Monthly Archives: September 2012

The September Simple Science Strategies Blog Carnival Awaits You!

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Please share how you used the learning ideas in this month’s Simple Science Newsletter! Simply click on the “submit an article” link in the widget, below, and enter in the information about your blog post or web article.

Better yet, install the widget as a sidebar on your blog, so you will never forget to submit your ideas. And don’t limit yourself to the topics of the monthly newsletter — as long as you are sharing classroom or homeschool ideas that others can use, there is a “potpourri” section, made just for this purpose!

Don’t worry about missing a deadline — While I must have a deadline for publishing purposes, if you do a September task in December, post it! We don’t want to miss any of that good teaching you all do.

This month’s carnival ends at 5:00 pm on September 28, and will be posted to this blog on Monday, October 1, 2012. Stay tuned for the October carnival, which will begin on September 30, 2012!

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Taking a Sock Walk: a Strategy for Nature Study

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Take a sock walk to get a closer look at the seeds in your area. (Photo credit (c) Kim M. Bennett, 2012)

[This article is the first in a series to accompany the September Simple Science Newsletter. Click on the link for more information, and the other nature studies in the series for the month.]

Getting Kids’ Attention…

When it comes to things to observe in the environment, seeds are one of the toughest items to draw a child’s attention.

  • They are small (often very small…)…
  • They are often hidden…
  • They are brown…
  • They aren’t very flashy…

In the birding world, birders refer to the plethora of sparrows, inconspicuous warblers and other tiny brown birds as “LBJs,” or “little brown jobs.” Like our seeds, they don’t stand out, and tend to blend into the backdrop, as well as into each other.

Seeds might be the “little brown jobs” of the plant world. In short, if we struggle to get kids to notice things around them, anyway, we have to nearly bend over backwards to get them to pay attention to things like seeds. So, we develop engaging ways to get them to interact with their surroundings. Such as a “sock walk.”

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