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Learning science on the fly {Episode 7}

June 27, 2016 2 min read

Learning science on the fly {Episode 7}

I love teaching through nature because it awakens the scientific side of the brain in the same way that a good book can awaken the imagination. In this episode, we are going to chat about how you can learn about science on the fly with impromptu nature study.

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The Highlights

Learning about science on the fly is easy with impromptu nature study.

What does impromptu nature study look like?

It is taking advantage of the opportunities as they present themselves!

  • Weeding in the garden
  • Hiking in the woods
  • Walking down the street
  • Enjoying your vacation

Impromptu nature study looks like a mini-science class on the fly. 

The Benefits of Impromptu Nature Study

#1 - Impromptu nature study is a more natural and simplistic.

#2 - Impromptu nature study takes advantage of the unplanned learning experiences that cross your path.

#3 - Impromptu nature study is a great way to enhance what the students are already learning through their formal classes.

Tips for nature study on the fly

Here are a few tips for getting ready for nature study on the fly

  • Don’t be afraid to say, “I don’t know.” Do say, “Let’s look it up!”
  • Get a few field guides for your area.
  • Download a few apps – things like VTree ID and Audubon Bird App.

Additional Resources 

If you want to learn even more about nature study and how it can benefit your students, check out the following articles:

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