In a continuing effort to expand our thinking as science educators beyond the “scientific method”, I present another fabulous FREE resource from The Pacific Education Institute.. a handbook for Fostering Outdoor Observation Skills. The handbook contains units on:
- Science Notebook—How do students record qualitative, quantitative, and sensory data?
- Measure Time and Date—What are the different ways to record the time and date?
- Estimate the Numbers of Animals in a Group—How can we accurately use estimation to determine the number of animals in a group?
- Take Measurements and Estimate Size—How can we use actual and estimated size to identify an animal?
- Focusing on an Animal—What is it like to be an animal?
- Use Your Senses—How do animals use their senses to survive?
- WANTED Poster—What are unique traits of different animals (or plants)?
- Read and Use Maps—How do we know where we are?
- Use Data to Answer Questions—How can data be used to answer questions?
This handbook is a great addition to The Field Investigation Guide.