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        You at the Zoo: Professional Development

        Teachers can watch a series of professional development clips related to the concepts used in the You at the Zoo videos. Learn about strategies and methods to integrate Scientific Inquiry, foster engagement, make connections, think like a scientist, and learn independently in the classroom.

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        Using the Scientific Method: What is Scientific Inquiry? | You at the Zoo

        In this video, teachers are introduced to scientific inquiry from a fellow elementary educator and learn how inquiry-based learning can help build student engagement and critical thinking. Discover the five essential features to inquiry-based learning, and how this method can be introduced to the classroom.

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        Scientific Inquiry: It All Begins With a Good Question | You at the Zoo

        In this video, Teachers learn more about the Scientific Inquiry process and how it begins with a good question. Learn some of the features of a good question that prompt the strongest inquiry-based learning, such as "how" and "what if" questions. Consider some strategies on how to prompt and organize questions.

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        Scientific Inquiry: Step-By-Step | You at the Zoo

        In this video, teachers learn more about each step of the Scientific Inquiry process and how introducing the inquiry process prepares students for advanced work in later grades. Consider how inquiry-based learning gives students the opportunity to voice their questions out loud, as well as learn from one another throughout the process. Then explore the step-by-step process of an experiment in the classroom.

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        Observation and Data Collection

        Learn about the importance of observation and data collection to the process of scientific inquiry and how students must learn to make objective observations and record them. Explore some of the methods students can use to record their observations and tools teachers can use to help students practice the data collection process.

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        Building Student Engagement Through Multi-Media

        Learn how to use video as a hook to build student engagement in a topic. Explore how the "You at the Zoo" video resources can be integrated into classroom learning.

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        In the Field: Making Connections

        Learn about ways to make connections for students between concepts they are learning in the classroom, and the real world connections in their own backyard. Consider how this helps students gain a much stronger understanding of the concepts they are learning. Learn activities teachers can do to help students make these connections at home or in the classroom.

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        Using the Scientific Method: How to Think Like a Scientist | You at the Zoo

        In this video, teachers can help build critical thinking and encourage their students to think like scientists by providing manageable challenges and supporting them through the process. Learn strategies teachers can use to find what manageable challenges their students can handle, such as being an active listener. Teachers should also ask students to verbalize their thinking process so that they can help correct misconceptions and deepen understandings.

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        Becoming an Independent Learner

        Learn about the importance of nurturing independent learning in students as they transition from middle to high school. Explore strategies for how students can take more responsibility for their own learning, instead of being primarily teacher-guided. Watch a teacher conduct an example experiment in the classroom that fosters independent learning.

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        Interpreting Experiment Results

        Learn how to address some of the challenges students face when it comes to interpreting the results of their scientific investigation.

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