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Weekly Challenge # 37 – #KindergartenBioBlitz is One Year Old

June 2, 2014

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It’s hard to believe it, but this week is the one year anniversary of the #KindergartenBioBlitz. Over the last year with the help of this blog’s readers, we’ve inspired hundreds if not thousands of Kindergarten students (and teachers!) to get outside and explore their own schoolyard and local communities.

Children, are by design inquisitive and love to learn about the world around them. And, they love emerging technology almost as much as they love the out of doors. By having students explore their school yards looking for invertebrates (insects, spiders, worms, etc) and then having them share their findings both online through Twitter using the hashtag, students are encouraged to explore even more.

At first students would send a photo to me proudly and then answer my own questions (as I have said before this is not Ranger Wikipedia – my desire to to encourage inquiry and therefore I do not give a simple identification, I tend to ask students questions leading them to their own answers or even more questions).

Then, we did a second version of the #KindergartenBioBlitz in the autumn during the second week of school. At this point it grew well beyond what I could do myself and so I brought in a few naturalist friends like @MarkWhitcombe . With this version we created a Pinterest page to share some of the stunning photography students were sharing.

With the cold and unrelenting winter we had in my region we were all looking for signs of spring by the end of February and so we once more did a version with a “Signs of Spring” theme. This post by Ellisa Iagallo’s class in Toronto gives a wonderful summary of that week.

Now, with that one year anniversary upon us I’d like to encourage all that have participated in the past to participate again this week. Let’s explore and discover the invertebrates in our school yards. Let’s share what we find. Let’s collaborate, respond, question and marvel at what is being discovered!

 

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