Nature Detectives: First Graders Study Yearlong Changes in Nature and Create a School Yard Field Guide

by: Natalie Harr and Richard E. Lee Jr.

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Richard Louv’s Last Child in the Woods (2008) added to a growing consensus to get children outside and experiencing nature. Using ideas from place-based education, the authors present a simple year-long project that brings science, nature, and other curriculum standards to life right in your school yard. With a focus on journaling, this project is a novel way to promote nonfiction writing in your classroom. These first-graders called themselves “nature detectives” because they used observation skills and simple tools to investigate a small natural area in their school yard.


Type Book ChapterPub Date 10/31/2011Stock # PB311X_27

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