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Backyard Animals - Outdoor Inquiry (K-2)

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Exploring outdoors is a great way to engage young students in science investigation. Giving them a list of animals to find over several days will keep their minds focused on looking, wondering and asking questions – all ways to build young scientists!

Backyard Animals - Outdoor Inquiry K-2
Backyard Animals - Outdoor Inquiry K-2

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Exploringnature.org has more than 2,000 illustrated animals. Read about them, color them, label them, learn to draw them.