FIRST HAND LEARNING E-NEWSLETTER

Vol. 2, No. 4

IN THIS ISSUE:

1. CRACKS IN THE FAÇADE: DOWNLOAD a mini-journal and INVESTIGATE!

2. CRACKING UP: One Teacher’s Story

3. AN NSTA RECAP

1. MIND THE GAP: INVESTIGATING NATURAL CRACKS &
CREVICES

Recent discussions with several NSTA participants inspired us to begin looking more closely at cracks and crevices – in sidewalks, tree bark, parched earth. Nature’s cracks are everywhere and are fascinating phenomena to explore.

What forces cause cracks to form? What takes advantage of the presence of cracks? What gets trapped in cracks? What happens to cracks over time?

Check out www.firsthandlearning.org/cracks for crack pictures to see a fascinating array of photographs of natural cracks and crevices along with some probing questions to stimulate your thinking. 

Download a free mini-journal to record what you observe: www.firsthandlearning.org/minijournal

Get cracking!

2. A TEACHER’S INQUIRY INTO CRACKS

Last year, a participant in First Hand Learning’s workshops at NSTA was inspired to begin an inquiry into naturally occurring cracks. Tacita Carter-Mobley, a K-3 Lab Program Assistant in the Philadelphia School District, has been hooked ever since. Now she notices cracks everywhere and has begun to take advantage of their availability to get her students investigating.

At this year’s NSTA, Tacita was at it again, peering at cracks she found in Pioneer Park in Anaheim. She suggests: “Try it yourself: pick a crack and do a study. You will be amazed at what you find. So don’t just pass by that crack – take a look.”

Go to www.firsthandlearning.org/tacita_carter_mobley to see Tacita in action and read her account of Pioneer Park. 

Have you been intrigued by looking into cracks and crevices? What has hooked you or your students? Let us know – we’d love to share your investigations with others so we all can get ideas and inspiration. Email us at : inquiries@firsthandlearning.org.

3. TEACHERS IN ACTION AT NSTA

The National Science Teachers Association’s National Conference concluded on Sunday, April 9th in Anaheim, California. First Hand Learning staff were pleased that only one of their three outdoor workshops was interrupted by hail! It was a great opportunity to collaborate with staff from Education Development Center on the connections between inquiry and literacy. It also was a great opportunity to confer with committed science educators from around the country.

We learned a lot from the participants and look forward to hearing more about their work in science inquiry in the future. Send us your updates!

What were NSTA participants engaged in? Click on www.firsthandlearning.org/nsta_recap to see conference photos.

“It was a privilege for me to learn along with your fabulous staff.  I am so impressed with the work that you are doing, and what a great group of people!”

Mary Weisenmiller
Project Facilitator, K-5 Science
Curriculum and Professional Development Center
Las Vegas, Nevada

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