NSTA’s K-12 Science Education Journals: December Issues Online

The holidays are upon us, but you don’t get a break from teaching quite yet. You need science education resources that you can use in your classroom tomorrow, and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) has them for you! Written by educators, these grade-level journals are targeted to your teaching level. NSTA’s December journals are live online (with select articles being free for all, and full content being free to all NSTA members). Browse these issues for classroom-tested ideas, activities you can use tomorrow, and commentary from experts in the field.

Science and Children December coverScience and Children

To help students build their own conceptual understanding, it is important to engage them in learning in a way that translates the core ideas into understandable experiences. This issue offers resources and strategies for tapping into students’ interests to stimulate engaging science instruction.

Featured articles (please note, only those marked “free” are available to nonmembers):

Science Scope December coverScience Scope

Our Earth is covered with impact craters, fault lines, and storm damage from natural hazards that have plagued our planet in the past. Learn more about the fascinating forces of nature with the activities found in this issue of Science Scope so you can better understand the next disaster that comes our way.

Featured articles (please note, only those marked “free” are available to nonmembers):

The Science Teacher December coverThe Science Teacher

This issue of The Science Teacher focuses on one of the seven crosscutting concepts—”patterns”—found in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Crosscutting concepts have been prominent in education reform documents for over two decades. What’s new is that the NGSS elevates crosscutting concepts by weaving them into the student performance expectations for all students, so that they will become an explicit part of science instruction beginning in the earliest years of schooling. This issue presents several articles that will help you bring the crosscutting concept of Patterns into your classroom, including a history of science piece on the classification of species—a practical and important application of pattern recognition.

Featured articles (please note, only those marked “free” are available to nonmembers):


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