Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Spring is Finally Here!

We have been loving this spring weather! To celebrate spring and look for different signs that tell us it's spring, we went on a nature walk. The students brought along their clipboards to record the things they saw and heard. They worked in partners and it was fabulous to see how they worked together to stretch out words and record their observations.

Noticing 'environmental print' and using it to help them record their observation of a park
"it feels like straw"

So excited to be outside!

"we found a daisy!" The students were excited to see this sign of spring.
While we were walking back to our class I noticed something move on the sidewalk. We looked down and it was a little snake! The students were so excited! 

Adding 'snake' to their observation lists

“It is important to explicitly ask children to share their questions. They need to know that we want to know their questions. They need to know that they can wonder out loud.”
– Carol Stephenson, Natural Curiosity 

Throughout the walk the students were focused on observing everything around them using their senses. They heard birds chirping, airplanes flying and the wind rustling leaves and grass. They saw lots of detail out in nature. They felt the difference between rocks, grass and twigs. Our class is full of scientists! Here are their lists.

We are hoping that the weather stays nice so we are able to get outside and do some more learning and wondering outdoors. 

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