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__ Doing Hands-On Science With Kids: After the Activity
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Have kids assess what they've learned by explaining why they think their outcomes did or didn't match their predictions. Ask: What do you know now that you didn't know before the activity? 

Capture kids' reflections and explanations in writing or on audiotape or videotape. Use the responses to create a bulletin board, Web site, or newsletter to share with their families. 

Connect the big idea of the activity back to the "real world." For example, bring in pictures of structures that show how triangles are used in construction. If possible, take kids to see example firsthand. 

Allow kids to take their products home to share with their families. Kids feel like the "expert" at home, and their families see what they are learning and doing. Most middle-school kids also like to reteach what they know to younger kids.  

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