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ERIC Number: EJ1034832
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Dec
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8148
Exploring the Wild World of Wiggly Worms
Dominguez, Lynn; McDonald, James; Kalajian, Katie; Stafford, Kristine
Science and Children, v51 n4 p44-49 Dec 2013
Young children are naturally curious and constantly exploring the world around them. Combining this curiosity with the outdoors and nature for science skill development has many advantages for young learners. As children develop an enhanced understanding of the natural world, they are also developing explanations of how things work. Allowing children to explore is consistent with the "Next Generation Science Standards" (NGSS). Learning about the worms living in their local area allows children to experience a world that is hidden from view. Worms can usually be found in the school yard or at local parks within walking distance. These relatively accessible and safe outdoor places give children numerous chances to practice appropriate outdoor behaviors. Easy outdoor trips allow children to become familiar with science tasks such as mapping, sampling, observing, and identifying, while still allowing time for exploration and discovery. This article presents an activity for students to get their hands dirty while investigating earthworm habitats and behaviors.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A