ERIC Number: EJ1232388
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Oct
Never Too Young to Be a Citizen Scientist!
Hatton, Mary; Grimbilas, Sara; Kane, Caroline; Kenyon, Tara
Science and Children, v57 n3 p49-54 Oct 2019
Will spring be early next year? This is a question the authors ponder each fall as they prepare for a yearlong citizen science project with kindergartners. Citizen science projects naturally promote the development of science and engineering practices. These projects can be integrated at any grade level and aligned to meet other content areas as students participate in authentic inquiry. The authors participate in the "Tulip Test Garden" to meet goals for learning about plants, living things, weather, and seasonal changes. This project is inspired by Journey North, an organization that engages teachers and individuals in documenting migration patterns and seasonal changes. The students become engaged in making predictions, becoming scientists, and planting in the fall months. In the spring, students observe the tulips' growth and life cycle in their garden and develop a deeper understanding about plants through classroom activities and literature.
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Science Interests, Gardening, Plants (Botany), Weather, Climate, Animals, Science Process Skills, Scientists, Science Activities, Teaching Methods, Outdoor Education, Natural Resources
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Kindergarten; Primary Education
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