FIRST HAND LEARNING “E-NEWSNOTE”
MARCH 2009

Vol. 4, No. 6

No time for a full-sized newsletter this month, as we’re off to the NSTA National Conference! We hope to see you in New Orleans, March 18 – 21, 2009.

Stop by FHL’s room in the convention center and collect a free gift! See details below.

If you will be attending the conference, consider showing up a day early in the Big Easy and pre-register for our PDI – The Outdoor Classroom: A Path to Science and Inquiry. Wednesday’s day-long seminar will be held at the Audubon Zoo and offer firsthand experiences that integrate key literacy skills with inquiry-based science. Learn more here: http://www.nsta.org/pd/pdi/2009pdi05.aspx.

There are plenty of opportunities to investigate outdoor learning, inquiry, and scientific literacy once the conference officially commences on Thursday, March 19th. Attend one or more of First Hand Learning’s PDI Pathway Sessions. These will all be held in Room 338 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

Below is a day-by-day schedule of FHL’s pathway events. (You can also read the options online at http://www.nsta.org/pd/pdi/2009pathways.aspx#5.)

Thursday, March 19

8:00am–10:00am Archaeology Indoors and Out
Presenters: Peter Dow, Bill Rogers – First Hand Learning, Inc.
Intended Audience: Middle Level

Evidence changes when one moves from simulated archaeology indoors to shovel and screen procedures outdoors. A community center in Buffalo tried both approaches.

11:00am–1:00pm Outdoors During and After School
Presenters: Allan Hayes - The Nichols School, Bill Rogers - First Hand Learning, Inc.
Intended Audience: Elementary; Middle Level


A fifth grade class starts mapping campus trees and finds there's no limit to outdoor inquiries. Science Firsthand - Partners in Discovery is a project that gives urban youth an adult mentor and time after school for exploring scientifically.

2:00pm–3:00pm Strategies for Using Writing to Engage High School Students in Science
Presenters: Diane Miller, Cynthia Graville – St. Louis Science Center
Intended Audience: Elementary; Middle Level; Informal Education


Examine multiple writing strategies that build interest and understanding in science content among high school students. Participants will review student blogs, Instructables, tags, journals, webpage designs, posters, and newspaper articles.

4:00pm–5:30pm Mapping the Schoolyard
Presenters: Patricia McGlashan, Kristen Gasser - First Hand Learning, Inc.
Intended Audience: Elementary; Middle Level; High School; Informal Education


Learn how to evaluate the educational potential of a site by mapping its resources, both natural and human made and by making cross-curricular links to math, measurement, scaling, and drawing explicit.

Friday, March 20

8:00am–9:00am Afterschool Science for Kids
Presenter: Dianne Johnson – Buffalo Public Schools
Intended Audience: Elementary; Middle Level; Informal Education; General

A citywide collaboration to support teens in leading younger students in after-school science experiences connected to their school science curriculum. A collaboration between an urban Boys & Girls Club, school district, and nonprofit organization.

9:30am–11:30am Nature Journals and Field Guides: Tools for Linking Science and Literacy
Presenter: Mark Baldwin – Roger Tory Peterson Institute
Intended Audience: Elementary; Middle Level; Informal Education


Learn how to link nature journals as tools to propel inquiry with making field guides as tools to promote literacy.

12:30pm–1:30pm Consider the Evidence—Using Student Journals to Drive Instruction
Presenter: Therese Arsenault – Lansing Public Schools
Intended Audience: Elementary; Middle Level


Daily journal assessment in middle school science classes provides direction for science instruction. We’ll analyze student journal entries, noticing what students know about science process skills and content. We’ll discuss strategies for using journals to drive instruction.

We hope to see you in New Orleans. Please stop by Room 338, to attend a session or just say hello, and pick up a complimentary First Hand Learning® Field Journal or Young Observer's Notebook to take home. (Check them out at http://www.firsthandlearning.org/catalog/catalog_frameset8.htm.)
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