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This week, talk about condensation! Some good online resources include: “Dew”. National Geographic  “Condensation”. Geography for Kids Students are probably familiar with finding condensation on a window or drinking glass. But they may not have thought about finding it in nature. Go out early in the morning to find examples of condensation on grass, leaves, …

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Your students can celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday all month long by creating a Thankful Tree. Here’s what you’ll need:   Supplies: Roll of brown bulletin board paper, butcher paper, or packaging paper Red, yellow, and orange construction paper or cardstock Markers Sticky tack or masking tape Fall Leaves Pencil Scissors Bags for collecting leaves To Make …

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Is your class learning about circles, diameter, radius, and circumference? Then measuring trees can give your students some hands-on experience!   Provide each student with a flexible sewing measuring tape. Students should also carry with them a pencil and notebook.  Have the students choose a tree in the schoolyard to measure. Show them how to wrap …

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You don’t need a lot of supplies to make some good rubbings. Just provide the students with plain paper and some crayons. Instruct them to remove the paper from the crayons before they begin.  Next, head outside and search for leaves or bark to rub. Place a piece of paper on top of it, then …

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Many poets have found their inspiration in nature. Inform your students that each one is going to write an original poem. Then take them outside. Together, brainstorm topics they may write about based on what they see around them. Ideas could include clouds, a storm, trees, branches, birds, butterflies, roots — whatever catches their eye. …

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This week, introduce your students to leaf bingo! There are lots of ways to play leaf bingo depending on the grade you teach.  For younger students:  Fall Leaf Bingo by Melissa and Doug sends students outdoors with free printable bingo cards. Students then hunt for colorful leaves that match the ones on their cards.  .  …

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This week, take the students outside and look at the clouds. But don’t just watch them — identify them!  Begin by teaching the students about the different types of clouds. You can find examples HERE.  Go outside at the same time every day to see what types of clouds are in the sky. Have each …

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This week, have the student create their own homemade kites. Then, on the next windy day, head outside to fly them! Here are some great sites for lesson plans on how to construct the kites:  “The Diamond Kite – Lesson Plan.” National Museum of the US Air Force  “Building a Geometric Kite – Group Kite-Building …

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With all of the news about Hurricane Florence, your students may have a lot of questions about severe storms and weather. Talk about which kinds of storms may affect your area. Then have your students start a weather journal. You can find a free printable journal from the Geophysical Institute of the University of Alaska …

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How is rainfall measured? Students can find out with a rain gauge they make in class! What’s more, they get to upcycle a plastic bottle that might otherwise sit in a landfill. The only supplies you’ll need include:  Empty two-liter plastic bottles Scissors to cut the bottle  Clean pebbles, gravel, marbles, or glass craft stones …

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Have your students get crafty this week and make a nature collage! Choose one day to head outside to gather natural materials. Remind students to pick items from off the ground, not off the plants. Items can include:  nuts leaves bark pebbles or small stones twigs flowers feathers  seeds There are several ways to put …

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School is back in session! We want to help make it a great year for you with nature activities you can use in the classroom. We’ll post an Activity for the Week every Saturday morning. You can also see previous activity ideas HERE.  This week: Go hunting with a camera!  Choose a “camera day” in …

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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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