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It’s almost Valentine’s Day, and hearts are decorating schools, businesses, stores. This weekend, head outside with a camera or cell phone and find some hearts in nature! Photo by keencarlene Photo by pippalou Featured image by pippalou

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This week, send your students outside to look for parts of speech. Instruct the students to first find a noun and write it down. Then have them think of three to five adjectives that describe that noun and write them down as well. You can have them search for verbs and adverbs, too. Photo by …

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You don’t need many supplies for this craft! Just a pair of scissors and some white paper (although you could add a little glitter!). For directions on how to make a paper snowflake, click HERE. Photo by reccaphoenix

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Wintry weather can get students down with the bare trees and grey skies. This week, teach your students about a fascinating feature of the season: snowflakes! For information and instructions on how to make paper snowflakes, click HERE. Photo by FidlerJan

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Outdoor Classroom Day is a global campaign to encourage outdoor learning. On that day, thousands of teachers will move their lessons outside for the day. The next Outdoor Classroom Day is scheduled for May 23, 2019. This week, head outside for a planning meeting! Tell the students about Outdoor Classroom Day. Brainstorm together activities you …

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If short winter days have you longing for more time outdoors, how about bringing a bit of the outdoors to your desk? Research shows that indoor plants can improve your outlook and even reduce stress (see, for example, this article on the benefits of plants). Our family has a long-standing practice of keeping fresh flowers …

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  Your students may have an idea about how much they weigh, but have they ever weighed objects they find outside? For the activity this week, you will need:  Bags for collecting the objects A bathroom scale  A kitchen scale  First, head outside with your students to collect 3 different natural objects. Instruct them to …

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This weekend, head outside and search for animal tracks! Don’t just look for tracks made by your pet — see what other types of tracks you can find. Even if it has not snowed in your area recently, you can also find tracks in the dirt or mud. When you find some animal tracks, snap …

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Are the grey skies of winter getting you down? Don’t worry — there are plenty of ways to enjoy the season. Here are some ideas to get you started:   Try a new winter sport, like skiing, snowshoeing, or snow tubing. Catch a snowflake with your tongue. Have a competition among your family and see who …

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Whether mild or cold, winter is here! Take your students on a nature walk in search of signs of winter. Instruct the students to make a list of what they see (or don’t see!). When you reach the end of the walk, have the students compare their lists. Photo by Erean

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The stars you see in the night sky change from season to season, so even if it’s a little chilly outside, take advantage of a clear evening. Not sure what to look for? Check out this page for everything to watch for in the sky during January 2019.

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Sometimes the new year is so full of new resolutions and goals that it can be a bit overwhelming — and stressful! If you’re already feeling over-committed, try these simple ways to help you relax, refresh, and reconnect in 2019. Take a walk every day. This can be a nature walk, a walk to work and …

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This weekend, get together with your family and brainstorm ways you can spend time outside together on a regular basis. Some ideas may be: Walking or Hiking Playing an outdoor gameBirdwatching Gardening Going on a picnic Stargazing Next, choose one that everyone would like to do this year. It could be once a week or …

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Is your family getting ready for Christmas? You can keep the holiday spirit going by making homemade wreaths. Here’s a great tutorial that uses a wire wreath frame, floral wire, and the greenery you can find outside! Photo by gleangeanie

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‘Tis the season for spotting mistletoe! Not only can you find it hanging from the ceiling, you can also find it high up in the trees. It’s not hard to spot; just look for bunches of green among the bare tree branches. But did you ever wonder — what exactly is mistletoe?  Mistletoe is a …

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Is the weather snowy where you live? If so, chances are you’ve made a snowman, snowballs, and even a snow fort. But have you ever made a snow maze? All you need is a yard full of snow and some willing participants to shuffle, stomp, and move through the snow. Need more inspiration? Check out …

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Play a guessing game! Have your students choose something they’ve seen outside (they can refer to their lists of objects if necessary). Instruct the students to write down adjectives and phrases describing the object, making their descriptions as detailed as they can. Teach them how to choose words that are vivid and exact rather than general …

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‘Tis the season to decorate, and what better way to decorate than with free natural items you find outdoors? This weekend, send the family outside on a pinecone hunt. Then bring your bounty in to create some holiday decorations. Click here for some ideas to try!      Photo by krosseel  

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Are you getting ready for Christmas? To help put you in the holiday mood, here’s Outdoorosity’s edition of a classic carol!     On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me: A hammock to hang in my trees.   On the second day of Christmas my true love sent to me: 2 …

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The whole class can be involved in preparing for this activity. First, have the students brainstorm together and think of objects they have found outside. It may be an object they have only seen one time, or it could be something they see every time they go outdoors. Ideas can include animals, tree varieties, or …

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