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2. Teaching Science & Math in the Outdoors

Angela Boothby

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  • June 12, 2016
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I praise you so much for this day I think you that it's not boiling hot and that we have a nice cool breeze and power coverage there's just so much we think before I love how you so it's things in nature that remind us that you care about us and right now you're keeping us who it can mean so we appreciate we love you and we just surrender this time to open up our hearts and minds to what you want to take away. All right I'm going to start with a quote from the book Education Page thirteen our ideas of education take to narrow and to lower range there is a need of a broader scope a higher aim to education it means more than the pursue all of a certain course of study where she'll see as you go along why I'm highlighting that it's not a certain course of study it means more than a preparation for the life that now is there has to do with the whole being and with the whole period of existence possible to me and as the harmonious development of the physical the mental and the spiritual powers it prepares the student for the joy of service and this world and for the higher joy of wider service and the world. Peace thirteen paragraph one. All right so here you go and the nitty gritty of how to teach. Justice Cornell is the one who came up with this this can I have one key point for me. This is the flow learning chart and you know what here when you're thinking how to develop how to education you'll want to keep along this chain of thought and it may look overwhelming to those of you who are not teachers but I think you'll find that things and outdoors just naturally fit this progression and are pretty easy and natural to include so I got this from Joseph Cornell this is sharing nature sharing nature with children Part two I want to suggest this I don't like this one as much as I like sharing nature with children the twentieth anniversary edition that one is so full of really. Cool ideas towards the twentieth anniversary edition Sherry nature with children so sharing the sure children Joseph Korn now. The twentieth anniversary edition and you can get them for a penny and then shipping handling how many of your is like yes the penny and then it's like plus four dollars and so the book dollars and it becomes four dollars and one cent. Joseph Cornell. Sharing nature with children the twentieth anniversary edition and that is just has a really awesome ideas and it I ordered it in for it didn't come when I need it and member that pile of books that disappeared that was one of them I really don't know if I let them out I tend to do that and I just don't know who or limit them to or where it went all right so let's go over the flow learning chart stage one you want to awaken and Susie as and you think that's going to be hard to do outdoors no bells I'm children's love a play creates an atmosphere of enthusiasm a dynamic beginning gets everyone saying yes. Do you think that you can get everyone to say yes with handwriting. You can get one all right so on develops full alertness overcomes passively how many times when you're like All right let's pull up that science book and bring it up to the desk and let's talk about it one of you. Let's Well that's always look. We want to avoid that and you'll find that out education pretty easily does that. Gets attention creates involvement believe it or not one of the biggest fears without education is I'll lose cause to management I'll lose control of the kids as soon as I take them outdoors I don't have any control anymore you'll find that if you set your stage right they'll be engaged and ready to follow whatever you have to teach them because they're excited you have their attention it's like a mystery. So I'll show you in a minute group creates good group dynamics provides direction instruction prepares for later more sensitive activities so that's the first thing you do when you want to start you're out there and less and you want to think OK how can I awaken enthusiasm simply saying we're going to go outside and usually awakens enthusiasm quite quickly All right the next thing I do is focus that attention because often outside they're like play ball run you know like my little example or tell me this is what we're doing you know it's OK I didn't know we're going to be I'm exactly right it was my first time doing that with that class but then after we came and is as I want to be able to make sure that I can focus my attention. So that increases attention span like I said having a five year old sit completely quiet for five minutes I think is pretty cool deepens awareness by focusing attention positively channels and through the asm develops observational skills calms the mind develops receptive receptive it's for more sensitive nature experiences. Stage three is direct experience we learn by doing so if I teach them about. Plants that's great but if they're touching the plants if they're picking the plants if they're outside identifying they're having direct experience with it people learn best by personal discovery gives direct experience the intuitive understanding fosters wonder empathy and love develop a personal commitment to be ecological ideas and the last line stays for its shares and variation and you'll see as this week goes on that it's really really easy to relate things back to God when you're outdoors and nature everything and nature can teach you something about God It is awesome at campus Sabo I've been running the she cation program for fifth and sixth graders and in my free time I've been writing an app for campus Sabo So how many of you have seen a lot of bond apps there fall of trees and flowers and birds well that guy who said I have taken thousands of pictures with me because if we had a campus I will after all like yeah that would be cool here we go so I have read and little blips about each piece of nature that you come across a campus obl I'm at about four hundred right now I'm not done we haven't even touched it