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A walk in a local green space becomes a lesson in concentration as students use their senses to recognize specific natural objects. Critical thinking skills are used to sort and identify leaves using characteristics like texture, smell and shape. This activity provides an opportunity for young learners to appreciate nature's beauty and complexity while enjoying a quiet, reflective outdoor experience.
This lesson provides key strategies for students to practice and develop memory skills while learning how to use their senses to describe and recognize objects. The lesson could be easily extended by having a class identify and classify different types of trees and flowers based on sensory experience. Involving a local naturalist on this outdoor walk could also provide an opportunity for learning how to use sound cues to distinguish bird and frog calls.
In this noisy world, quiet spaces are vital for health and well-being. A class could work with parents and teachers to develop a school reading garden. This area could feature trees, flowers and vegetables while providing some simple seating such as donated park benches, logs or large rocks. A class could even add homemade wind chimes, cushions and bird houses to this green space that would provide a calm outdoor area for students and school staff.
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