Academic journal article Science and Children

Science Is Us!

Academic journal article Science and Children

Science Is Us!

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Take 5!

1. Draw a question mark on the board and talk about how everybody likes to ask questions, particularly scientists and poets who like to wonder about things. Then read this poem aloud, pausing briefly at the end of each line.

2. Each line begins with the same word, Let's, followed by an action word (e.g., choose, ask, plan). Invite students to chime in on those opening two words in each line as you read the whole poem aloud again. Pump your fist in the air as a cue for students to join in.

3. For discussion: Which is more important: questions or answers? Talk about how BOTH are important.

4. Invite students to identify what is involved in problem solving based on the steps presented in this poem: choosing a subject, asking questions, guessing, planning, experimenting and investigating, watching, writing, learning, and showing or sharing. Lead students in researching possible Citizen Science projects using National Geographic's web resource and discuss which one might be suitable for their participation as a way to "show what we know to the world. …

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