Nature and Sparking Curiosity
I like to bring in objects of all kinds and place them on the checkout desk in my library media center. I think it helps spark questions, inquiry and interest in students. It also gives students a chance to use scientific tools on a regular basis. I can also show that the library has books that can help them explore all types of subjects. Recently a co-worker found a bird’s nest in her yard and knew of my habit of bringing nature into the library, so she gave me the nest.
I placed a couple of non-fiction books about birds’ nests and magnifying glasses around the nest. I will usually keep the display up for about 2 or 3 weeks, to give all of the students a chance to look at it. I’ve heard the most interesting comments and questions about the nest. One student asked another, “How do you think the bird knows how to build a nest?” Sounds like a simple question, but it’s actually a very complicated one. This type of display is one easy way to appeal to the naturalistic learning style of your students. Doesn’t cost anything and gives students an up-close view of nature they might not otherwise have. Heck, it might even be something that meets a Common Core standard!