Do you know how she recorded information? Much like these modern scientists/zookeepers did - anecdotal records... No formal scientific method lock step cookbook recipe. No, she took notes on what the animals were doing and made conclusions later.
So how can we apply this to the classroom? I for one plan to bring in the article from the paper and read it to the kids and ask them what they thought about it...what do they wonder now? I also have some wild life in my classroom...crayfish and beetles to start the year. We, too, will make many observations based on structural and behavioral adaptations (FOSS - Structures of Life) We will record our observations in our science notebook using diagrams, note taking, and questioning...as we, too act like real world zookeepers, zoologists and naturalists in real world jobs. How cool is that?