and sex and I said maybe I'll leave that for somebody else. But I'm done over two hundred birds we only have sixteen kinds of trees that I'm a tree expert Don't ask me to leave campus on the grounds then I'm not anymore. We have of us see what else all the me almost the reptiles and amphibians some mushrooms shrubbery. And some ferns Yeah I do have some friends over and I have not touched flowers I'm running away from flowers. So that is our goal and in this app when you go through I want to have a object lesson. Each piece of nature and I've done a couple so far not because it's difficult but because it takes time it takes probably an hour of cross references which I'll show you this on Friday it's so exciting and it's totally enhance my spiritual life Himes ten I love studying the Bible its weight and so I'll study the life of a beaver or let's do the coyote OK A coyote runs twenty five miles per hour on average I might get the exactly right because I'm learning myself if he is sprinting he runs thirty five miles per hour but on an average He just he can run a twenty five mph that's incredible and he can leap. Year I should have written this I think he'll leave but I could be wrong but he's an incredible little car is incredible and what is he doing he's pursuing his prey All right can you think of any Bible verses. That correlates with that. Peter OK OK very good even the other ones. Saul and David Yeah yeah Saul's pursuing the OK that's in the negative context which is OK which is OK because that's the thing about nature is this going to teach us about the devil and it's also because we see the marks ascend everywhere right so something of the nature are going to teach us that there's a double which is fine because we want to create controversy as it was going on so that's OK. The shepherds seeking the sheaf sheep. Well they're going to go it's a bit out. Really quick Sino I had an amazing dog and he was a beautiful husky he was fifty sixty pounds looked like he was one hundred and people were literally turn around their cars but quite kind of dog do you have and I would say Oh he's a woolly husky but I named him something to be my witness in dog I named him a Greek word called the dale and the tail is a Greek word that means to you after you know how many awesome plants in conversations I had and harvest conversations I could not take my dog for a walk anywhere without having a spiritual conversation with somebody because they did all your dogs so beautiful and everyone asked well what's his name all they want to say it and this is the tail or what is the tail how Let me tell you it's a Greek word often used in the Bible to mean to seek after and I could talk about how it reminds me just my dog love me. God seeks after you just like my dogs he's after me or I could take it the other way where I be like I prayed so much to have a dog in my life and I saw after this and the Lord loves to give his children good gifts and I've had people say I want to detail in my life why they look at me funny and walk away but you know you planted a seed right and so I was looking for those opportunities and I promise you when you start having these new. And you will see though. I lost my dad was a really tragic he just disappeared it took me a long time to get over it so. He's a friend of mine from church so you will find when you put these glasses on you will see that God wants to reveal Himself to His children they enslave reply is that he's a mystery that he can't be understood and I think our children are that's what makes me I can understand God God is Obs to abstract God doesn't make sense to me those words in the Bible doesn't make sense to me when you teach them in nature that it scans of all that they can touch or that they can experience it all of us that and they won't just see it in nature they'll start to see it in others they'll start to think of other ways they can apply it but you're teaching them tools that they will learn to apply in other areas. So that share inspiration is really easy and natural clarifies and strengthens personal experience is built on uplifted mood and you do says inspiring role models gives peer reinforcement creates. Provides feedback for the leader and leader can share inspiration with a receptive audience and your children will be very receptive one way or the only defense about the coyote the verse that I use when I wrote the app was that we press on anybody help me finish it. So that Cody is being extremely persistent in even though it is negative because he's about ready to kill something we also should have that persistence and finding God and seeking after him so that's just one example but you'll see there's many ways to do it all right but I'm jumping ahead of myself this is so easy to put us in everything but today I want to focus on math and science but you'll see that you'll be able to make spiritual connections quite quickly so take a step you can take your second go that way. Hopefully I have enough. For those of you who are new and walked in there's a paper going around that you can write your name in your email address if you haven't already. To get any emails of Power Point the power point I made yesterday and of the information today because I'm all about engagement and I don't want to lose the tension of my crowd I'm going to start right away with one of the lessons so we'll go back to the packet but what we're going to do is. You know I'm not going to have to go look at the packet yet how OK so what I have done is my littlest one. Little girl that same with me I said let's go for a treasure hunt and I said can you go find ten things for me out in nature I don't care what you find just ten things and you should have seen her she was so excited to go get me ten things so these are ten things that Mr Breen I chose I am going to put them on the table and I am going to uncover it. And I know that all of you can't see very well but I would give them a says in the packet twenty five seconds I think I will give you answers. I'll give you thirty seconds so you have thirty seconds to examine and try to memorize as many objects as you can and then I'll tell you what