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This issue of the elementary edition of Science Class features the theme Earth 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/2006-12/member_elementary.htm.


Rocks, soil, volcanoes—these are things that elementary students are fascinated by and excited to learn about. By capitalizing on that interest, your students can begin to understand the effects of erosion, the importance of discovering fossils, and what our planet has to tell us about its own history. This issue presents many ideas to help you inspire your students to dig in to Earth Science.

Earth Science in the News

Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Digest (visit http://www.nsta.org/mainnews for national news for science educators).

Three news stories discuss geologists’efforts to learn more about the Earth.

Visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2006-12/news_stories_elementary.htm to learn more.

Earth Science on the Web

In this month's elementary-level journal, Science and Children, NSTA members can read "This Land is Your Land" at http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=sc&n=52973. For the complete Science and Children December 2006 Illustrated Table of Contents, visit http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=sc&n=52994.

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

Rocks: http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=92635621112210111066

NSTA Journal Articles on Earth Science

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

Click here to read more:


Books, Books, Books

To read about Earth science in NSTA Press® and NSTA Recommends® books, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2006-12/books_elementary.htm.

To read about the newest titles available from NSTA Press, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2006-12/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

The NSTA Web Seminars series continues through March 2007! Topics include: nutrition and outbreaks, Mars exploration, the ocean's role in weather and climate, space weather, gravity, circular motion, work and simple machines, and the International Polar Year. To learn more and to register, visit http://institute.nsta.org/web_seminars.asp.

NSTA Symposia

The following NSTA Symposia topics will be presented at the National Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, March 29-April 1, 2007:

International Polar Year science and discoveries, kinetic and potential energy, work and simple machines, global positioning system and geography, nutrition and outbreaks, and space habitats.

On-line registration begins December 18, 2006 at http://institute.nsta.org/default.asp.

Global Science Teaching

Math/Science Education in a Global Age

Given the common challenges posed by globalization, many nations also face capacity-building issues in workforce development and education. In 2005, Asia Society and the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China convened the U.S.-China Education Leaders Forum on Math and Science Education in Denver, Colorado. The purpose of the Forum was to deepen knowledge of the two education systems and to develop a set of ideas as to how the two countries could learn from each others’ strengths and challenges in mathematics and science education. This report summarizes the discussion at the Forum as well as related research on Asian achievement in math and science to make these ideas available to a wider audience.

To read more, visit http://www.internationaled.org/mathsciencereport.pdf.

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:


Next Month's Theme:

Primary Foundations

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