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Name Description Activity Type Age Range Presentation Style Subject Keywords
A drawing lesson A lesson to improve drawing and observation skills Art
Nature
Rainy day
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
14-18 (grades 9-12)
18+ (adult)
interactive art
designs in nature
nature study
observation
drawing
art
journaling
nature study
Art attack Art attack is a competitive art game. Teams of students have to create a structure in a set amount of time. Teams are given based based on teamwork, name of their art, and the story about their art. Art
Cooperative
Nature
Team building
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
interactive
student led
art
creative story telling
Bear fish mosquito Human farkle is like a big group rock paper scissors except the three options are bear, fish and mosquito. There's also an element of tag and team building. This game can also be used to demonstrate the different levels of a food chain. Nature
Tag
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
active
interactive
food chain
tag
Birds without teeth Students will learn how birds break down food, using plastic bags to mimic a bird's crop. Nature
Science
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
demonstration
interactive
birds
adaptation
beaks
adaptation
crop
Black magic One person "mind reads" which object their partner picked. Students guess how the two people are able to communicate without talking Circle
Cooperative
Rainy day
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
14-18 (grades 9-12)
18+ (adult)
65+ (senior)
interactive
Blubber hand Students will put their hands into a plastic bag filled with lard. They will emerse their lard hand into ice water. The goal is to simulate what it is like to be a polar animal with a lot of blubber. The lard hand will not get as cold as a bare hand. Nature
Science
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
14-18 (grades 9-12)
interactive
model
polar animals
mammals
adaptation
insulate
polar
habitat
adaptation
buoyant
Dissect a rotting log Students dissect a rotten log to see what lives inside. Arthropod
Nature
Science
3-5 (PreK-K)
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
active
interactive
student led
habitats
decomposition
dissect
arthropods
decomposers
decay
soil
Fatty insulators activity Demonstrate how an insulating layer loses less heat than a non-insulating layer. Nature
Science
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
demonstration mammals
adaptation
insulation
blubber
Hairy activity Plastic jars and cotton balls are used to represent the effect of mammals' fur on their temperature. Nature
Science
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
demonstration mammals
adaptation
insulation
fur
Heads up seven up Kids guess which of seven people tapped their thumb while they had their eyes closed. Cooperative
Quiet
Rainy day
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
14-18 (grades 9-12)
interactive
student led
Hearing without ears Children learn how snakes sense vibrations and why snakes rely on this sense over traditional hearing. Nature
Science
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
14-18 (grades 9-12)
demonstration snakes
hearing
vibrations
Homemade butter Students will be able to create and eat homemade butter made from simply shaking a bottle of heavy cream. Nature
Science
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
demonstration
model
student led
mammals
milk
dairy
buttermilk
butter
protein
far
Is that you? This is hide is seek at night with a focus on night time animal adaptations. Children learn how to adapt nocturnal prey and as nocturnal predators. Cooperative
Hike
Nature
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
active
interactive
student led
adaptation
nocturnal
nocturnal
night vision
camouflage
predator
prey
Magnetism and migration of animals Students will understand how the internal compass in migrating animals allows them to travel to familiar places without getting lost. This is a scientific experiment involving magnets. Nature
Science
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
demonstration
interactive
magnetism
migration
magnet
magnetism
migration
Oh dear Half the group are deer and the other half represent resources. If the deer's needs match the resources, then the resource gets "eaten" by the deer and thus becomes a new deer! Cooperative
Nature
Science
Team building
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
14-18 (grades 9-12)
active
interactive
model
student led
habitat
survival
resources
shelter
Predator vs prey Students pretend they prey that are being stalked by a predator. They wait in hiding in the best camouflaged habitat they can find. The first person to touch a base without being seen by the predator wins. Being seen means being eaten! Nature
Tag
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
14-18 (grades 9-12)
active
interactive
student led
adaptation
camouflage
predator
prey
Sausage Student A asks student B a question and Student B has to respond by saying "sausage" without laughing. Circle
Rainy day
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
interactive
student led
Seed bombs A seed bomb is a mud ball with seeds mixed it. Students will make these using native seeds and then throw them on areas that need beautifying. Art
Nature
Recycling
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
interactive
student led
nature conservation seed bomb
native
local
Seed collage Students will find all the native seeds in the area and then create a collage in glue. When the glue hardens they will have a solid piece of seed art. Art
Nature
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
active
student led
plants
seeds
seeds
Snake jokes Just a few snake jokes Nature 5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
lecture snakes
reptiles
jokes

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