Connecting with your Schoolyard Habitat
Take your knowledge of the schoolyard habitat from the Fall FUN lessons deeper with four more fun, hands-on lessons! The program binder has complete, detailed lessons with step by step instructions, as well as background information and additional resources to prepare any educator for a successful outdoor program. All materials for each activity are included for up to 30 students. Lessons are all stand-alone so they can be done in any order, whether you have done the four previous lessons or not!
Details of the four lessons:
Leaf Hunt - Have you ever tried to count how many different types of plants can be found in an outdoor area? This activity allows students to take a deeper look at the diversity of plants that are found in their schoolyards by learning about the difference in leaves. By examining leaf forms and leaf margins, students are able to see how leaves that look the same at first glance are actually different. Top it off with leaf rubbings, and students can't get enough!
Bird Nests - Ever wonder how birds build their nests? By attempting to build their own nests out of natural materials, students gain a deeper appreciation for the engineering skills of nest-building birds. The students then test their nests by attempting to camouflage them in the habitat to let their partner attempt to find them!
Litter Critters - Decomposers are our friends! Think about it. Without them, we would be drowning in natural litter! Explore the world of millipedes, roly polys, snails, and more by really looking into what lives in the leaf piles that naturally accumulate under trees and bushes. Scientific sketching with the help of field guides allow students to identify the different critters that live in dark, damp habitats.
Worm Worlds - Worms are the all-important underground engineers of the world. They are responsible for aerating the soil, decomposing dead materials, redistributing nutrients, and so much more! Learn about the scientific process and how environmental factors determine the population of an organism in an area by counting the number of worms that come out of the ground using a super secret technique!
Pricing: $45 per week, $10 for each additional week. (4 week maximum)
Questions? For more information and reservations, contact Hanae Bettencourt, Education Associate, at 206-523-8243 ext. 18 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.