-week.html) has many ideas for encouraging American students and teachers to master metric measurement. National Metric Week provides an excellent opportunity for teachers to acquaint students with the usage, history, and importance in the world as the international system of measurement. This issue presents many ideas that will have you thinking differently about how you teach your students to measure up.

Measurement in the News

Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Digest (visit http://www.nsta.org/mainnews

for national news for science educators).

This month’s news articles explain why scientists need to measure color distortion and light, as well as a plan to redefine the most basic unit of measurement—the kilogram.

Visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2006-10/news_stories_elementary.htm to learn more.

Measurement on the Web

In this month's elementary-level journal, Science and Children, NSTA members can read "What's Hot? What's Not?" at http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=sc&n=52613. For the complete Science and Children October 2006 Illustrated Table of Contents, visit http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=sc&n=52667.

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

Systems of Measurement: http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=92635621111010661011

NSTA Journal Articles on Measurement

The articles in NSTA journal archives provide many ideas for improving your students' measurement skills.

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Books, Books, Books

To read about measurement in NSTA Press® and NSTA Recommends® books, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2006-10/books_elementary.htm.

To read about the newest titles available from NSTA Press, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2006-10/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

The Salvation of Science (The Australian)

The president of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, Robin Batterham, writes about her concern that so many of her nation's students are not choosing to study science, education, and technology.

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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. To read the October column "Learning Measurement", visit http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=sc&n=52619. 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:


Next Month's Theme:

Reading Strategies for Science

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