TERC Senior Science Educator Sally Crissman Has Article Published in NSTA Press’ A Year of Inquiry

October 23, 2012



CAMBRIDGE, MA–Sally Crissman’s article entitled “Measure Lines” was selected and published in NSTA Press’ newly-released compendium entitled A Year of Inquiry: A Collection for Elementary Educators. This collection highlights 10 months of inquiry-based articles culled from 2010-2011 issues of the National Science Teacher’s Association’s Science & Children publication. The nearly 40 articles therein are thematically-organized to span the inquiry-supporting components that teachers frequently express interest in as well as topics that lead to a greater understanding of science practices in the elementary classroom.

Crissman’s “Measure Lines” (Ch. 19, pg. 97) was originally included in the January 2011 issue of Science & Children. The article outlines how re-imagined measure lines can guide students’ scientific investigations into the nature of matter and pave the way for understanding the concept of density. Drawing on Crissman's work developing the curriculum and activities for The Inquiry Project, she describes through documented classroom examples how measure lines—transformed into weight lines—can augment data reasoning, analysis and inquiry in the 3-5 classroom, particularly by helping students order, analyze, and compare data in visual and tactile ways.

A Year of Inquiry: A Collection for Elementary Educators is available for purchase or download through the NSTA Press. For more information about The Inquiry Project, please visit: inquiryproject.terc.edu.