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Starting at the Roots: GMSN Science Students Learn Observation Skills
Sept. 22, 2020

As part of their unit on prairie life and native species, Mrs. Benjamin’s 7th grade Life Science classes at GMSN North have been building their critical thinking skills through the observation of natural habitats. Students learn that observation means employing one’s senses and trusting their attention to detail, which is crucial to the identification of plants and insects and their further exploration. Once students observe and draw a particular plant according to its unique texture, color, leaf shape, seed composition, or smell, students then identify their species through the use of their field guidebooks. This hands-on experience fuels students’ curiosity and encourages discussion – while the fresh air and beauty of nature provide an added bonus, Mrs. Benjamin says. To view a photo gallery, please scroll down.