The Power of Observation

On the ReadWriteThink.org website there is an excellent lesson plan by Devon Hammer of Grand Island, Nebraska entitled,

How Does My Garden Grow? Writing in Science Field Journals

The following is an overview:
Science field journals have been in use for many, many years. In fact, Lewis and Clark were asked to keep a field journal by President Thomas Jefferson. Their journals included detailed observations of the land, plants, and animals they saw. This lesson plan invites students to observe and explore their environment in much the same way. Students work together to plant a garden and study its growth using the inquiry process of questioning and exploring. As they research and study, students record their observations in a field journal, to be shared with others—just like Lewis and Clark!

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