The Early Years: Inquiry Follow-Upby: Peggy Ashbrook

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This column discusses resources and science topics related to students in grades preK to 2. In this month’s issue, young children go birding to observe and document their natural world. Children will not only practice reflecting on their experience, but they'll develop their scientific thinking.

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  • on Thu Aug 25, 2011 12:46 PM

Children using a field guide to identify and learn what local birds eat. By providing bird food for the birds children can attack them and observe their numbers and behavior around the school yard. This is a scientific inquiry into the numbers and behavior of local birds. Students can look at supporting information from bird books to learn more. Making observations and forming generalizations from those observations is an important observations skill for scientists that students can practice and become good at.

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

  • on Mon Apr 25, 2011 10:02 AM

This article discusses the importance of making the most out of the inquiry you do with your students in the early childhood classroom. While a good first step is to give them the time and materials to explore ideas and concepts, getting students to record their observations and discuss what they saw or did are important pieces as well. This article also includes a lesson on doing bird observations with students.

Kate  (Louisville, CO)
Kate (Louisville, CO)

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