Teaching Through Trade Books: Words to the Wild

by: Karen Ansberry and Emily Morgan

A notebook is perhaps the single most important piece of equipment a naturalist takes into the field. But notebooks are not only for use by field scientists: They are also excellent tools for helping students record observations outdoors, develop communication skills, and mirror the work of real scientists. They may contain observations and drawings of plants, animals, and their habitats; tallies, tables, and graphs; ideas and inferences; scientific questions and thoughtful “wonderings”; narratives and reflections; and even poetry. The activities in this month’s column offer some engaging ways for students to use notebooks to record both what they observe and what they think about nature.


Type Journal ArticlePub Date 11/1/2007Stock # sc07_045_03_14Volume 045Issue 03

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