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Sit Spot Activity

Elementary

Description

In this outdoor activity, students will use their senses to explore the natural environment and make a connection to nature in their community. In an outdoor space, each student will find a comfortable spot away from others. A timer can be set and the students will simply observe how many things they can smell, feel (emotionally and physically), hear and see during the pre-determined time. After the time is up, a discussion can be held to share observations and reflections.  There are links to explore and identify any birds that may be seen during the activity as well.  This activity can be repeated at various times of the day and year in order to discover changes that occur in the location.

General Assessment

What skills does this resource explicitly teach?

The resource emphasized observation skills.  

Strengths

  • interesting activity that students will enjoy
  • links to include bird observations
  • simple and easy to implement activity

Weaknesses

  • an observation sheet for the students to complete would be beneficial

Recommendation of how and where to use it

This resource provides a simple and easy to implement outdoor activity for early elementary students.  It aligns well with the Science curriculum outcomes for this age group and could be used as an introductory activity to emphasize the importance of our local environment and its habitat.  It also pairs well with the outcomes related to the five senses.

Relevant Curriculum Units

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        • Investigating change and the diversity of Earth’s systems helps us to develop understandings of the conditions necessary to sustain life
        • Investigating matter and energy facilitates understandings of natural phenomena and can inspire discovery and innovation.
        • The child demonstrates curiosity, interest and a willingness to learn about the environment and community
        • The child explores familiar places and things in the environment and community
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        • Exploring connections strengthens our understandings of relationships to help us make meaning of the world
        • Investigating change and the diversity of Earth’s systems helps us to develop understandings of the conditions necessary to sustain life
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        • Investigating change and the diversity of Earth’s systems helps us to develop understandings of the conditions necessary to sustain life.
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        • Investigating change and the diversity of Earth’s systems helps us to develop understandings of the conditions necessary to sustain life.
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        • Exploring connections strengthens our understandings of relationships to help us make meaning of the world.
        • Investigating change and the diversity of Earth’s systems helps us to develop understandings of the conditions necessary to sustain life.
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        • Exploring the World Using Our Senses
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        • Daily and Seasonal Changes
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        • Animal Growth and Changes:Investigating the Needs and Life Cycles of an Organism
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        • Daily and Seasonal Changes
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        • Using Our Senses
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        • Animal Growth and Changes
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        • Plant Growth and Changes
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        • Habitats and Communities
  • Yukon Territory
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    • Kindergarten
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        • Science: Daily and seasonal changes affect all living things.
        • Science: Humans interact with matter every day through familiar materials.
        • Science: Plants and animals have observable features
    • Grade 1
      • Step 3Select a subject
      • Science
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        • Science 1: Living things have features and behaviours that help them survive in their environment
        • Science 1:Observable patterns and cycles occur in the local sky and landscape
    • Grade 2
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        • Science 2: Living things have life cycles adapted to their environment
        • Science 2: Water is essential to all living things and it cycles through the environment
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        • Science 3: Living things are diverse, can be grouped, and interact in their ecosystems
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        • Science 4: All living things sense and respond to their environment

Themes Addressed

  • Ecosystems (1)

    • Appreciating the Natural World