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This issue of the middle-level edition of Science Class features the theme Natural Hazards and Disasters. 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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A natural hazard is a physical event, such as an earthquake or a landslide. It becomes a disaster when humans are vulnerable and when financial, structural, or human losses occur. Many natural disasters have played out across newspaper headlines and television screens in recent years, and students can display a range of reactions to them. Generally, students are interested in learning how and why these things happen. Opportunities abound to capture their interest while teaching them science. This issue of Science Class provides many examples of how colleagues teach their students important lessons they need to know to be safe.

Natural Hazards and Disasters in the News

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

Stories based on this month’s theme discuss a range of natural disasters, such as floods, tsunamis, and volcanoes.

Visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2007-03/news_stories_middle.htm to read more.

Natural Hazards and Disasters on the Web

In this month's middle-level journal, Science Scope, NSTA members can read "Waves and Tsunami Project" at http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=ss&n=53455. For the complete Science Scope March 2007 Illustrated Table of Contents, visit http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=ss&n=53481.

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

Natural Hazards and Disasters: http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=92635655103310771011

NSTA Journal Articles on Natural Hazards and Disasters

The NSTA journal archives have many ideas for teaching your students the science behind natural disasters.

Click here to learn more:


Books, Books, Books

To read about Natural Hazards and Disasters in NSTA Press® and NSTA Recommends® books, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2007-3/books_middle.htm.

To read about the newest titles available from NSTA Press, visithttp://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2007-03/newbooksmiddle.htm.To receive the latest NSTA catalog for your specific grade level, visit


Professional Development

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

Out-of-Touch Teachers Hobble Science Studies

A recent story in the Sydney Morning Herald reports "An aging workforce and rapid advances in technology could have a serious impact on the quality of science teaching, an analysis commissioned by the [Australian] Federal Government warns. The study concludes: 'It is probable that a significant proportion of science teachers may be out of touch with contemporary science and also lack the skills to change their teaching to meet new challenges.'"

Click here to read more: http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/outoftouch-teachers-hobble-science-studies/2007/03/04/1172943275712.html

NSTA Opportunities

Call for Papers

Science Scope (grades 6–9) has issued a Call for Papers on selected topics. Click here to read more:


Next Month's Theme:

Regulation and Behavior in Organisms

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