Observation Unrecorded is Knowledge Lost: How Nature Journals Create Better Observers
Making excellent observations is one of the key aspects of being a scientist. Because of the adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards (2013) by many states, teachers are trying to find ways to engage their students in science. Nature journals may be one way to help students become better observers of what they see in everyday life. They may also help students make stronger connections from what they are doing in the classroom to what they observe in their own communities. In this study, a class of 3rd grade students spent one month constructing and keeping “nature journals,” a detailed ...
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