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        SciGirls en Español Activity: Golondrinas de Cueva (Cave Swallows)

        This bilingual SciGirls en Español activity is a set of two components that builds on the model of science inquiry presented in the short, Spanish language DragonflyTV-SciGirls en Español video. Educators are encouraged to use the companion video as a catalyst or motivator to get students enthused about doing science investigations. In Golondrinas de Cueva (Cave Swallows), the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science inspires Emily and Isabel to travel to Carlsbad Caverns and track cave swallows. The activity set begins with an Icebreaker, a simple activity which introduces one skill that is part of the full inquiry process. The icebreaker activities are intentionally short, lasting perhaps 30 minutes to one hour. In this quick activity, learners will model how caves are formed by placing one piece of chalk in a cup of vinegar and another piece in a cup of water, then watch and record their observations. In just 45 minutes, they get a glimpse of the geological process that created Carlsbad Caverns out of limestone from ancient seabeds. The second component of the set is a main Investigation, a more rigorous activity that includes all the elements of a full science inquiry. This activity is often a replication of the video investigation seen on SciGirls en Español. Allow an hour or two to complete a main Investigation, perhaps even letting it spill over across several days. This activity is an investigation into bird behaviors. Groups of learners will brainstorm a list of possible behaviors to start, then separate into teams and head outside to bird watch, identifying species and behaviors and recording these observations (from the list and any surprises) for further discussion when the teams reconvene. A wealth of citizen science bird watching opportunities can also be found online for any learners wishing to carry on with their research. (English version of the DragonflyTV GPS: Cave Swallows video and activities also available)


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