The fourth graders have been going out to the Grant Brook over the past several weeks. They are scooping for macro-invertebrates in several locations with hopes of discovering patterns or differences. Back in the classroom, they drew diagrams of their findings and made any relevant notes in their science notebook.
The Forest Friday program aims to create inquiry science opportunities for students. Scientific inquiry refers to the diverse ways in which scientists study the natural world and propose explanations based on the evidence derived from their work. Inquiry also refers to the activities of students in which they develop knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas, as well as an understanding of how scientists study the natural world. (National Science Education Standards 23).
Through observation, questioning, classifying, and journaling, students are learning from nature right here in our backyards. They also enjoy an element of play-based learning that is invaluable to our children's social development and problem solving skills.