you're supposed to do if we were going to do this OK so. Right how many of you noticed my bag on the counter Well probably it would've been more exciting if I had a towel on the counter All right why stay right away did I say that if I said oh there's something under my bag that I want to show you naturally what it is what stage are you in. Your key assy you were number one right you were ready to go on this adventure of what was under the bag it wasn't that hard and then I took it off and I told you to study what what stages you go and right away. Your focus was and I didn't have to ask you to be quiet like I would if I was reading a science textbook I wouldn't I didn't have to ask you all to be quiet you were right a way to focus attention so you can go through the steps really easily you might find out that some of your activities to stay in one of the stages and that's OK too but you will find that they pretty much naturally go through the four stages all right now time for the direct experience if I had more time. And today I'm not going to send you our nature my first professors would tell me if they didn't take you guys outside I should be opening all the windows. Tell him so but tomorrow be prepare you're going side OK but today I'm not going to lunch oh no well part of you admit to how. You don't have to become a creative way to do this because tomorrow definitely We'll see you on how tomorrow works out. But if I was going to have my students do this what I would do now is you have five minutes to go gather as many of these objects as I showed you. You would have to go and gather them. And then you'd bring them back and we would see how many you got but the way that I would do is I would take one out of a bag and this is where you need to open up your mind and think about how you can make lesson plans and how you can apply this to different things I could pick tense the Sipek objects that cover one subject area so I could pick ten. And that covers different pine trees right or ten that covers ten flowers or if I was trying to teach. Textures I might pick ten different kinds of textures right soft and hard it's the are you following me a teacher's mind I might be jumping ahead to this just the way we teachers have to think sometimes but I would I would pick ten specific I might this not do ten natural things but ten that I was hoping to get a lesson across so if I was going to start with tree identification this might be my opening lesson to start with a tree unit. Also what does this create opportunities to do let's let's get bigger so I just introduced Let's say I picked ten trees and I started treating it what else could I be taking advantage of at that moment to teach. Categories. Life Cycles What about poisonous plants poison ivy poison oak so now we're going to remember how I said Alter education taught at the beginning of the page outdoor survival skills so it's pretty easy just to put that in there right. Anything else that you think I could just what I could make from cheese OK Yeah exactly I could teach a different kind of cheese and say Cherry is a really slow burning firewood and all of a sudden I can teach about that. And I could do ten different kinds of barks and here to write. What about here well let's just skip you might come back to that let's go to the first page of math and science that hand up that I gave you. The quote that I might hear the beginning of classes at the top. And then we'll skip down the word education comes from the Greek for to draw out or to bring forth when students can experience for themselves the knowledge we're trying to impart their lessons become truly meaningful and are eagerly absorbed. Direct experience is as important in the classroom as it is outdoors so don't rush to the library for a book let your young scientist learn to see and record the information first hand make a list or chart to note down the same observations for each different type of bird and this way a child will learn to rely on first hand observations and knowledge building so one of the things that you could start easily at home is putting up a bird feeder and you could teach them all about graphene and graphene as in what section. Rate so you could have you could use a white board you could use one of those big white piece of paper as you could use a poster board you could have little their own little journals and you just recording what kind of bird you see at different times of day morning afternoon evening do they come to the feeder in groups they come to the feeder solo birds you see how many possibilities there are when she started thinking it just keeps growing and growing all the different possibilities. If you really begin subverting. Ybor dot org Have you guys been Ybor dot org I haven't really explored the website too much because just recently I've tried to get into Bertie now they know that I'm not an expert but I went from five to twenty five or so so I'm I'm growing but even that word is a really quote website to observe you guys a little better than I could to write down and record where you have seen certain birds right. So you can say I found a bluebird here where else can I find bluebirds and you can also week or so you could be a scientist recording data on that website so look at least by the first one of the spring. First pine warbler of the spring and then you write that on the website so Ybor dot org is a pretty way to get your kids. Did with Bertie and to feel like they're contributing scientists and other ideas why not help your child plant several rows of being in the garden using different compost and fertilizes or watching your parents three different types of trees budding the goal is to encourage your youngster to observe question and answer so I told you the story about how when I came out the cafeteria with my two little girls there was this leaf just spinning What do you think happened this morning when we came out of the cafeteria. This movie where is the leaf and then when I was taking Sabrina down the road she was just asking me questions she couldn't help but ask me questions was this poisonous What's this this movie look that's that's