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Spring is the perfect time of year to engage students in observing the natural world around them. Give students small paper or plastic bags and guide them on a “Science Safari” nature walk around the school grounds. Encourage students to collect two or three specimens along the way, such as blades of grass, leaves, rocks, flowers or even a pinch of dirt. Once you are back in the classroom, divide students into pairs and provide each pair with a magnifier. Tell students that scientists use their senses and pay attention to detail to make observations and new discoveries. Invite students to observe their specimens under the magnifier and describe what they see. Have them categorize the items according to their descriptions (e.g., by color, shape, texture, size, and so on). If possible, try using microscopes instead of magnifiers!
preschool - 3rd grade / 3 - 8 years