Objective: Children will observe changes in plants and animals in nature and will record these changes in their journals.
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Note: This lesson requires (1) taking a walk outside 1 day per week for several weeks and (2) constructing a journal for each child prior to the lesson. To construct the journal, fold the construction paper and the copy paper in half. To make a journal, place 5 folded sheets of copy paper inside the folded construction paper, and staple in place.
Whether you live in the city, in the suburbs, or in the country, nature is all around you. Trees, bushes, flowers, and insects live in many different settings. Squirrels, chipmunks, rabbits, and a variety of birds are commonly found in cities, suburbs, and in the country.
The natural world is rich with life and opportunities to explore and learn. Providing children with opportunities to find special places to explore will help them create a relationship with nature. As children explore, they automatically connect with their natural surroundings. Giving the children the freedom to discover and enjoy nature inspires a desire to appreciate and care for the natural environment.
These lessons are aligned with the Common Core State Standards ("CCSS"). The CCSS provide a consistent, clear understanding of the concepts and skills children are expected to learn and guide teachers to provide their students with opportunities to gain these important skills and foundational knowledge.
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There are currently no Common Core Standards for pre-k, but these lessons are aligned as closely as possible to capture the requirements and meet the goals of Common Core Standards. However, these lessons were neither reviewed or approved by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices or the Council of Chief State School Officers, which together are the owners and developers of the Common Core State Standards.
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