Students listen to a story on how plants grow and pantomime the actions. They plant seeds in pots and use their senses to describe and taste alfalfa sprouts. They go on a fall seed walk.
Students discover the essential features of habitat while exploring the schoolyard. They compare the sources of water, food, shelter, and a place for young to their own houses and create a map.
December: Winter Story Stones
Students use story cards to create a story using pictures. They make their own classroom set of story stones by cutting pictures from magazines and gluing them to the back of glass beads. They look for signs of winter on a schoolyard walk.
January: Eat a Rainbow
Trace a body outline on paper. Ask the student what they had to eat today. Discuss how the foods have different vitamins and nutrients that help the body. Students color in the part of the body that their food fueled. Then they eat rainbow roll-ups/cracker pizzas.
February: Shapes in Nature
Students examine shape patterns in nature. They stamp paper with vegetables (apples, potatoes, peppers, celery) and other natural objects. They go on a walk with modeling clay and press impressions of objects into the clay. Book: There’s a Star in My Orange.
March: Spring Nature Walk
Students are led on a sensory walk of the school campus to search for signs of spring life. They plant spring vegetables in patio planters.
Students examine skulls to learn how eyes and teeth show the difference between predators and prey. They compare their own dentition to that of assorted mammal skulls. They play a hawk game to try to catch food without getting caught.
May: Reason for a flower
Students dissect flowers to see the different parts and how pollen has to move from flower to flower. They make their own bee sticks from pipe cleaners, cotton swabs, feathers, sticks and test how well it does the job of a bee by transferring sand on sticky paper before heading outside to test real flowers.
June: Math Hunt
Students go on a number hunt and find shapes/objects that come in 2’s, 3’s, 4’s, etc. They collect objects where possible and make a math in nature collage.