milk we all know it's never mind you know she was just naturally making observation as in question if I read a chapter in a science book are they going to ask questions we try to we try to encourage We try to teach them right in that the whole kind of point of teaching is to help them to develop questions to learn how to ask good questions and I don't know about you but sometimes you try and so what do you think they just come up with the open and questions like that's not out of the box thinking questions at all because the material is right there they don't know how to a sentence says that I don't know how to think anything but those couple of sentences but when I I can't help but be like I could ask about this and I could ask about this and I could ask about this and next thing I know she's just observing this and she's observing that she just can't help it because she's outdoors. Door is the perfect costume to facilitate deep and independent thinking the outdoors is huge with very few limitations and force organization it doesn't give prescribed answers there's never a time that you can say I know everything there is to know about any plant animal or environment students can walk around and explore and ask questions that maybe only answer when we get to heaven the outdoors is a playground for the mind another little side point let your kids get dirty a growing number of researchers believe that good old fashioned play exposures exposes children to me out of bacteria viruses and microbes that strengthen their immune system so dedicate a small part of your yard as a digging station no yard no problem that aside a large container of firebox just for digging in the dirt So a question that I was asked yesterday is does it have to be a huge area no it doesn't have to be huge it just needs to be something that they could ask questions about so we literally just walked part way down this cover and there was that and the dish has all sorts of things and it. Uses a green space obviously it can't be just a manicured lawn though that can work too because if they look closely by one foot by one foot square then they could find all sorts of things and that little but you're not going to be able to keep their attention for average just using that one for. By one for so try to find a natural anything natural weeds all of a sudden are great. OK And then down at the bottom I had put this on the slide and I just think of our last night and I said you know it's not three domains is for no mean self others natural world and of course the creator So these this list is things you want to keep in mind of things that you want to teach as you are developing their education curriculum All right time for just some good old fashion practical ideas. Let's start with. One of my favorites so we're going to skip around in that pad of things so don't get too attached to my favorite one is this one by far this one is leaf multiplication. So you can do is you go outdoors and you find different kinds. And of course at the convenience of. Home life I couldn't find any pine trees. But pine needles red pine grows in clusters a two a jack pine grows in clusters of two and that's what I was really hoping for is to find the cluster of to you. And so I couldn't find a question or two but this is how many in my quest or three OK And naturally a current find for this is how many of my Custer five OK And then I'm just going to do it for teaching. We're going to make this. Four OK so what I could do is I could have them go out or I could go and gather all sorts of different plants that have different clusters now all of a sudden I can teach counting by. Three. And twelve All right one thing that they teach you is that children need to make pictures in their head of what they words and numbers if they don't have a picture and of their head of what one is then they're not going to be able to correlate it in their brain they need to be able to have the pathways going and so. For example think of dominoes do we have to count the dots on a domino No we we have a picture right away when it's like this it's three when it's the one one one one one in the middle we know right away it's five if you have to count I know it's kind of difficult because well team but if you have to count or could you just see right away that that was five. Because you know your pictures right we kind of know that it's three into we just automatically think that our heads as adults but children need to develop that pattern way of thinking right so I have these all lined up right away they have a mental picture of what the number three is right then now this is when your mind can just explode with the possibilities so I could teach them if I put these out like so. I could say. Three times three is how many. Nine OK So then I would want to gather another leaf that makes nine you could make subtraction problems so I could take a five one and then I could take a one what a picture solely a cluster of five and a cluster of four and then just take a single leaf right so I could make entire math problems using leaves or I could make one of those giant. Multiplication Tables you know those huge multiplication tables but I could use leaves so I could gather all ones of just one lease so I could gather a bunch of maple leaves and he. Counting by ones then I find clusters of pine needles and count to four six eight ten twelve fourteen sixteen and then I could use my clovers and make three inside have a giant. Piece of area on my floor using leads to count does that make sense I was going to try to do it but then I was like Who is going to take me a long time. So I signed this why and I said this isn't going to work also with this lesson I can now teach about all ten eighteen and I could teach. Opposite So when I classify Elisa either alternate or the opposite I could teach about even I don't know if any of you know the new go math but they're always talking about like putting a buddy together so these have buddies these have a so now I know that my number is even though I don't have any Chico math but they have a little circles and they want each of the circles to have a circle to go