Earth Day - 6 Outdoor Activities

In this blog post, I've provided 6 different outdoor activities for Earth Day.

As a child, I remember being outside playing with friends and exploring what nature had to offer. Earth Day will soon be here and I want to share some fun outdoor activities so your students can explore and appreciate their surroundings. Spring is a wonderful time to take your students outside to observe insects, flowers, etc. and learn what they can do to "Save Our Earth."

1. Take your students on a bug hunt. 

Give your students magnifying glasses so they can look for bugs and observe their findings. Then, students can continue their research about different insects. This is free at my TPT store.

In this blog post, I've provided 6 different outdoor activities for Earth Day. (Going on a bug hunt)     In this blog post, I've provided 6 different outdoor activities for Earth Day.

2. Nature scavenger hunt 

Divide your class into groups. Give each group a paper sack with a list of items to find in nature. After the a certain time, students can come back to share their findings. They love this activity. Give the winners something that represents Earth Day.

In this blog post, I've provided 6 different outdoor activities for Earth Day. (Scavenger Hunt)

3. Digital Nature Walk 

We have the Lady Bird Wildflower Center nearby, so we take our students to their trails. This activity can be done outside your school, too. Students can use digital cameras and take pictures of items in nature. Return to the classroom and put these into a PowerPoint slideshow. Or, if you use iPads, students can use different apps to showcase their findings. Ask your students to give examples of colors, textures, shapes and uniqueness. 
In this blog post, I've provided 6 different outdoor activities for Earth Day. (Nature Walk)
In this blog post, I've provided 6 different outdoor activities for Earth Day. (Nature Walk)

4. Write sensory poems 

After taking a walk outside, students can record as many descriptive words as they can about nature. Return to the classroom and write sensory poems.

In this blog post, I've provided 6 different outdoor activities for Earth Day. (Sensory Poems)

5. Make a Bird Feeder 

This is a great activity for Earth Day and Mother's Day. Make a bird feeder out of seeds and unflavored gelatin. Just use different shapes of cookie cutters to create your designs. They are so special and look so sweet when they are tied on a tree at your home.

In this blog post, I've provided 6 different outdoor activities for Earth Day. (Bird Feeder)

6. Buggy Snacks

These can be made at the end of your Earth Day Unit.

In this blog post, I've provided 6 different outdoor activities for Earth Day. (Buggy Snacks)

Additional Resources

- Kids Activities - Insect Theme Collecting bugs

Products to check out for Earth Day. And, you can always have an EARTH DAY FESTIVAL!

      


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Poetry Blog Hop - Poetry and Nature



I love teaching poetry during the spring. Students can just see and experience the beauty outside and come up with inspirational and creative ideas for their poems.

- Begin a poetry unit with a nature walk. Students can use their senses as they take in colors, smells, sounds and all of the things they can feel. Students can record words that describe what they see, feel, smell, and hear. Try giving groups of your students a digital camera to take pictures of items in nature. Then, use those pictures in writing their poems.


- Read different poems about nature and colors. I've provided different books that are for emergent readers, read-alouds and about different elements of nature. The website provides examples of nature poems by famous poets. http://www.poemhunter.com/poems/nature/



- Study different styles of poems.  Click on the image below to get your free poetry templates. Your free product contains a shape poem, poem in your pocket, diamante, color poem and autobiographical poem. Website and app resources are also provided.

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- Visit different online poetry websites and download poetry apps. 

Websites

iPad Apps









Now on to the next stop, "I'm Lovin' Lit."




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