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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
Bat mother smelling game Students will each be given a smell. Some students will be moms and some will be babies. The blindfolded moms must try to find their babies based on smell alone. Cooperative
Nature
Science
Team building
3-5 (PreK-K)
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
active
interactive
model
student led
mammals
baby animals
scent
bats
mammals
baby animals
scent
bats
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
Blanket drop name game Blanket drop name game is a name game. Students divide into teams and send one person from their team to sit behind a blanket. When the blanket lifts, the student has to guess the other student's name. Nature 3-5 (PreK-K)
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
interactive
student led
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
Dream catchers with paper plates Students will be able to make dreamcatchers out of paper plates, feathers, yarn and paint. Art
Arthropod
Nature
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
student led birds dreamcatcher
birds
dreams
Evolution Evolution is a game where students all start out as chickens. They play rock, paper scissors to evolve into the next lifeform. Students can only play against the same lifeform. Students who reach the top lifeform, which is a teenager, win the game. Dinosaur
Nature
Science
3-5 (PreK-K)
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
active
interactive
model
student led
evolution
adaptation
evolution
adaptation
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
Frog sounds Students will use common objects to create four local frog calls. Nature
Science
3-5 (PreK-K)
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
active
demonstration
interactive
model
student led
amphibians
frogs
toads
frogs
frog calls
toads
Fungus dance When the lights are on, students writh around in the "dirt" as fungus hyphae (like roots), when the lights are off, students dance, throw cotton balls (spores) while they are misted with water. It's the fungus dance! Nature 3-5 (PreK-K)
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
active
interactive
fungus fungus
fungi
spores
hyphae
mycology
Habitat mural Habitat mural is an activity where the instructor draws/paints a natural scene on a large piece of paper and students draw and cut out animals and place them in the appropriate habitats. Art
Nature
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
interactive
model
student led
habitats
environments
habitats
environments
niche
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

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