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Afterschool Investigators: Nature Detectives

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Afterschool Investigators: Nature Detectives

Posted: 03/16/2012 11:51 AM
Publisher: Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Subject: Habitats, Life Cycles, Adaptations, Birds, Nature
Age/grade level: Upper elementary, Middle school
Target Audience: General Population, Other: elementary and middle school
Rating: ***** (5.0 out of 5)
Review submitted by: Jennifer Fee

The materials and activities were engaging and interesting for the kids. ***** 5.0
The instructions were clear and permitted me to prepare to lead this activity in a reasonable time. ***** 5.0
I was able to set up the activity and clean up afterwards without difficulty. ***** 5.0
The materials to do the activities were within my program budget. ***** 5.0
Through activities with these materials, kids got the chance to do and learn some science. ***** 5.0

What was great about it?
"Nature Detectives" is active and hands-on. The activities get kids outside to connect to their local environment. The activities are easy to lead, and supplies are included in the kit or very easy to get. Activities are easily tailored for different group sizes or ability levels (most activities have extensions and suggested adaptations that will help leaders easily use the resources). In addition to conveying science content, "Nature Detectives" helps build these essential skills: Science process: questioning, observing, collecting and graphing data, making predictions, and critical thinking Interpersonal communication: collaborating in groups, sharing thoughts and perspectives, defending ideas and opinions Creativity: sketching, designing, building

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Submitted by Kate (program coordinator) [03/03/2015 10:11 AM]
Thumbs Down I did not find this review helpful.
Comments: The reviewer works for the company that sells the product. Obviously biased. More a sales pitch than a review.

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