Connecting to Nature
In Kindergarten, students will discover how to connect with nature. Plant and animal life are observed on and around school grounds as students learn how to slow down and notice the natural world. Students will explore what animals and plants need to live, where they live, and why they live there. Kindergarteners are active learners who are beginning to understand how their actions affect the world around them. Activities in the Kindergarten Eco-Literacy programs revolve around direct observation of nature and hands-on activities that encourage exploration, creative play, and engagement. Kindergarten Ecoliteracy programs include guided activities outdoors, nature observations, songs, story telling, games, and artifact exploration.
NGSS Supported: K-LS1-1, K-ESS2-2, K-ESS3-1, K-ESS3-3
Topics and Activities:
What does a seed need to grow? Become a tiny seed on the ground. What happens as you get watered, sprout, grow into a flower, get pollinated, and become a seed once again? Sort, eat, compare, and grow seeds, and wake up the sleeping seed within.
What It’s Like to Be A Bird
What would it be like to be a bird living at your school? Learn about local birds, how they live, and ways we can help them. Play fun games while exploring bird feathers, eggs, nests, and bird calls.
Meet a Tree
Meet some tree friends around your school campus. Who lives in trees? How do trees live and grow and how do they keep areas cool and moist? Activities may include bark rubbing, wood crafts, and sensory games.
Who Needs Plants?
Go on a plant walk to get to know the plants living in and around your school. Activities may include leaf rubbings, plant ID games, and a plant craft.
What colors can you find in nature? How do colors help plants and animals? Create art out of natural pigments and play fun camouflage and color games in this exciting class!