While Margaret the Barn Owl is preening her feathers, she notices a kooky, hands-on science teacher collecting owl pellets in the woods. Margaret later observes a captivating Dissecting Owl Pellets class. Some of the students are enthusiastic, while others think the owl pellets are disgusting and look like a cat's hairballs! Will their curiosity take over and lead them to discover whooo eats what?
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For all of my growing-up years, a typed index card was taped to our fridge. My wise mother had used her Royal typewriter to copy the following quotation:
"Most delightful things are messy:
Children, dogs, woods, and mulberry trees.
Hospitals and graveyards are neat."
~ Katherine Dunford
When I became a mother, my mom gave the index card to me. Sometimes, when I would mutter and clean up yet another kitchen mess I hadn't made, I would glance at the card, now hanging on my fridge. The years were slipping through my fingers, and I was worried about splattered olive oil on the backsplash and mounds of clothes on bedroom floors. Precious time was fleeting, and one day, too soon, the house would be tidy, for Jim and I didn't leave wet towels lying around, but neither did we burst, blaze, and glow with goals and dreams. Raising kids, if you're doing it right, is messy. Hospitals and graveyards are neat.
Children have my greatest respect. I'm more interested in arousing enthusiasm in kids than in teaching the facts. Facts will change, but that enthusiasm for exploring the world will remain with them for the rest of their lives.
Author and teacher Velya Jancz-Urban created How Cool Is That?! (Hands-On Science) because of her belief that hands-on learning is for everyone. "When I look back on the classes I remember most, without fail they involved active participation." With the new importance placed on standardized testing, there just isn't enough time in a school day for hands-on activities. Velya, a certified CT teacher, emphasizes an inquiry-based, hands-on/minds-on approach to learning in all of her How Cool Is That?! (Hands-On Science) classes and books.
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Book Description Mascot Books Inc, 2016. Hardcover. Book Condition: Brand New. 38 pages. 9.13x6.57x1.11 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # 1631773887
Book Description Mascot Books, 2016. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111631773887