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Picture-Perfect Science Lessons: Using Children’s Books to Guide Inquiry, Grades K-4

This Web Seminar took place on January 22, 2009 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting were Karen Ansberry and Emily Morgan, NSTA Press Authors of the popular series Picture-Perfect Science Lessons. In this Seminar the presenters focus on using Inquiry in the primary grades.

This is the second, of two, Web Seminars scheduled as a follow-up to the Picture-Perfect Science Lessons: Using Children’s Books to Guide Inquiry, Grades K-4 Symposium that took place at the NSTA Area Conference on Science Education in Cincinnati, OH. In this program the presenters talked about the BSCS 5E Cycle of Learning and how to use children’s picture books to address the elements of the cycle.


Forty-four (44) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenters and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Alabama, Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia. One participant attended the Web Seminar from Canada and another from Guatemala. Seminar participants received a one year subscription to one of NSTA’s SciGuide for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.


Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • “I love the way she set up some of the forms for the children to record their observations, not too complex and great for getting the ideas recorded. I loved every minute!”


  • “I have the book already; hearing about it is more ENGAGING than just reading it.”


  • “It helps me gain a greater understanding of teaching through an inquiry method.”


  • “I really liked the ideas and they sound perfectly applicable to my own class. I enjoyed participating in the chats and reading what others had to say.”

Thanks to the participants and the presenters for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!


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