HAND LEARNING E-NEWSLETTER
Vol. 6, No. 4
FOCUS ON JOURNALS
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for Using Journals Effectively
Summer is a great time to review your practice and plan new strategies
for the coming school year. FHL wants to encourage you to incorporate
learning from direct experience into your teaching, providing opportunities
for your students to engage with real phenomenon through inquiry.
notebooks offer students a dedicated space to record observations, questions,
and ideas. A recent newsletter highlighted some tips for getting the most
out of keeping science notebooks and field journals in the classroom.
Here are a few more
• Build your students’ capacity for science inquiry carefully,
beginning with engaging, focused activities that help them practice certain
skills and gain confidence.
• Hone students’ ability to make close observations, to take
measurements, to make predictions, to ask questions, to compare and contrast,
to experiment. Make this practice meaningful and cumulative, so students
see recording in their journals as a central component of their science
• Incorporate opportunities during the investigative process for
students to return to prior entries in order to retrieve key information
as well as to reflect on what they have done and learned.
How are you planning on using notebooks or journals in your classroom?
Share your ideas or tips with FHL’s community of learners. Email
us at email@example.com.
If we publish your submission in an upcoming enewsletter or online at
the FHL website, we will send you a free class set of field journals!
What’s Next for Journals?
Here at First Hand Learning, we are considering expanding our journal
and notebook offerings to include targeted subject journals.
Would you be interested in specific content journals, such as ones to
use at the zoo or on a trip, or ones to help children write about themselves,
their families, or technology? If so, click
here to easily register your interest.
What new journals would you like to see? Please email us with your ideas
and questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for the feedback!
The First Hand Learning Catalog offers nature journals, hands-on science
kits, posters, and more. Go to http://www.firsthandlearning.org/catalog/catalog_frameset.html
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