TEACHING SCIENCE THROUGH OBSERVING PLANTS CLOSE TO STUDENTS
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The study describes about how to teach science lesson using various plants close to the students. The purpose of the study was to analyze the process and outcomes of learning science through observing plants that were around the students. The study was conducted in September to December 2013 in the fourth grade class of 3 public and private elementary schools in South Tangerang, Banten, Indonesia. The results of the study revealed that (1) the students seemed ready to learn through observing plants that were around them, (2) they were very enthusiastic and passion for learning, although still frequent search for confirmation to their teacher during process learning and observations, so that the teacher seemed difficult to facilitate their students, (3) the students seemed to be trying to implement all tasks and noted all results, (4) the learning outcomes that were measured after the end of the study showed that the students demonstrated average results for the ability doing science practicum in observing, and poorly results for ability in formulating conclusion, in addition (5) they showed have fairly attitude and interest, as well as fairly self confidence and perceptions to science and learn science. The conclusion is that teacher can use various things close to the students and prepare their own lesson plans and worksheets in order to develop student abilities and skills in science.