Help Students Become Confident in Earth Science and Reading with New NSTA Press Book

Once Upon an Earth Science Book cover (Photo: Business Wire)

ARLINGTON, Va.--()--Teachers whose students struggle to grasp their Earth science texts can build skills in both science and literacy with Once Upon an Earth Science Book: 12 Interdisciplinary Activities to Create Confident Readers. This practical, easy-to-use resource for middle school classes is new from NSTA Press.

Once Upon an Earth Science Book opens with advice on teaching reading comprehension strategies. The 12 inquiry-based lessons that follow provide

  • hands-on science activities with engaging titles such as “Mountain Mayhem,” “Oceans on the Move,” and “Trash Soup”;
  • readings that cover important Earth science concepts and support the Next Generation Science Standards;
  • writing activities that prompt students to connect what they did with what they read; and
  • assessment exercises to give teachers feedback on what students are learning.

Author Jodi Wheeler-Toppen is a veteran teacher who couldn’t find a resource that integrated reading, writing, and science until she wrote it herself. She’s also the author of NSTA Press’s Once Upon a Life Science Book. “As you and your students work through these lessons together,” she tells science teachers, “you will be able to watch their confidence as readers—and your confidence as a reading educator—grow.”

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

For additional information or to purchase Once Upon an Earth Science Book: 12 Interdisciplinary Activities to Create Confident Readers, visit the NSTA Science Store. To order by phone, call 800-277-5300 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET weekdays. The 185-page book is priced at $25.95 and discount-priced for NSTA members at $20.76. (Stock # PB275X2; ISBN # 978-1-941316-09-2)

About NSTA

The Arlington, VA–based National Science Teachers Association is the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA’s current membership includes approximately 55,000 science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry 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.


National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
Kate Falk, 703-312-9211

Release Summary

NSTA announces new book for middle school teachers, whose students have a hard time understanding Earth science texts. The book provides activities to improve students skills in science and reading.



National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
Kate Falk, 703-312-9211