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Resources for Teaching Middle School Science
and activities on agriculture. It provides a list of resources typically available in the local community; a resource booklist; recommended agricultural readings for history and social sciences; and a listing by subject of various videos, booklets, guides, posters, brochures, and other agriculture-related materials available free or at minimal charge.
8.22National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). NSTA Science Education Suppliers 1998.
Arlington, Va.: NSTA, 1998. 165 pp.
NSTA Science Education Suppliers is published annually and distributed in conjunction with the January or February issue of the following NSTA periodicals: Science & Children, The Science Teacher, Science Scope, and the Journal of College Science Teaching. The directory can also be purchased separately. This yearly publication includes lists of suppliers and school science laboratory equipment; lists of firms producing computer hardware and software; manufacturers and distributors of audiovisual materials and other media; and textbook, resource materials, and trade book publishers. Addresses and telephone and fax numbers are provided, as well as e-mail and World Wide Web addresses, where available.
8.23Only the Best: The Annual Guide to the Highest-Rated Educational Software and Multimedia 1997-1998.
Alexandria, Va.: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 1997. 143 pp.
Price: $29.00 (ISSN 1053-4326); on CD-ROM: $150.00
Only the Best is an annual review guide of highly rated educational software and multimedia programs, compiled from the findings of top software and multimedia evaluators. Although software programs on a wide variety of topics are reviewed, science and social studies programs predominate. Each entry includes a program description, cost, grade level, hardware requirements, references for further information, and user tips. The guide, which is organized by subject area, also includes titles and tips for diverse learners, and a directory of software publishers. Only the Best is also available on CD-ROM and at the World Wide Web site of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (see 11.27).
8.24"Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children for 1997."Science& Children, Vol. 34, No. 6
(March 1997). 6 pp. (Available from Children's Book Council; seeapp. A.)
Price: $2.00 for a single copy of the 6-page reprint when accompanied by a stamped, self-addressed envelope
"Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children for 1997" (published in the National Science Teachers Association [NSTA] journal Science & Children) is an annotated bibliography of approximately 50 children's science trade books published in 1996. The books, intended primarily for students in grades K-8, were evaluated by a book review panel appointed by the NSTA and assembled in cooperation with the Children's Book Council. Selection for inclusion was based on a book's accuracy of information, readability, and format and illustrations. The books are grouped by subject, and within each section are arranged alphabetically by title. The following subject areas are represented in this edition: anthropology and paleontology, biography, earth science, environment and ecology, integrated science, life science, and physical science. The content standards from the National Science Education Standards (see7.27) to which each book relates are indicated at the end of each annotation.
8.25Polystyrene Packaging and the Environment: Classroom Activities Sourcebook.
Washington, D.C.: The Polystyrene Packaging Council, no date. 7 pp.
This sourcebook is a compendium of information and educational resources designed to help teachers educate students about polystyrene packaging and the environment. It is a useful reference tool for teachers in grades K-12 who lack the time or resources to review the large numbers of materials available on this subject. The sourcebook contains a listing of curriculum materials available from several industry and independent sources. Materials are categorized by grade level; information is provided on their content; cost and ordering information are provided. The sourcebook also contains classroom activities designed to provide students with hands-on experiences with polystyrene packaging and other materials.
8.26Michelle Wolfson. Resources for Teaching Astronomy and Space Science. John Hewitt, ed. Planetarium Activities for Student Success. Vol. 3.
Berkeley, Calif.: Lawrence Hall of Science; Flushing Meadows, Corona Park, N.Y.: New York Hall of Science, 1993. 76 pp.
Resources for Teaching Astronomy and Space Science is a volume in a series designed for the experienced