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What Nature Sees - Outdoor Diary Writing / Habitats Activity
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What Nature Sees - Outdoor Diary Writing / Habitats Activity

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This activity gets students walking around your outdoor space putting themselves in the shoes of a chosen animal. They’ll think about what that animal might be able to see, hear and feel. It’s a great introduction to diary writing that can be used as a stand alone activity or the lead up to a big write. It also links in nicely with your habitats topic. Teaching Structure: Explain to the students that they are going to go outside and find an animal. It could be anything from a tiny insect to a big bird. Tell them that they’re going to imagine they are their chosen animal and think about what that animal might see, hear, and feel. At this point it could be useful to choose one animal to go through together. Get them to go off and complete the differentiated sheets. After 15 - 20 minutes get them to come back and share what they’ve done with each other. Please don’t forget to rate this resource to let us know what you think. Also, be sure to visit my store and FOLLOW ME to see my new products and hear about upcoming sales!
The Floating Stone STEM Challenge - Forces and Motion
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The Floating Stone STEM Challenge - Forces and Motion

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This outdoor STEM activity gets students thinking and questioning what properties make something either float or sink. They will be faced with the challenge to get a stone to float using only natural materials, string, and tape. Equipment: Stones (roughly the size of a golf ball - the bigger the stone the more the challenge) Tape String Bowl / tub of water Teaching Structure: Get students to think of examples of items that both float and sink. Encourage them to start thinking about what it is that makes them float or sink. Explain that their mission is to make a stone float using only natural materials before the end of the lesson. Put students into groups of 2 or 3 and get them to complete the mind map sheet. Once they’ve discussed their ideas, set them off on their challenge. We find 15 - 20 minutes is enough time for this part of the lesson. It’s a good idea to limit the amount of string and tape they can use. The less string and tape used the more the challenge. Once students have successfully made their stone float or the time has run out get them to complete the evaluation sheet or simply discuss the questions on the task cards. The task cards can be placed at different points in your outdoor space. Finally, get students to share their thoughts and ideas as a whole class. Please don’t forget to rate this resource to let us know what you think. Also, be sure to visit my store and FOLLOW ME to see my new products and hear about upcoming sales!