Exploring Nature Through a New Lensby: Cynthia Deaton and Catherine Hardin

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Students use digital cameras to record evidence of the animal habitats that surround their school.

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  • on Thu Oct 22, 2015 6:05 AM

The activity explained in the article is a great way for students to get involved and excited about learning science. Students work and learn better when the activities are engaging and educational at the same time. The students learned about different types of animal habitats and what certain animals need to survive. Then the students went outside and were able to look for animals and their habitats while taking pictures with the digital cameras. I thought that was a great idea for the students already know the outside area and now with some more knowledge can realize hey that pile of sticks isn't just sticks but an animal's home. Having the digital camera and being able to take notes allows the students to become more interactive with the assignment. For now the student would want to talk about what they have recorded and seen. The pairing of the activities inside the classroom takes the learning to another great level for further understanding of what has been seen and taught. I would recommend this article to everybody.

Asya Ammons  (Upper Malboro, MD)
Asya Ammons (Upper Malboro, MD)

  • on Tue Mar 18, 2014 10:57 AM

This excellent article gives detailed instruction on how do an exploration of the animals that live on the school grounds. This place is familiar to the the students so they are comfortable in their surroundings. The students first learned how to use a digital camera in the classroom and then went outside to take pictures that showed evidence of animals who lived on the school grounds. They also took detailed notes and held discussions in the classroom. The article goes on to discuss how the class did extension activities.

Betty Paulsell  (Kansas City, MO)
Betty Paulsell (Kansas City, MO)

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