Words to the Wildby: Karen Ansberry and Emily Morgan

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A notebook is perhaps the single most important piece of equipment a naturalist takes into the field. But notebooks are not only for use by field scientists: They are also excellent tools for helping students record observations outdoors, develop communication skills, and mirror the work of real scientists. They may contain observations and drawings of plants, animals, and their habitats; tallies, tables, and graphs; ideas and inferences; scientific questions and thoughtful “wonderings”; narratives and reflections; and even poetry. The activities in this chapter offer some engaging ways for students to use notebooks to record both what they observe and what they think about nature.

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  • on Sat Apr 02, 2016 3:06 PM

This book chapter talks about students exploring their natural resources around them. What I like about this is that there is a notebook for the students to use to record the things they are sensing. I like this because without it students would just go outside and play around. I also like that it has the students use all of their senses, a lot of the time we rely a lot on our sight so it is good to incorporate other senses. One thing I found interesting is that afterwards they write a poem. It is a simple poem, but I like how they have to take their science to a different level of thinking.

Kaylee Buck
Kaylee Buck

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