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Learning Through "Discovery"

Information is so meaningful when children learn through "discovery." My class just read a story about being a "Nature Detective." The discussion, following the story, led to some interesting ideas and comments about how they could become a "Nature Detective" in their own life! I wanted to share their excellent ideas and suggestions because they are easy, affordable, accessible, and a fun family thing to do on a nice day.

My students first considered places where they could be a "Nature Detective." Their suggestions included:

  • Backyards
  • Parks
  • The beach
  • Lakes and ponds
  • Woods and hiking trails

Next they listed some things to "detect." Those included:

  • Bugs
  • Butterflies
  • Leaves
  • Shells
  • Seaweed
  • Pinecones
  • Crabs and small fish
  • Stones and small rocks

Then the children thought about ways to find and observe their nature treasures. Their ideas included:

  • Making a list of ten things that they might look for in a certain environment
  • Bringing a magnifying glass to observe bugs, butterflies, and other living things, so they can leave them in their habitat
  • Bringing a plastic zipper bag to collect shells, leaves, pinecones, stones and small rocks, etc.
  • Gluing the findings to a piece of construction paper, and then writing sentences about their findings. Drawing pictures of the "living things" that were left behind with crayons or makers. Then, putting pages together to make their own "Nature Detective" book.

    What a great way for your child to use their imagination instead of the remote control!

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