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This issue of the elementary edition of Science Class features the theme Creative Integration. 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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Transforming students into critical thinkers involves teaching them about the connections among the subjects they are learning. If they understand that what they are studying has a context and a connection to other subjects, learning should make more sense to them. Science can be integrated with many other subjects in very natural ways: Science and art, science and music, science and math, science and social studies—the list continues. In this issue, you'll read about how teachers are using creative ways to make these important connections with their students.

Creative Integration in the News

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

News stories selected for this issue provide examples of how science can be integrated with other disciplines.

Visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2007-02/news_stories_elementary.htm to read more.

Creative Integration on the Web

In this month's elementary-level journal, Science and Children, NSTA members can read "Cheep, Chirp, Twitter, and Whistle" at http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=sc&n=53291. For the complete Science and Children February 2007 Illustrated Table of Contents, visit http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=sc&n=53305.

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

Teaching Strategies: http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=92635621102210771011

NSTA Journal Articles on Creative Integration

These articles from the NSTA journal archives discuss many ways that other subjects can be integrated with science lessons for effective learning.

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Books, Books, Books

To read about Creative Integration in NSTA Press® and NSTA Recommends® books, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2007-02/books_elementary.htm.

To read about the newest titles available from NSTA Press, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2007-02/newbookselem.htm. To receive the latest NSTA catalog for your specific grade level, visit http://ecommerce.nsta.org/catalog_signup.

Professional Development

Teaching Science in the 21st Century: Part 6 in a Series from NSTA Reports

The sixth installment in NSTA Reports’ series is titled “Virtual Professional Development: The Good, the Bad, and the Future”. Written by Karen J. Charles and Jane E. Griffin, the piece begins, “Improving science programs for students means improving professional development for their teachers. As curriculum materials and instructional programs evolve, educators need to know how to use new textbooks and materials based on inquiry and on cognitive research. They also need to know how to establish collaborative learning environments in which teachers can learn and grow while studying these new materials (Nelson 2006). What does this mean for professional development? What are the new tools and strategies that can meet the demands of a new workforce, one raised on 24/7 access to technology, to information, and to peers? Most of us are familiar with the term “online professional development,” but we would say that our experiences with it have been less than satisfactory.

This series offers opinion pieces by many of the leaders in science education today. To read the sixth installment, visit http://www.nsta.org/main/news/stories/nsta_story.php?news_story_ID=53347. To find out more about the book by the same name that inspired the series, visit http://store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=PB195X.

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

Reading Expert: Don't Forget Fluency

In an interview with eSchool News, noted reading expert Jon Bower, CEO of Soliloquy Learning, says 100% reading proficiency for all students is the key to global competitiveness—and "the only way to do that is through technology." To read more, visit http://www.eschoolnews.com/news/showStory.cfm?ArticleID=6813.

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:


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