Do you remember being able to do hands-on in school with numerous units of study in science? Well, unfortunately not all teachers like to get 'dirty' or 'messy' in the classroom. I feel this is a disservice to our students. What better way for students to walk away with learning a concept, than being a part of the lesson!
In my classroom I try to find numerous activities and books to help broaden my students knowledge of different concepts.
My students have a tendency to struggle with nonfiction texts and I want this to change this year. What student doesn't love to draw and become a better scientist? Nonfictional science texts can help my students explore the world around them.
My students always ask, "When are we doing hands-on again in the science?" This is going to be my 12 year teaching, but my first year teaching 4th graders. I want my students to be excited to come to school each day to learn new things. What better place to do this with the world around them that they are familiar with and see each day.
The items listed of science books will help my students see illustrations that are true to the real organisms. My students will be digging up and collecting organisms from our playground and creating nature journals. My students will be able to see detailed drawings of living organisms that we will find outside our classroom and how to better draw and label them in their nature journals. These students will see how important ALL areas of our environment are to us.
With our unit of study of organisms, my students will begin to look at the world around them with a new set of eyes.
Not only will they be able to appreciate their environment, but they will be able to explain it to their friends, families, and future teachers.
Please help my students 'see' their world with NEW eyes!
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