September 21, 2009
Charted For Success!
Below are downloadable versions of the graphs on p. 5-7 of the Teacher's Edition—with one type of graph per page:
Scientific Method ChecklistWant to turn your students into stellar scientists? Print this handy "Scientific Method Checklist" for your students.
Science World PowerPoints
This year, Science World is introducing PowerPoint presentations to go along with select feature articles. They are perfect for use on SMART Boards, as well as on your school computer, or as handouts. Click here to download FOSSILS, this year's first PowerPoint presentation, or click here for more information.Teacher's Edition
Download this issue's Teacher's Edition here. Please note that the answer key has been removed.
Reproducibles from the Teacher's Edition
- Winning-Science-Project Guide
- Science Fair 101 (Check for Understanding)
- Recipe for a Successful Experiment (Critical-Thinking Skills)
This issue's Web Extras:
- There are more than 450,000 brownfields across the U.S. To find redevelopment efforts in your area, visit: www.epa.gov/brownfields
- Read Russel's weekly journal entries, at: www.amnh.org/nationalcenter/youngnaturalistawards/2008/Russell.html
- Find out more about what the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is doing to clean the seas, at: www.marinedebris.noaa.gov
Article-specific web links from this issue's Teacher's Edition:
- Science-Fair Awards Programs
- The Young Naturalist Awards: The American Museum of Natural History runs a research-based essay contest, open to students in grades 7 to 12. The program promotes participation and communication in science.
- Discovery Education/3M Young Scientist Challenge: This program is searching for young science communicators! Prizes are awarded to students who demonstrate leadership, teamwork, and scientific problem solving. Open to students in grades 5 through 8.
- Christopher Columbus Awards: This program challenges trios and quartets of middle school students to solve real-world problems with the scientific method, and make positive changes in their communities. www.christophercolumbusawards.com
- Intel International Science and Engineering Fair: This is the world's largest international pre-college science competition. Students in grades 9 through 12 who have won their local Intel-affiliated science fairs head to this science extravaganza in the spring to compete for over $4 million in scholarships and prizes. www.societyforscience.org/ISEF
- Internet Resources
- The book Science Fair Success Guide, by Science World's editor, Patricia Janes, gives teachers everything they need to host a science fair-from timetables and checklists to scoring rubrics and awarding certificates. To purchase, visit:
or call 1-800-SCHOLASTIC.
- How do scientists assemble their research reports? Students will get tips from Susan Perkins, a microbiologist at the American Museum of Natural History, at Scholastic's Writing With Scientists Web site. Perkins shows students how to transform a collection of notes, research, and experiments into a well-organized science report. Don't forget to check out the "For Teachers" section for resources. Visit:
- Science Buddies is a non-profit organization that aims to help improve science literacy through hands-on scientific investigations. Its Web site offers free science-fair-project ideas and more. Go to: