I try to take a lot of walks around my neighborhood. On every walk, there is example after example of science concepts we teach in class.
It’s essential that we get our students outside when we can and throw some legit real-world science their way. Nature walks are a fun way to do this, especially to provide experiences for primary students. A nature walk can be planned with a clear purpose or you can head outside and discuss what you see. An awareness of nature and observation skills will last a lifetime.
To set the tone for your first nature walk, I recommend reading I Took a Walk by Henry Cole. This is an affiliate link.
I love the pages on this book that open up to reveal the hidden organisms in each habitat. Students will peek their heads through the ferns of the woods, lay down in the grasses of the meadow, look into the stream, and peer through the cattails at the edge of the pond.
As you read, you can discuss living and non-living things that you see in the illustrations. Then, it’s time for your class nature walk.
Nature Walk Activity for K/1
One of the activities in my Science Day pack for K/1 is Nature Walk Day, where students identify what they see outside, then sort those things as living or non-living. This activity includes 4 recording options for students with different readiness levels.
Science Day Lessons
Learn more about Science Day: 30 Investigations for K/1.