with the circle and a circle goes it with the circle then it's even if there's a circle by itself then he's. And so right away I could have the chill look at this in big OK is this going to be an even number and odd numbers so you're just trying to create pictures and their head if I can create a picture with a number they're going to be able to pick up on math a lot faster. And then you know the sky's the limit they could come up with their own multiplication tables if I have a huge collection of leaves you can say add these together you know add six plus nine and that makes fifteen if you're showing them with the leaves the possibilities are endless That makes sense OK Anybody have anything they're thinking that they can use with it. OK We're going to have to keep thinking all right so. Go to the math page a couple of other quick ideas simply do your math outside using sidewalk chalk just go outside use regular chalk or sidewalk chalk and have them write their their math problems on the sidewalk go for a. Treasure Hunt teach them about their shaves and then walk around outside asking them to define all the different shapes you know we teach them their shapes and their and their books but in real life isn't always that Perfect Blue trying go no right now in this room you could even do it a shape treasure hunt but that's not anywhere as fun as going outside and looking for different shapes you could be using even use building out buildings outside stair to stair your house go outside your house and a speck All right guys how many shapes do we see on our house. Another thing that you can do. That's really important sorry. Maybe not all that different shapes Yeah and then all is that you're not just teaching triangle square circle but yes you're teaching more advanced shapes to write. Exactly regular irregular shapes because it's just natural in nature to have regular irregular another thing that's important to teach for a little one expression is patterns and we often use different colored blocks to teach patterns right well in nature how much fun would it be for them to to gather leads and pen and sticks and and rocks and pebbles and make a pattern around your playground or around a circle and also you teach them about patterns and life expression math is patterns if they can learn early age about patterns patterns all through math because all about calling those equations and looking for those patterns so patterns and essential builders So if you can teach them how to identify patterns right away even when they're walking their back a look at that trees dark that ones light you'll find them just naturally looking for patterns and if they can pick up on that you'll find that math will come much easier for them in later years. Another thing that you could do is study a tree. Pick a tree and watch how it changes over the forest season start a little tree Journal and have you draw pictures you could. Paint. Could color and then have you guys ever measured a tree how tall it is Have you ever gone outside and done that OK That website is kind of a complex thing I would take you guys out to do it seriously take going to class to teach you how to measure a tree but if you go to that if you just google your own how to measure a tree this is for your upper graders for sure even up to high school I've done this with high school students and for us to measure how tall the tree is and you use shadows you're using different angles you're using a script as these critical C. squared you using all the advanced formulas and you can introduce a very complex topic but you're doing the outside measuring the high of a tree not only that you could measure the height of a flagpole once you've learned. The formula you can apply on so many different things right so definitely check out that measure the height of a tree that website the reason why I picked it is because they have pictures and it's just the coolest I know it's we keep wiki whatever but they honestly do a really good job of explaining how to measure the height of a tree another idea and I put this on in math but science I'm sorry is go for a micro hike so remember in nature we're trying to teach them to pas to linger to look closer because in life everything we live in a society that instant I want it now and I want to right away and so on micro hike what you do is you give them a magnifying glass and this isn't a matter how far you go for this one you don't want to go very far you just want to see you want to maybe pick you can walk from here to that tree you want to pick a very small area that they can walk in the other magnifying glass and then challenge them to use their five senses. And say OK what are all the things you can observe and this can be all different ages anybody can try going from because you're just trying to teach them to look closer and look deeper and take time to observe. I'll going to another idea later about a way to do that. Another thing. Is getting sticks. And what you can do is you can get small sticks large sticks give them a certain number of sticks and have them make a big picture with that with those sticks. Maybe twelve sticks maybe a little bit more maybe a little bit less this is what this suggested is twelve large and twelve small but it doesn't matter the challenge is to make a shape or picture that contains the most shapes possible in that picture so it could be a giant rocket but inside my racquet I have trying those and rectangles and squares it could be a train but inside that I have circles and I have diamonds or whatever and so that's for younger children right they'll use that but let's put it to older children now after they've done that you give them rulers and you say measure the perimeter measure the surface area can you do the volume can you. And you can keep thinking all the possibilities because we use geometry and multiple different grade levels correct. Another fun idea is math vocabulary I think this one could also be used in different age groups but you have them go on different treasure hunt but instead of using words that they already know use more advanced vocabulary so I want you to go find me an odd