Reflection: Real World Applications Interactions between the Hydrosphere and Other Earth's Systems - Section 2: Engage/Explore

 

Using Nature for Learning Experiences

In today’s lesson, I provide students the opportunity to interact with nature by taking them outside to make observations of different Earth’s systems-ground, air, water, living things. I decided this would be an effective way for students to increase their experience with the outdoors, develop their knowledge and in skills with concrete examples for their task, and add value to their overall learning in the classroom They have the chance to see parts of nature in a particular environment rather than just read about it; their involvement is engaging and more meaningful to them.

Setting the ground rules and expectations is key to having an effective outdoor learning experience. Prior to going outdoors, I always preface it with getting all the students on the same page for what they are going to be doing out there and how they are behaving out there.  I have student volunteers help me model the do’s and don’ts of their assignment. By doing this before going outside, it minimizes students from being off task during the time outside in nature. 

For this lesson, Interaction Between the Hydrosphere and Earth’s Systems, I take students outside to our field lab, (This is an area on the school grounds that is made up of a field, wooded area with pathways, and has a small stream running through it.), where they are making observations of different parts of Earth-the ground, water, living things, air, and even the sun.  My intent if for them to become aware of what they have around them and how these parts might work together.  If some students have hard time getting starting, I point a few examples out to them so they have a place and direction to begin.

My students really enjoy taking part in activities outside. It gives them a change from the traditional indoor classroom and they appreciate the learning experience as many of them do not have a chance to get outdoors often in their neighborhoods.  I find using the outdoors and nature an effective way of motivating students to learn.

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Interactions between the Hydrosphere and Other Earth's Systems

Unit 7: Water On Earth
Lesson 1 of 5

Objective: SWBAT identify Earth's systems and their interactions with the hydrosphere.

Big Idea: Students will construct an explanation about the interaction between the hydrosphere and other Earth systems.

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