These activities are designed to be used right outside your door! Learn about and explore socio-ecological systems in your neighborhood by taking wondering walks, making observations, asking “Should We” questions, modeling data and relationships, conducting investigations, analyzing data and offering explanations, making new decisions and sharing with other families and friends. Each activity is explained in an overview document and then you can use the activity sheet to participate in the activity. If you don’t have a printer, no worries! You can easily remake the activity sheets on a blank piece of paper! Photograph parts of your activities and post them to the Learning in Places Instagram page if you are inspired to share what you are learning in your neighborhood!

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LE 4.A Choosing a Phenomenon to Observe

Family Science Learning Overview

There are many things to study in our own neighborhoods. Scientists closely study what they call phenomena over time and across different places in order to understand and explain how our world works. Phenomena are observable events, behaviors, relations, or ideas that can be investigated. In this activity, you will brainstorm and make predictions about a phenomenon that can be observed in your own neighborhood ecosystem!

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LE 5.C Creating a Neighborhood “Should We” Question

Family Science Learning Overview

Use this tool to make observations that you can use to brainstorm neighborhood “Should We” questions. Then select a neighborhood “Should We” question that your family wants to focus on and create an initial model of that helps you understand what phenomena are involved in answering the “Should We” question. You can use the activity sheet provided, or use blank sheets of paper.

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