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This issue of the elementary edition of Science Class features the theme Environmental Education. 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/2007-04/member_elementary.htm.


Instilling today's elementary students with an understanding of how important it is for everyone to work toward protecting the Earth's environment can be fun, yet challenging. Science teachers might have difficulty teaching this broad subject because many news stories and lesson plans veer away from the science and focus instead on emotional issues surrounding our responsibility to preserve the environment. You may find yourself wondering which teaching methods will both inform your students about the environment and inspire them to nurture it. In this issue of Science Class, teachers and their students can learn more about this topic through news and journal articles, websites, books, and other resources. By emphasizing the science of environmental conservation to students, teachers can help create a new generation of environmental stewards.


Environmental Education 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 discuss various programs and resources to connect teachers and students to the environment.

Visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2007-04/news_stories_elementary.htm to read more.

Environmental Education on the Web

In this month's elementary-level journal, Science and Children, NSTA members can read "A WebQuest for Spatial Skills" at http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=sc&n=53629. For the complete Science and Children April/May 2007 Illustrated Table of Contents, visit http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=sc&n=53649.

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

Environment: http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=63204521226611

NSTA Journal Articles on Environmental Education

These articles from the NSTA journal archives discuss how important it is for everyone to care for and about the environment.

Click here to read more:


Books, Books, Books

To read about Environmental Education in NSTA Press® and NSTA Recommends® books, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2007-04/books_elementary.htm.

To read about the newest titles available from NSTA Press, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2007-04/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

NSTA Web Seminars are 90-minute, live professional development experiences that use online learning technologies to allow participants to interact with nationally acclaimed experts, NSTA Press authors, and scientists, engineers, and education specialists from NSTA government partners such as NASA, NOAA, FDA, and the NSDL.

The following Web Seminars are scheduled for April:

NSDL: Teach Engineering: April 10, 2007
NSTA: Energy: Stop Faking It!: April 12, 2007
NOAA: GPS and Geodesy for Dummies: Do You Know Where You Are?: April 19, 2007
FDA: Food Safety and Nutrition: April 26, 2007

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

Global Science Teaching

Seeking an Edge, Asian Teachers Visit American Schools

A recent Washington Post article details what science teachers from Singapore hope to gain from their visit to a magnet school in Virginia. The article quotes George Wolfe, director of the two-year-old public school, who asks, "How do you measure excitement? How do you measure creativity? There's so much publicity about Americans not scoring well on tests, but few people ask the question: Then why are we producing so much innovation from our scientists?"

To read the article, visit http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/03/18/AR2007031801160.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. 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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