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__ Doing Hands-On Science With Kids: During the Activity
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Walk around and ask kids to describe what theyíre doing. Kids are sensitive about having the "right" answer, so emphasize the value of brainstorming and exploration, rather than right and wrong. 

Point out things that different teams are doing to the whole group. This lets kids know that the activity is do-able and that they can make a contribution. Explain that this isn't "copying," but rather collaborating and building on new information as scientists do.  

If a group is not progressing, ask a leading question to put them back on track, rather than telling them what to do. 

Particularly in afterschool programs, where kids may vary widely in age and ability levels, consider recording data as a group. Everyone gets to contribute, and it feels less like a school assignment.  

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