Meet a Naturalist: Researching, Writing, Interviewing

Young scholars reach out into the community and learn about different environmental science careers in this inquiry-based lesson. Beginning with a short research assignment, children gain background knowledge about different environmental professions before contacting and interviewing local naturalists. If face-to-face interviews can not be arranged, have children write letters to professionals from around the state, the country, or even the world. This would be a great lesson to conclude an elementary earth or life science unit, exposing children to ways people are working to preserve the environment.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Pros

  • An extension activity is provided that engages children in preserving the environment
  • Provides a suggestion for a related service learning project
  • Tips are offered for adapting the lesson to meet the needs of children across a range of age levels
Cons

  • Additional scaffolding needed to support students with researching environmental professions