Science Shorts: Creature Connectionsby: Cara Krenzer and Mary Kay Carson

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Most children want to help wildlife and save the planet. The following “Spot It! Scavenger Hunt” allows students to connect with nature by exploring the outdoor environment. Students are encouraged to explore their local environment and learn more about the animals and plants that live there and better understand the relationships that exist in nature instead of just reading and seeing it in a book. The activity also fits in well with units on classification, ecosystems, and biodiversity.

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  • on Fri Apr 13, 2012 10:49 AM

The activity provided in this article is an outdoor scavenger hunter for upper elementary grade students that helps them spot local organisms, identify their key characteristics, and learn how they interact with their habitat. This short 5E lesson is ideal for students who demonstrate nature deficit. The materials are minimal. Students develop their observational skills.

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

  • on Mon Jul 04, 2011 11:58 AM

The activity in this article really emphasizes taking students out into nature and connecting their real world environment to what they are learning in class. So many children today do not have the opportunity to explore and learn from nature by going outside and experiencing nature first hand and with. This activity, which is designed around the 5E model, is completely adaptable to any grade level and any type of environment. There are also suggestions as to how to use math and language arts activities to communicate findings. This is a really nice lesson plan with endless possibilities to expand and build upon.

Nicky Durband
Nicky Durband

  • on Thu Apr 14, 2011 1:52 PM

Predicting, asking questions, engaging in discovery, learning about one’s own backyard organisms, taking learning outdoors, and helping conservation efforts – this article encompasses all! The authors have their young students acting like scientists and saving the planet in a series of activities that include a Scavenger Hunt of their school grounds to look for biodiversity. Students practice several process skills like predicting, observing and inferring. The students connect nature with the animals and plants they see everyday. A scavenger hunt lesson is provided and written in the 5 E inquiry model. The article includes access to the Scavenger Hunt worksheet that can be found at the Pennies for the Planet website.

Carolyn Mohr  (Buffalo Grove, IL)
Carolyn Mohr (Buffalo Grove, IL)

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