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Welcome to the SB&F Editor's Blog. I am Maria Sosa, Editor-in-Chief of SB&F. Through this blog I hope to interact with the SB&F community and post news and information related to science books, videos, authors, opportunities and other topics of interest to our readers. I hope you find the blog useful and entertaining. Please, join the conversation by posting a comment on our Facebook page. I'd love to hear from you!


SB&F’s new online format offers us more flexibility in providing content to our subscribers. While in print, SB&F was published bimonthly. Six issues a year allowed us to keep printing and postage costs down. Now that SB&F is an online journal we are going to be posting a new issue online each month. So, instead of waiting every two months to read new reviews subscribers will be able to access the new online issue each month. (Don’t forget to check the Reviews section weekly for new reviews too!)


Our very first monthly issue, the September issue, is online now and available to our subscribers. Visit the Current Issue section to view and download the issue.



The September issue features highly recommended resources for science and mathematics teachers. The list of books includes collections of activities for classroom exploration; commentary on science education in the U.S.; guidelines for assessment in the science classroom; examples of interdisciplinary curriculum; and resources for the laboratory. The issue also has over 50 new science books reviews. Check out the review of the latest installment in the Scientists in the Field series, Extreme Scientists: Exploring Nature's Mysteries from Perilous Places (Houghton Mifflin, 2009) and the review of Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream (Candlewick Press, 2009). Both are superb books for young readers.


Since the September issue focuses on resources for science teachers, I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce a great online resource for science and math teachers from AAAS. Science Netlinks, a free resource, has hundreds of online lessons and interactive learning tools. At the heart of Science NetLinks are standards-based lesson plans that incorporate reviewed Internet resources, and can be selected according to specific benchmarks and grade ranges. Each lesson is tied to at least one learning goal and uses research-based instructional strategies that support student learning. The lessons are written for the teacher, but include student-ready materials such as student sheets (student reproducibles) or E-Sheets (online worksheets that enable students to engage directly in Internet activities). Science Netlinks is updated regularly with new lessons and it’s completely free!

Posted 4 Sep 2009 1:04 PM by Heather Malcomson