Six Ways to Teach 科学 With Wildlife

  • Have you heard of Jane Goodall? Perhaps you saw “Gorillas in the Mist with 西格妮韦弗 as 博物学家 Dian Fossey?” Research scientists have spent decades 观察 animal behavior If you are a science teacher your chance to teach elementary science via 动物的观察 is probably right down the road. Think the zoo or the fish hatchery.

    Animals have developed an amazing variety of body plans, 行为, and strategies in order to succeed in the struggle for survival. Teaching science through the study of animals is an amazing way to get kids to critically think about their world and environment.

    From a very early age animals have survival skills while humans take much longer. But once kids begin to develop that larger cerebral cortex they have the advantage of 观察 and learning from animals. It is not only fascinating for them, but kids begin to really understand their own world and the larger one that surrounds them.

    Developing some fascinating science fair project ideas from the animal kingdom creates science-based projects that engage students to learn more. Field trips to zoos, museums and aquariums make life memories. 科学 becomes interactive and enthralling.

    Observing animals requires interaction

    科学-based activities emphasize student-animal interaction with concrete materials, encouraging hands-on exploration of concepts, constructing meaning and understanding.

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    Teaching students to be scientists

    的 students will be behaving as scientists: Exploring, 比较, 观察, 识别, 记录数据, 等.  的 emphasis at the elementary level is on 观察.  (科学 protocols require the humane treatment of animals. Care needs to be taken for animals brought into the classroom for observation.)  Students will be engaged in field and classroom observations, 模型建立, and art projects that reinforce the concepts.

    Kids learn from 动物的观察

    Remember how exciting it was to take the class guinea pig home for the week? 也许不是,但它是. And then you got to bring it back to fourth grade and tell the class it was cool. That’s what we are talking about. But that guinea pig can also be a snake or a fish or a frog. On trips kids learn about lions and seals. 他们想要更多. 的y want to study and read. You have a class full of John Steinbeck’s.

    科学 with animals is interactive

    Interactive activities are consistent with common core standards and can be easily adapted to the needs of all students.  Many of the activities have starred suggestions at the end for further study, particularly for older students. 的 课程 we are referring to is structured so that the teacher can choose the assignments they want to accomplish depending on the number of units (1, 2, or 3) they are taking, or select the assignments most appropriate for the students they are teaching.

    Exploring animals with experience-based activities

    的 emphasis at the elementary level is on 观察 animals. Use science protocols to think about the humane treatment of animals. Care needs to be taken for animals brought into the classroom for observation.

    Students will be engaged in field and classroom observations, 模型建立, and art projects that reinforce the concepts.

    的se interactive activities are consistent with common core standards and can be easily adapted to the needs of all students.

    Teachers should choose the assignments they want to accomplish depending on the assignments most appropriate for the students they are teaching.

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    去当地的动物园.

    If you have an aquarium like Monterey Bay Aquarium or the California Academy of 科学s — great penguins — or any zoo, 进行实地考察.  Take the class or shoot video and photos for classroom presentation. Take notes and create a lesson plan.

    In terms of student explorations there are eight major activities and seventeen extensions for teaching concepts related to zoology. Teaching science though animals is all at your fingertips.