Could most school kids ID these leaves? (March 14/365), a photo by GilchristLaura on Flickr.
This is my #365Project #photography selection for today! I picked these up in the backyard and I again wondered why our science curriculum, to my knowledge, never says in any of the years, that kids will explore and learn the basic tree, bird, mammal, insect (etc) species in their area. Kids leave 13 years of schooling and cannot identify this tree or common birds around the school. Will the Common Core Science standards address this real-life nature knowledge?
I'm into birds and I share my knowledge and obsession/passion. Just ask around. :) I see that when people learn just a couple of birds by sight or song, it usually opens doors for them to observe, WONDER, and seek out more knowledge.
My 6th graders will be using cameras to explore trees and birds and more this spring and we'll put their working knowledge to the ID test at our Missouri Dept of Conservation grant field trip to Hartell Lakes Conservation Area, in which the kids fish (learn basic fish and fishing techniques), explore a pond for macroinvertebrates and more, and hike with binoculars to observe/id trees, mammals, and birds (by sight and song)!