Use Science Journals to Teach Kids
A science journal is a good way to teach kids about the world around them. Beginning and maintaining a science journal will help educators and parents demonstrate to children the importance of observing the world around them. Keeping a science journal will help kids think about processes and deductive reasoning. It's a good method of teaching almost any subject.
Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Things You'll Need:
- Collected items
Collect the information you'll need for your science journal. If you will be recording information about plant or animal life, this might be a process that occurs more than once. Your data collection period could be an afternoon or a whole month or longer.
Record your initial observations about the data you have collected. That information should include color, dimensions, weight and any other significant information about the subject you are observing. For example, when recording plant data include classification name and genus.
Observe any changes that have occurred among your collections over an extensive period of time. Record any changes in color, weight or overall appearance. Write down details in your science journal. Don't copy your original data make new, careful observations.
Reassess your initial findings. Review any changes in your data or any pertinent changes to your study subject. For example you might decide that your initial classification of plant was incorrect. Here's where corrections should occur.
Make deductions and record them in your science journal. You final analysis should sum up your previous entries and give the reader any important information about your findings.
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