Lesson Plan

I Spy Nature All Around

Get your young scientists out of the classroom and into nature with this interactive science lesson.
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Learning Objectives

Students will use words and illustrations to observe the natural environment around them. Students will be able to discuss the diversity of life found in different habitats.

Introduction

(30 minutes)
I Spy Nature
  • Instruct your students to make their own binoculars prior to this lesson.
  • To make the binoculars, they will each need two toilet paper rolls, yarn, a stapler, and a hole puncher.
  • Staple the toilet paper rolls together and punch two holes on either side of the binoculars.
  • String a piece of yarn through each side and staple or tie a knot on the end to keep the binoculars from falling apart.
  • Put out decorative materials such as stickers, glitter, markers, and paint so the students can decorate their snazzy binoculars!
  • Have them write their names on their binoculars with a permanent marker.
  • Gather the students to a common area.
  • Pull out your own binoculars.
  • Ask the students to raise their hands if they have ever seen or used binoculars before.
  • Ask a few students to share their ideas.
  • Explain to the students that binoculars magnify objects to make them easier to see.
  • Ask the students to pretend they are outside with their homemade binoculars. Ask them to brainstorm some of the things they might see.
  • Write down their ideas on the whiteboard.
  • Ideas should include different types of plants, insects, animals, rocks, types of soil, and other man-made items found outside such as a swing or a bench.
  • Explain to the students that today they will be going outside on a scavenger hunt to observe things found in nature that are not man-made! Briefly reinforce that a swing or a bench would be man-made.
  • Explain to the students that they will even get to use their binoculars!