Reflection: Joy Outdoor Experience - Section 3: Wrap-up

 

There are so many benefits to getting students out of the classroom and out into nature.  Students get to see what we are discussing in class in action and all of the complexity and interactions of life become obvious to the students.

Better than that, though, is the pure enjoyment the students have while they are outdoors.  It is easier to get students to care about their environmental choices if they actually have a connection to the environment.  Watching the students come alive as they investigated their outdoor surroundings was fantastic and the students began to wonder about things that would never have come up if we had stayed indoors.  For example, students noticed that as we approached the pond, a crane (I think) flew further away from us and a flock of geese moved quickly away and I heard the students begin to ask if cranes are mean causing the geese to keep their distance.  Another group of students were discussing why some of the birds were dark in color but the crane was bright white; why did it not need camouflage colors like the other birds.  Of course, students had to be prompted to write this stuff down but at least their minds are starting to form the right ideas!

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  Joy: Students Connecting With Nature
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Outdoor Experience

Unit 3: Field Journals
Lesson 5 of 5

Objective: SWBAT apply their field journal skills in an outdoor environment and create an argument supported by evidence that changes in physical/biological components of an ecosystem affects populations.

Big Idea: Students put their field journal experience to the test as they attempt answer a specific question.

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