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ERIC Number: EJ1036874
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Mar
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8148
Exploring Nature through a New Lens
Deaton, Cynthia; Hardin, Catherine
Science and Children, v51 n7 p38-44 Mar 2014
One way to encourage students to interact with science content and materials is to make science relevant and meaningful. By focusing on the school yard as the context for science lessons and activities, teachers can incorporate students' interest in learning outdoors and help students make connections between science content discussed in school and their everyday lives. In the lesson described here, second grade students are provided with opportunities to examine the habitats surrounding their school and discuss how these environments meet the needs of various animals and influence the types of organisms that inhabit the area. While this lesson is specifically for second grade, it could easily be adjusted for other grade levels. In addition to using the school yard to engage students, this lesson required students to use digital cameras for recording and sharing evidence about the animals that may live in their school yard. Students used digital cameras to document evidence of animal life and use that evidence to explain the relationship between habitat characteristics and the animals that live there.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 2; Primary Education; Elementary Education; Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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