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Go Wild with Webcams!

 

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Go Wild with Webcams!

Grades 3 – 5
Activity Time 20 or more minutes a day, as often as desired
Activity Author

Lisa Storm Fink

Lisa Storm Fink

Urbana, Illinois

 
Publisher National Council of Teachers of English
 

Activity Description

Why This Is Helpful

 

Activity Description

Can't make it to a zoo? After reading a book about animals, observe animal habits and habitats using one of the many Webcams streaming from zoos and aquariums around the United States and the world. Simply watch and wonder, or invite children to use a notetaking form or notebooks and participate in discussions and questioning. This activity can also lead to research on animals and their habitats.

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Why This Is Helpful

Children seem to have a nature interest in animals. By looking at Webcams and watching animal behavior, children learn to look closely and think like scientists. They learn to record their observations. Children then ask questions and want to find the answers. This simple activity can lead to many other exciting projects!

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