Spring Fever has hit and there’s nothing more that students and teachers both want than to get outside and PLAY! So while you are dreading the end of the year madness of trying to come up with educational activities for your students, why not “Take Your Learning Outside”? This is a three part blog series on educational activities that you can do with your students this time of year that will require little prep and a whole lot of FUN!
Today, I will be sharing activities that incorporate Science standards into outdoor activities. The perfect time for these projects would be right after lunch or before dismissal.
Requirements: Scavenger Hunt Cards (download here for free), Safe Area to Contain Students, Pencils, Clipboards, Zip Lock Baggies
Give students 30-40 minutes to search around the designated area in search of items that meet the attributes on their cards. Then have students discuss the attributes and classifications of the items that they gathered.
Requirements: Cups of Water, Sponge paintbrushes, Sidewalk
Allow students 20-30 minutes to create a work of art on the sidewalk with the water and paintbrushes.
Discuss the stages of matter (solid, liquid, and gas). Give examples of each state of matter and lead student to the observation that water is a liquid. Then discuss how matter changes due to temperature. Have students create drawings of their pictures over the time that it takes for the art to disappear. What happens?
Requirements: Safe Area to Contain Students, Pencils, Clipboards, iPads or other camera device
Inside the classroom, ask students to brainstorm animals that could live outside their classroom. Once outside, ask students to take pictures of the places that they think animals on their list could live. Come back inside and allow students to share their pictures that they matched to the animals. Have a discussion and make sure that habitats match the daily necessities of each animal. If needed, do a little extra research in the classroom.
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Need extension activities? Want templates for each activity? Checkout my Outside Learning Pack for more ideas and suggestions.