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Bursting Buds

Elementary

Description

Seasonal changes are examined in this outdoor lesson that studies tree and shrub growth in the Spring. Learners observe structural features of twigs to develop a deeper understanding of the relationship between adaptations and the physical environment.

This activity provides an opportunity for young students to embrace the joy of a warm Spring day while learning about plant growth and the vital role of trees in a healthy, sustainable community.

 

General Assessment

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This outdoor science lesson supports curriculum outcomes that focus on plant growth, seasonal changes and adaptations while developing key science skills such as observation and analysis. The lesson also includes a word search puzzle that can be used to build vocabulary while providing a formative assessment of new learning.

This lesson also strengthens student connection to the natural world and supports action goals oriented towards community sustainability. A class could extend the learning through active participation in a local tree-planting project or helping to organize a clean-up of a town park or other natural area.

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Themes Addressed

  • Ecosystems (1)

    • Appreciating the Natural World