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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

How to Make Your Fall Walks Learning-Filled

I love fall!  I like enjoying the warm weather before it turns cold.  I think the colors of the trees are beautiful.  It is definitely my favorite season. Which of course means that I have been doing lots of fun fall things with my class.

The other day, we took a fall walk outside and did some fun fall activities.  I thought I would share some of the things we did on our fall walk.

I am so thankful that our school is on a large, wooded property. This gives us the perfect place to walk around and observe nature.  We took our clipboards, pencils, and a fun fall scavenger hunt activity as we started our walk. Because some of the words were still a little tricky for my first graders, I read through the list of items to them before we started. This gave them at least some idea of what we were looking for.


 We stopped along the way to examine and talk about anything interesting we saw. We looked at different kinds of leaves and noticed the types of trees they had fallen from. We pointed out different mushrooms on the ground and fungus growing on fallen branches. We picked up acorns, twigs, and any brightly colored leaves that caught our attention. 


We felt different kinds of tree bark and talked about whether each one was rough or smooth. My kiddos spent quite a bit of time looking for frogs too, but I'm pretty sure they were loud enough to scare away any little creatures.
And of course, as we found things on our list, we checked them off.



Next we headed to an open platform area on our property that is perfect for doing work outside. The students then had to finish a sentence about our walk and draw a picture to go with it.  Afterward, I showed them how to make leaf rubbings on some extra paper I had brought outside.



Most of my students had never done leaf rubbings before so it took some extra explaining and demonstrating on my part. However, once they got the hang of it, they had a blast. I think each student filled at least 2 pages with leaf rubbings and would have kept going indefinitely!

We had so much fun learning about the trees, leaves, seeds, and plants growing in the world around us. Even better, we were out of the classroom, enjoying a beautiful day, and still learning. Who said school has to be boring?

2 comments:

  1. Looks like fun! It's so great that your school has such a nice location. I should have taken my students outside more during the month of November. The weather has been amazing. Soon, it will be WAY too cold to head outside.
    Jan
    Laughter and Consistency

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    1. It's great to have such a great place to be outside for sure! I am not looking forward to the cold weather at all. I wish we had fall all year round!

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