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Holding schools solely responsible for children's success is unfair, given that many out-of-school factors come into play; such as poverty, family issues, and health problems. But there is hope! In the issue we present many examples of enriched and effective collaborations between schools, families, and communities.


Beyond identifying coins, counting money, and making change, what should we teach our students about currency, financial literacy, and economics? A wide spectrum of ideas is covered in this issue, including entrepreneurship, budgeting, and gift economies as part of community literacy.

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Take the opportunity now to include a little biographical information or make the connection with people in the field when you can. It could make a world of difference to the futures of the boys and girls in your classroom.

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Energy: Sustainable Power Sep-Oct 2011

Our world energy supply and demand will change drastically in the next fifty years. This issue features students exploring basic questions of physics such as, “what is energy?” and broader questions of where our energy comes from now and in the future.

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Field-based Math May-Jun 2011

This issue reflects the diverse ways in which specific mathematical ideas and processes can be integrated with many topics. Students become highly motivated to master and understand skills because the skills are immediately applied to a project or study.

Chemistry: Central Science Mar-Apr 2011

Chemistry is often referred to as “the Central Science” because of the way in which it encompasses matter – which is everywhere all the time in our phenomenal world.

Jan/Feb 2011 - If You Build It
If You Build It... Jan-Feb 2011

The built and designed world is all around us: houses, schools, bridges, cars. The physics of structure are often undertaken intuitively by young builders. This topic also lends itself well to integrating math and science in a real-world context.

Magnetism and Electricity Nov-Dec 2010

Teachers and students investigate magnetism and electricity to develop deeper understanding. Creativity, invention, and technology are all part of the process.

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...And All for One Sep-Oct 2010

When so much rides on math and language scores, how can we find the time to get science back into the curriculum? Integration can unite subjects, skills, and the school experience with the outside world.

Hot and Cold May-Jun 2010

We can lead our students to examine temperature in isolated events or as part of broader dynamics. Whether personal or global, we experience hot and cold daily.

Head, Thorax, Abdomen Mar-Apr 2010

Insects are a great resource. They are readily available, usually small, easy to care for, and serve as a fascinating subject that inspires lots of questions.

21st-Century Math and Science Jan-Feb 2010

Is there any difference between 21st-century teaching, and what progressive educators have been advocating for centuries?

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