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ERIC Number: EJ766562
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr
Pages: 4
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 2
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8148
Firsthand Nature
Gostev, Moses; Weiss, Francesca Michaelides
Science and Children, v44 n8 p48-51 Apr 2007
It's no secret that many school programs don't give children enough opportunity to explore the natural world--i.e., to "mess about" and to have firsthand experience with nature and animals. Not so at the Muscota New School in New York City! This innovative public elementary school actively promotes inquiry-based learning and encourages teachers to use creative methods in the classroom to help children study the natural world around them. In this article, we share the experience of a teacher and her students over the course of two years (kindergarten and first grade) as they explored nature through direct observation of animals in the classroom, child-centered inquiry science, and school-sponsored field trips. As the years progressed, so did students' learning. Not only did students develop scientific literacy and communication skills, they also deepened their understanding of their environment. (Contains 2 figures.)
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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: New York