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This issue of the elementary edition of Science Class features the theme Primary Foundations. 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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Comprehending some of the basic cycles in science, coupled with an understanding of inquiry, gives students the necessary tools to address future challenges in science with skill and knowledge. In this issue, read about the innovative approaches of elementary science teachers who work to provide their students with the primary foundations they need to succeed.

Primary Foundations in the News

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

Teachers Use Hands-On Experiments to Ensure That Science Lessons Stick (Arizona Republic)

Urban educators try to expose students to science in more meaningful ways, such as using hands-on activities and going on field trips, after too many years of students learning only from textbooks.


Primary Foundations on the Web

In this month's elementary-level journal, Science and Children, NSTA members can read "Fabulous Weather Day" at http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=sc&n=53128. For the complete Science and Children January 2007 Illustrated Table of Contents, visit http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=sc&n=53139.

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

Technology Teaching Tools: http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=92635621101110771011

NSTA Journal Articles on Primary Foundations

The articles in NSTA journal archives provide many ideas for building a strong foundation in science with your young students.

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Books, Books, Books

To read about Primary Foundations in NSTA Press® and NSTA Recommends® books, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2007-01/books_elementary.htm.

To read about the newest titles available from NSTA Press, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2007-01/newbookselem.htm. To receive the latest NSTA catalog for your specific grade level, visit http://ecommerce.nsta.org/catalog_signup.

Professional Development

Engaging the Budding Scientist

With an increased emphasis on testing science achievement comes a corresponding need to make science interesting and exciting to students. The authors in the December 2006 issue of Educational Leadership spotlight science education, discussing the demand for more rigorous science teaching in classrooms, the professional development science teachers require, and the need to share best practices internationally.

Click here to read more: http://www.ascd.org/portal/site/ascd/index.jsp

NSTA Symposia

The following NSTA Symposia will take place at the National Conference on Science Education in St. Louis, Missouri, March 29 – April 1, 2007:

Impact of Polar Climate Change on Living Systems, presented by NSF, NASA, and NOAA
Polar Climates, How Are They Changing?, presented by NSF, NASA, and NOAA
The Fragile Ice, presented by NSF, NASA, and NOAA
Living and Working in Space: Habitat, presented by NASA
GPS and Geodesy for Dummies: Do You Know Where You Are?, presented by NOAA
Food Safety and Nutrition, presented by the FDA
Energy: Stop Faking It!, presented by NSTA Press author Bill Robertson

Visit http://institute.nsta.org/default.asp for registration information.

Global Science Teaching

Happy Birthday, Darwin! Are you and your students aware that Charles Darwin, the famous naturalist who provided the first coherent theory of evolution by means of natural selection, was an indifferent student and slow learner who preferred to spend hours watching birds, examining plants, and collecting seashells and insects? Join educators worldwide in celebrating Darwin Day on February 12—the anniversary of Darwin’s birthday—and let his story inspire your students to study science. For a detailed description of Darwin’s life and work, access http://www.aboutdarwin.com. This website has an extensive database of links to education websites related to Darwin and his work. See also http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/darwin, which offers an educators guide and links to evolution websites.

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:

Creative Integration

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