Tag Archives: citizen science

Monarch “firsts”

It’s amazing how much animal life a small patch of ground can sustain. Over the last three weeks in the row house yard there have been Black swallowtail butterfly larvae (caterpillars) on a fennel plant; isopods (roly-polies/pillbugs), slugs, and centipedes … Continue reading

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Ed News: In America’s Science Classroom, The Creep Of Climate Skepticism

This week in education news, fewer foreign students are choosing to study at U.S. universities; Alaska school district grows fresh food for school lunch program and supports local employment; Missouri Governor signs STEM education and computer science bill; to become … Continue reading

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Ed News: Virtual Reality Could Help Students Remember Better, New Research Says

This week in education news, new research unveiled that people remember information better if it is presented to them in a virtual environment; to influence the future in the most positive way, we need some of our best minds to … Continue reading

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April brings "real science," Citizen Science Day, and Earth Day

Citizen Science Day is April 14, and these projects are a wonderful way for young children to continue their science learning by being part of a larger science effort doing “real science.”  (For the record, I think the observations and thinking … Continue reading

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Counting birds and winter jackets

The next Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is February 16-19, 2018! If your students have been observing birds at a bird feeder, or on a walk, they may be interested in participating in a citizen science project to count birds … Continue reading

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Big learning from short observations of birds: February 17-20, 2017

Walk outside with your children, watch and count birds for 15 minutes while recording the names of those you know, and report your bird count to be part of a world-wide citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds, creating an annual … Continue reading

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Citizen science + Photos of signs in public spaces = literacy and spatial awareness

If you and the children need to be active to stay warm outdoors in cold temperatures, consider walking fast on a walking field trip to locate and document signs around your community. In the September 2011 issue of Science and Children I … Continue reading

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Science "home"work for interested students

I have several students this year who are really into science. I’d like to provide or suggest some elementary-level projects or activities that parents can do with them at home to encourage this interest. Do you have any ideas beyond … Continue reading

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This Earth Day, Engage Kids in Citizen Science!

From students, to families, to interested novices … citizen scientists are people from all walks of life who participate in projects that help document biological and environmental trends over regions and timelines far broader than anyone could tackle by themselves. … Continue reading

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What science teachers are reading in January 2014

From data literacy to citizen science to using trade books in science lessons, take a look at what science teachers are reading so far in 2014 at NSTA’s website. Most Popular NSTA Press Books 1. Inquiring Scientists, Inquiring Readers: Using … Continue reading

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