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This resource includes 50 hands-on, multidisciplinary activities to connect children to nature and increase student’s awareness and knowledge about their environment. Activities are designed to be easy to use and include step-by-step instructions. Each activity contains all the information needed to teach the core lesson, including background information, preparation instructions, materials and time requirements, student pages, assessment suggestions, and suggestions for extending the learning.
The activities are organized by grade level (K-2, 3-5, and 6-8) and align with curriculum frameworks, including CMEC’s Global Competencies and UN Sustainable Development Goals. Many activities offer variations for different grade levels or areas of focus. While lessons can be conducted indoors and outdoors, all suggest meaningful ways to take student learning outside. Many activities are particularly suited to urban environments, STEM learning, and some longer-term studies. These supplementary activities enhance your existing curriculum, using nature to teach about math, science, language arts, social studies and more—and are designed to develop STEM skills like critical thinking, creativity, and problem-solving.
An excellent resource to connect students to nature and increase their awareness and knowledge about their environment. The activities are hands-on and easily integrated into the class curriculum. Taking students outdoors to make observations or collect data is the core of many of the activities. All activities offer ways to take it outdoors making outdoor experiences part of everyday learning.
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