The periodicals annotated in chapter 9 were chosen for their excellence as instructional tools, for the quality of their articles and stories on scientific topics, for their appeal to young adolescents, and for their adaptability to classroom use. They offer current information in the sciences, ideas and activities for science teaching, and engaging reading matter for students. The variety of periodicals annotated in chapter 9 includes, for example—
magazines for middle school science teachers that include features on "big ideas" in mathematics and science education; a periodical containing articles by teachers about hands-on learning, problem solving, and a multidisciplinary approach to teaching science and mathematics;
an international journal of research in science education; a journal designed to further understanding of intermediate education and the implementation of effective practices at the middle school level; a periodical on innovations in science teaching, current developments in science, and classroom projects and experiments; a journal that addresses the needs of both new and veteran middle school teachers;
publications by science educators and scientists that cover news, research, and issues related to specific disciplines or fields, such as aerospace, astronomy, biology, chemistry, physics, and earth sciences;
publications on electronic learning that focus on educational technology, including in-depth reviews of software and hardware, information on new products available to educators, coverage of all aspects of precollege educational technology such as telecommunications/distance learning, computer literacy, and hypermedia/multimedia;
student periodicals that cover a wide range of topics—from science news, science careers, and competitions and experiments to natural history, marine biology, the environment, wildlife, space travel, technology, and achievements of young people and adults.