Here are some crafts and activities that we enjoy and have to do with the outdoors and science.
Subject: Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies
Subject: Science and Language Arts
Activity: Habitat Pen Pals
v Students will explain the relationship between climate, conditions and habitat.
v Students will identify relationships between organisms within habitats and distinguish between kinds of animals that can/can’t live in a particular habitat.
Focus on the many different types of habitats that students could see. List and describe the outdoor habitat that the students live in. After selecting a habitat in which an animal could live, have students answer the questions pertinent to the habitat (animals that live there, special features, climate, and plant life). Exchange essays and have students guess the habitat using general knowledge about the habitat.
See page 18 for additional activity information in Project Learning Tree.
Subject: Science, Language Arts, and the Visual Arts
Activity: The Forest of S.T. Shrew
v Students will identify microhabitats in the forest by drawing pictures of writing a story describing a microhabitat.
v Students will describe some of the plants and animals that characterize several microhabitats within the forest.
Take the students on a nature walk through your hands on learning area so they can take a closer look at the microhabitats that exist in their habitat. Have them write and draw expressing their information.
See page 20 for additional activity information in Project Learning Tree.
Subject: Science, Language Arts, Visual Arts
Activity: Planet of Plenty
v Students will investigate the diversity of plants and animals on a small plot of land and explain the value of diversity of life forms in a particular ecosystem.
v Have a group signal
v Stay within the boundaries of the area.
v All living things including plants are to be treated with respect and care. Don’t harm or injury these things.
v Stay with a buddy
v Follow ALL directions the first time,
v Short investigations into the outdoors.
Starting an environmental club:
1. Announce the formation of a club
2. Brainstorm some club activities
3. START SMALL AND GROW LARGER
4. Set up meeting times for everyone to learn and have fun!
Ideas for areas in your outdoor classroom:
1. Nature Trail
2. Outdoor Seats
3. Bird Feeder/Nesting area
4. Animal Tracking Plot
5. Weather Station
6. Herb Garden Plot
7. Flower Garden
8. Soil Studies
9. Log Station
10. Rock Pile