Elementary Informal Education | Daily Do
As you and your students follow Speck, the red-spotted newt, on his journey to find a new pond for the winter, you will encounter many opportunities to look for animals and plants on the page that are similar (the same kind of animal and/or plant) but with noticeable differences.
Throughout the story, you might choose to ask, "Are the animals/plants on this page the same kind of animals/plants? (claim) Why do you say so?" (evidence)
Join Mark Eastburn, author of the NSTA e-Book Are They the Same?, on an amphibian safari, during which he encounters salamanders and frogs in their natural habitats. He shares ideas and tips (and safety considerations) for making your own safari in a local green space and how to share your observations with other amphibian enthusiasts and scientists. Here's your family's chance to become citizen scientists!
NSTA has created a How Are They Similar and Different? collection of resources to support teachers and families using this task. If you're an NSTA member, you can add this collection to your library by clicking Add to My Library, located near the top of the page (at right in the blue box).
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