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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.
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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