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ERIC Number: EJ1150548
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1068-6177
Connecting Kids and Nature: Lessons to Ignite Learning and Appreciation of the World around Us
Campbell, Ashley; Williams, Judy
Dimensions of Early Childhood, v43 n3 p18-23 2015
This article describes a semester-long project developed by the authors to create a positive connection between children and nature. The project integrated reading instruction with science activities to emphasize the natural world in the lives of children. This intervention involved the authors visiting an elementary classroom five times over the course of a semester to teach nature and reading activities. Each lesson consisted of a literary component wherein students read and discussed a single issue of "Keeping Texas Wild," a Texas Parks and Wildlife magazine for children. The purpose of these lessons was to emphasize activities that would necessitate student observation of animals indigenous to the area where the students currently reside. Focusing on such animals increased the probability that students might encounter the wildlife during random outdoor experiences, thus increasing their interest in nature.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas
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