engagement and PersistenCe standard 53
“Do they wear socks?”
william’s small group and several parents
are on a field trip to a local nature center.
the purpose of the visit is to investigate
how different animals find food and
shelter and manage to keep themselves
warm in the wintertime. william wonders
aloud if perhaps squirrels wear socks
to keep warm. other children share their ideas during a group discussion,
reflecting their many different levels of understanding. the parents and
children then bundle up and go outside for a directed walk in the snow to
look for evidence of animals that are
living in the frozen landscape.
the nature center’s
environmental educator leads the
group, directing everyone’s attention
to specific objects and conditions
found along the trail. william sees
a small vine poking up through
the snow and stops to investigate.
he bends down and grasps it with
his mittened hand. scraping some
snow aside, he uncovers a pinecone.
he kneels down and digs further
to expose a whole collection of
pinecones, nut shells, twigs, and
seeds. working methodically, he
exposes an area twelve inches
in diameter. Keeping his head
down, he continues to work
away as his teacher and his
mother both call his name and
instruct him to rejoin the group.
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