The Early Years: Birds in Winterby: Peggy Ashbrook

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Science and art go hand-in-hand, as scientists make art to share their observations. Two scientists who are widely known first as artists are Leonardo de Vinci, anatomist and inventor, and Beatrix Potter, mycologist. Both of these scientists used observations of the natural world as the springboard for their discoveries.

Young children like to paint and draw and are learning that they can make representations and share their stories with artwork. Use your students’ interest in drawing to teach about recording and sharing scientific observations. Making observations about living things is part of the National Science Education Content Standards A and C for grades K–4.

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  • on Thu Nov 29, 2012 2:49 PM

This article details a fantastic K-2 bird lesson. In this activity, students observe and identify winter birds. By taking the classroom outside, students are able to experience the birds in their environment. This is an excellent lesson and I look forward to observing birds with my students soon!

Maureen Stover  (Fayetteville, NC)
Maureen Stover (Fayetteville, NC)

  • on Wed Aug 24, 2011 12:21 PM

A walk around the school yard helps young children observe nature around them. Asking them to observe the birds and then recording what they saw in a drawing and adding one or two words help them make the experience more meaningful. This article provides some questions you can ask children about birds before and during a walk to help them focus. Drawing what they see is an important and fun skill for young children.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Fri Jun 24, 2011 12:42 PM

The engaging activities in this article could be conducted year round! Observation and analysis are two critical skills that can be developed in PreK-3 grade years and this free journal article will support your teaching! Add a classroom or student science journal, pictures, labels and vocab enrichment and you'll have an engaged classroom of students! Love the extensions, especially Corinth lab.

Alyce Dalzell  (Peyton, CO)
Alyce Dalzell (Peyton, CO)

  • on Fri Oct 28, 2011 4:34 PM

Great tips on how to observe birds to build observation skills. The easily-accomplished activities will hone math and writing skills. A simple art project which will make your students better observers and several useful references are also included.

Patricia McGinnis  (Pottstown, PA)
Patricia McGinnis (Pottstown, PA)

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