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The Power of Developing Questioning Strategies in the Science Classroom






As authors of the popular NSTA Press book The Power of Questioning: Guiding Student Investigations, we get a lot of questions from readers. One of the top questions we get is, “What types of questions do I need to ask and when should I ask them?” Not only is this a frequently asked question it’s […]

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Prepare your students for next year’s eclipse with Solar Science






Great extras accompany this book, including safety glasses for viewing the eclipse and an Observer’s Guide to the All-American Total Solar Eclipse. “On Monday, August 21, 2017, a total eclipse of the Sun will be visible in the continental United States for the first time in almost 40 years. A total eclipse is when the […]

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Next Time You See a Spiderweb






“Children are naturally fascinated by spiderwebs, and when they learn that these webs are clever traps made by small and skillful spiders that never had a single lesson, these structures become even more remarkable. My wish is that after reading this book, you and your child feel a sense of wonder the next time you […]

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Nurture a love of learning in your science classroom

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How can we cultivate a student’s (and a teacher’s!) natural love of learning and exploration amid so many demands in today’s schools? The recent article “When Success Leads to Failure” in The Atlantic by teacher–author Jessica Lahey drew our attention once again to the pressure students feel to test well and excel in their studies—perhaps […]

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Encourage a Sense of Wonder in Your Students






New books in the NSTA Kids I Wonder Why series are available just in time for the new school year! Focused on the biological sciences, these five books introduce readers to basic science content pertaining to plants and animals. Author Lawrence F. Lowery ignites the curiosity of children in grades K–3 while encouraging them to […]

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What’s popular on NSTA’s website at the start of the school year






Browse the most popular books, e-books, and children’s trade books on NSTA’s website this month. Best wishes for the start of your school year! Most Popular NSTA Press Books Inquiring Scientists, Inquiring Readers: Using Nonfiction to Promote Science Literacy, Grades 3–5 A Head Start on Science: Encouraging a Sense of Wonder Uncovering Student Ideas in […]

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Argument-Driven Inquiry in Life Science






In the new NSTA Press book Argument-Driven Inquiry in Life Science: Lab Investigations for Grades 6-8, 20 lab activities present an innovative approach to lab instruction called argument-driven inquiry (ADI). Use of these labs can help teachers align their instruction with current recommendations for making life science more meaningful for students and more effective for […]

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What are science teachers reading this summer?






Browse this month’s most popular books, e-books, children’s trade books, and journal articles on NSTA’s website. Between now and August 14, 2015, save 10% on NSTA Press and NSTA Kids books or e-books by entering promo code SUMMER at checkout from the online Science Store. Most Popular NSTA Press Books Argument-Driven Inquiry in Life Science: […]

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Fill your summer with science






  Gaze at the Moon, follow the NASA New Horizons probe on its flyby of Pluto, or take a nature walk to benefit your brain. This is the time of year when science teachers get to choose their own adventures! Check out a few of our suggestions from this month’s issue of NSTA’s Book Beat, […]

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NSTA at #ILA15: Hands-On Science + Literacy Solutions






The 2015 annual conference of the International Literacy Association (ILA) takes place July 18-20. Featuring general session speakers Shaquille O’Neal, Octavia Spencer, Shiza Shahid, and Stephen Peters, the conference organizers state: “Illiteracy is a solvable problem, and together, we can make a difference! Amplify your efforts by joining forces with us at ILA 2015 in […]

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