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Monday, August 13, 2012

Wrap up resources

Driven-to-Discover-youth-pic.jpgHi everyone! In finishing up my monarch club a few weeks ago, I developed a few reflection resources you might find useful.

Doing science is like...

I cut these pages up so one illustration is on each playing card. The kids each get one card, and are instructed to explain how doing science is like the picture that's on their card. For example, one said "Doing science is like a puzzle piece because when you learn new things everything else makes sense when you see them all together."

Scavenger hunts

I had intended to use this outdoor exploration game at my first club meeting but we ran out of time. Using it as a fun reward after our paperwork at the last meeting turned out to be a really great synthesis of all we learned and a chance for the young scientists to apply their new knowledge. There is a monarch version and a bird version.

Also, don't forget to have the kids complete the "Sum It Up" pages at the very end of their Investigator's Field Journals! (I instructed the kids who finished the post-assessment early to work on the Sum It Up pages while waiting for others to complete their assessments.)

Andrea Lorek Strauss

Extension educator, Environmental science education
University of Minnesota Extension, Rochester, Minnesota

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