A New NSTA Book for Elementary School Teachers Shows How to Encourage Young Science Students to Become Informed Citizens

ARLINGTON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#NSTA–Educators can introduce the content and thinking skills elementary students need to explore challenging real-world questions with It’s Still Debatable! Using Socioscientific Issues to Develop Scientific Literacy, K–5. The new NSTA Press book encourages students to consider issues such as these: Is football too dangerous for kids? Do we need zoos? Should distracted walking be illegal?

At the core of the exploration is the Socioscientific Issues Framework. The framework gives students practice in the research, analysis, and argumentation they need to grapple with difficult questions that have roots in life, physical, Earth, and environmental science. After introducing the framework and explaining how it supports the Next Generation Science Standards, the book provides 14 developmentally appropriate lessons, assessments, and handouts.

Like NSTA’s It’s Debatable, this book provides clear and accessible background information and practical guidance on how to implement the lessons. It also offers instruction on how teachers can develop their own socioscientific issues curriculum. Because It’s Still Debatable is specifically for grades K–5, the author made it a teach-ready resource that easily integrates science into already-packed elementary school days.

Browse sample pages of this title for free at the NSTA Science Store website.

For additional information or to purchase a copy of It’s Still Debatable! Using Socioscientific Issues to Develop Scientific Literacy, K–5 and other books from NSTA Press, visit the NSTA Science Store. To order by phone, call 800-277-5300 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET weekdays. The 525-page book is priced at $42.95 and discount-priced for NSTA members at $34.36. (Item # PB347X2; ISBN # 978-1-68140-629-9)

About the National Science Teaching Association

The Arlington, VA-based National Science Teaching Association is the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence in science teaching and learning, preschool through college. NSTA’s membership includes approximately 50,000 science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business representatives, and others involved in science education.

NSTA Press® produces 25 to 30 new books and e-books each year. Focused on the preK–college market and specifically aimed at teachers of science, NSTA Press titles offer a unique blend of accurate scientific content and sound teaching strategies. Follow NSTA Press on Facebook for the latest information and new book releases.


Kate Falk, NSTA

(703) 312-9211

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