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This issue of the elementary edition of Science Class features the theme Reading Strategies for 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.

If you have a text-only browser or are having any difficulties accessing our links, please visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2006-11/member_elementary.htm.


Reading activities mixed with science investigations can be a powerful combination. Teachers are looking for ways to integrate reading and science, particularly for ways that complement both subjects. The two subjects share many processes in common, such as making predictions, inferences, collecting evidence, and more. Chris Ohana, field editor of Science and Children, explains that reading should take place in a classroom in which students engage in investigations and inquiry. "We do not suggest that reading should replace a more active, investigative science experience." This issue highlights the positive results when the two are combined effectively.

Reading Strategies for Science 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 new research, curriculum units, and a genetic technique that all combine science with reading.

Visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2006-11/news_stories_elementary.htm to learn more.

Reading Strategies for Science on the Web

In this month's elementary-level journal, Science and Children, NSTA members can read "Primary Students and Informational Texts" at http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=sc&n=52831. For the complete Science and Children November 2006 Illustrated Table of Contents, visit http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=sc&n=52833.

NSTA Journal Articles on Reading Strategies for Science

The articles in NSTA journal archives provide many ideas for incorporating reading strategies into your science lessons.

Click here to read more:


Books, Books, Books

To read about reading strategies in NSTA Press® and NSTA Recommends® books, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2006-11/books_elementary.htm.

To read about the newest titles available from NSTA Press, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2006-11/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 through March 2007. Topics include: nutrition and food safety, the Moon, Mars exploration, plate tectonics, 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 Western Area Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, December 7-9, 2006:

The Fragile Ice, presented by NSF, NASA, and NOAA
Energy: Stop Faking It!, presented by NSTA Press author Bill Robertson

Global Science Teaching

UNEP, Yale and Publishers Launch “Online Access to Research in the Environment” for Global Access to Critical Environmental Research

To help reduce great disparities in scientific resources, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Yale University, and leading science and technology publishers today launch a new collaborative initiative to make global research in the environmental sciences available online to scientists, researchers, and policy makers in the developing world for free or at nominal cost.

To read more, visit http://www.yale.edu/opa/newsr/06-10-30-05.all.html

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.

Update Your Files

The article "Inquiry on Board" from the October issue of Science and Children contained some typographical errors. In two places (in Figure 1 and under the subhead Choose Variables, the parenthetical descriptions of independent variable and dependent variables were incorrect. For a corrected pdf of the article for your files, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/sc0610_34.pdf.

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:

Earth Science

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