with Journey North Photos, Video Clips, the Natural World
Observation — the
Heart of inquiry
kinds of student questions might this photo inspire?
Observation is the first step in the scientific process. To
extend your students' "backyard" observations, Journey North
features a wealth of stunning photos and video clips. You can use them
to engage students, build observation skills, inspire scientific thinking,
and create fertile ground for discussions and new questions!
Materials: Use These Again and Again!
to Inspire Close Observation: Draw from this list to build
students' observation and thinking skills. Questions >>
Handout Gallery: You can use this collection of observation
handouts for many purposes. Print and pass
out copies to guide observations of Journey North photos, video
clips, and the natural world. Gallery >>
You can use the question list and observation handouts to assess your students'
thinking and growth. Ask yourself these types of questions as you review their
- Are students’ responses
- Can students
increasingly distinguish between observations and inferences?
- Do they
increasingly use visual evidence (along with past knowledge) to support