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Summer Reading & The “I Wonder Circle”

I’ve been catching up with Sean Musselman’s blog about science education. (Clicking “follow” is so easy. Actually reading content, not so much. I’m repeatedly rediscovering bloggers in my network that are overdue for the harvest. Musselman’s blog is a case in point.)  His recent post about the use of texts in science classes is useful, including this:

The National Science Teacher Association’s Science and Children has been publishing a list of outstanding trade books for several
years now with connections to learning strands and activities to boot.

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This got me thinking about what’s all the rage in parent-school talk—summer slippage in skills development.

I’m going to check out some of the titles on these lists on our next trip to the library (off the bat: Leopard and Silkie, by Brenda Peterson, and Moonbird, by Phillip Hoose).   I’m also resolved to check my inbox more regularly for Sean’s posts.

Musselman also blogged recently about the “I Wonder Circle” and about the nature of inquiry in teaching elementary science. Those of us getting our toes wet in citizen science and OOST-based science may also find his posts on this subject useful.

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