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Resources for Teaching Middle School Science
CHAPTER 9 PERIODICALS
Level: Teachers of grades 3-8+AIMS Magazine is a teacher resource of ready-to-use science and mathematics activities for the primary, middle, and upper grades. Each issue has 3 sections—features, departments, and activities. The features section is dedicated to the "big ideas" in mathematics and science education. The departments section includes "Mind Bogglers" (for example, discrepant events), "Puzzle Corner" (to develop problem-solving strategies), "Tinkering, Toys and Teaching" (directions for building devices that can be used as instructional aids), "Maximizing Math" (open-ended, problem-solving situations), and "Side Talk" (dialogue about the processes and thinking involved in problem solving). Each activity includes background information, step-by-step procedures, and blackline student pages. Many of the ideas in this periodical can be adapted to other curriculum programs besides AIMS (Activities Integrating Mathematics and Science), for which the activities were developed.
Issues/price: 10 per year; $30 per year. Available from: AIMS Education Foundation.
9.2Air & Space/Smithsonian
Teacher resourceAir & Space/Smithsonian is the world's largest aerospace magazine and the official publication of the National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution (see 10.270). Written especially for audiences interested in the history and technology of aerospace, the articles in this publication convey the adventure of flight and space travel. Readers learn how the U.S. military destroys its surplus B-52 bombers, take a look at the pioneering science fiction series Tom Corbett, or consider the great gamma ray mystery (an intriguing puzzle from the cosmos). Middle school teachers will find Air & Space/Smithsonian a source of instructive background information, enhanced by illustrations and photographs.
Issues/price: 6 per year; $20 per year. Available from: Air & Space/Smithsonian.
9.3The American Biology Teacher
Teacher resource Providing background reading for middle school teachers, The American Biology Teacher presents nonfiction articles that report on the results of research on teaching alternatives; discuss the social and ethical implications of biology; provide specific how-to suggestions for laboratory, field activities, or interdisciplinary programs; and present imaginative views of the future and suggestions for coping with changes. The articles, by science educators, are accompanied by statistical graphs and tables and are fully referenced. Each issue includes