A teachable moment presented itself when a fallen bird was discovered in the snowy woods of Alaska by a couple of kindergarten students. As a result of this experience, the children had grown in their abilities to take part in a group, to actively listen, to work toward consensus, and to respect another’s ideas. The children may have also learned something about the life cycle, the food chain, the significant contributions an animal can make to its habitat, and the concept that little in wasted in nature. Most important, perhaps, was that the children learned that they could hypothesize and then look for answers and that real science is wondering, searching, and wondering some more.
Type Journal ArticlePub Date 2/1/2001Stock # sc01_038_05_19Volume 038Issue 05