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As the school year comes to a close, encourage your students to make the most of their free time this summer. As a class, come up with a list of things they can do either on their own or with friends and family members. Wondering where to begin? Check out our list of 12 Ways …

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Take the class outside for a nature scavenger hunt. You may make it as simple or as complex as you want. Below are some ideas.  For younger students: Base your scavenger hunt on colors like the one here.  For older elementary students:  Click here for a free scavenger hunt printable featuring 4 types of birds, …

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A piece of paper on the ground… a candy bar wrapper… a soda bottle. It’s no big deal, is it? That’s what many students think. Let your students know the effects of litter on wildlife. This article by the World Animal Foundation is a good place to start.  Then, head outside to pick up litter. …

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This week, take the class outside to identify all of the different trees around your school or playground. You can have the students draw the leaves in nature journals, or you can ask for permission to pick some of the leaves to take inside. Have the students search through field guides to identify the leaves. …

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If you ask a student what activities are available in their neighborhood or city, they may say “shop at the mall” or “go to the movie theater”. But there are so many things to do outside as well! This week, help them get to know their natural neighborhood!   Start with maps of your city. Make …

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It’s springtime, and chances are, there are some wildflowers blooming nearby. This week, take your class outside to locate some. You may want to have them draw a picture and write down a description of the flowers in a nature journal. Then, head inside and use a field guide to identify them, or try one …

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Field guides are books used to identify animals, plants, minerals, or other things in the natural environment. They are available for purchase, although many can be found in your local library. This week, check out a variety of field guides for students to look at. Show them how to use the books for research by looking …

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Before beginning, find out the weather forecast for the week. Have each student record this information or post it where the whole class can view it. Have the students keep a weather log for the next five days. Be sure to include the high temperature, the low temperature, and the amount of precipitation for each …

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This week, take students outside to hear what nature sounds like. Depending on your students, it may be a little hard at first to settle down long enough to listen well. But once they do, they’ll be surprised by just how much they hear.  Supplies Plain white paper Pencils A notebook or book to bear …

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This week, take your students on an insect hunt. With warmer spring weather, they are sure to find a variety of species.  What to Bring Pencil Notebook or paper  Magnifying glass (optional)    Where to Look Insects can be easily be found around the school or on the playground. Have the students look under leaves, …

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 If you’ve ever tended a garden, you know the satisfaction that comes from harvesting your own food. Imagine your students experiencing that same satisfaction as well. And in the process, they not only receive a hands-on science lesson, but you can expand it to include other subjects as well.    Getting Started Find a place …

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Nature journaling is a great way to start your students connecting with the outdoors. Not only do they draw pictures of what they see, they can also record any observations or thoughts they have. This helps them appreciate their natural surroundings and hopefully be more motivated to take care of them.  There are no rules for …

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Spring comes each year with a predictable rhythm. Are your children or students feeling the drumbeat of its approach? Rather than letting spring fever take over, channel their excitement into observation of the outdoors. If you have a consistent commute with kids in the car, begin by pointing out the blooming flowers, shrubs, and trees …

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