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        Making Observations of Leaves

        Teacher Gail Gibson assigns each of her first-grade students to draw a picture of the leaf they’ve collected in this video segment from Teaching Elementary Life Science. She also asks them to write down three details about the leaf. She explains her approach to the activity, which emphasizes writing complete sentences and using adjectives to describe exactly how the leaves look. As the students share their observations with one another in small groups, Gibson explains that hands-on activities are effective for children who learn better by doing. In the second part of the video, Gibson reviews some of her students' drawings and emphasizes the importance of including details in the drawings.


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