number of leafs I want you go find me an even number of please I want you to find me double and you give them a number I want to find me double of for you know help them to then use those bigger vocab words. Something that shows near a cemetery. I want half of a number I want you to find me something bigger and you all of a object I want you to buy me something bigger than this you're just trying to help them to develop abstract ways of thinking bigger ways of thinking. You could also use that and vocabulary words with language arts right using different bigger words and having them to go for a word search for that another really fun thing is a human ruler we had to do this one in school and this one was a lot of fun so first you take a ruler and you help them to measure their body parts to become a human ruler so from the tip of their finger to what point is approximately a foot you want them to be able to use their body to be able to measure things so that way I said can you go measure the sandbox for me using your arm they know about this to this is a is one foot so then you see them going one two three well that sandboxes three feet by three feet or whatever or you can have them measure the distance that their steps you haven't set a pace well for a little one that's really good because then they have to walk a certain pace right and they have to keep it steady so you have them measure OK from when you take a step to here to here that's about a foot and then you start how helping them to develop ways of being like OK when I walk from this point to that point it's about fifty feet if I look at a yard I can say that yard is how many feet because I've learned to what is the word I'm looking for I learned to. Have learned to ICE to meet right estimate when you look and try to observe how many of us get aswell how big about is that we're like oh I have no I. But if they start walking and they start figuring it don't you think they're going to be able to be one of those people that can just be like Oh well I think that lawn space that we can play in is about one hundred feet away cross because they start they've actually walked it they had direct experience with one hundred feet feels like also their height be another awesome one so measure their height and then say OK now how tall you think that building is if you're three feet or stand next to a billion how tall you think that building this you're having them directly experience things and that's the whole point out there education is directly experiencing things all right so there's some math ideas let's switch to science science I talked a little bit about. The science and you'll see set spots so I would suggest I do this is my students and I mean it's way too big I allow them to have way too big of an area. But they are super excited about next thing I knew they are turning their little sense fast into four and. Also I think the most not really the point that I wanted them to get so how the rope off and I really want to go bigger than two feet by two feet you can go smaller depends on the area you're roping off and have this it is just go and sit and that's it spot for once a week. And. These journals I found them at Target I don't know where else you can find them but for little ones there really are some they have blank and then nice lines that they can write N. for all the ones I would just get blank blank please link sketchbooks those links sketchpads just get little books you can even make your own kind of the blank sketchbooks can be a little bit expensive sometimes. But you can even just staple your own packet together. And make it that way so I have them sit in there and record ask questions make reflections make charts of what they see just help them to become little scientists in their state spots. And. See here sound math some a lot of these are pretty self-explanatory. Let's treat tag is really fine Basically you playing tag but you want to teach them different kind the trees and then the safe spot is that trees everyone you're safe if you had a red pine you're safe if you had a white pine you're safe if you're on a maple tree you're safe if you're touching a cherry tree and it's a way of playing interactive game but you're also teaching a point on the way to. Another fun one. Is Well I talked about duplication bugs under a board I was see here. Everybody needs a home is fun and the bat. First you'd want to take students out to look for animal homes and then asked use to floor plan of where they live or where person they know lives play would include the things the students need in their home a place to cook and keep food a place to sleep and a source of water and then once the joins are finished have a discussion with the students about what they do ask the series to point out the things they need to live and that they include in their drawings ask the students how their homes are similar to animals homes if a human home has several stories it can give compared to a forest where the attic which is the canopy the first and second floors are the canopy and the basement is the grounds. That can be a fun way to teach about the forest in a way to start a forest unit it also can be a way to get. Maybe inspire an architect in their future and then they're going out and there they're looking at different animals homes and they're realizing that they can be more complex than they originally thought they were going to be. Before we switch gears this is a really fun one that I think is awesome what you're going to do is you're going to get a bunch of socks so you've got a good well maybe you have some whole socks and you're going to put it over your shoe and then you're going to have them walk wherever they want to walk except for you try to gear it towards a grassy place or a place that you know has lots of seeds and just have them walk all over and then come back and take their socks off and see what all the things are on the wing going to hold you in it you talk about how seeds are spread you can talk about how seats travel and you can then plant you seize it you can grow what you stepped in so that super fun. A lot of my ideas come from just doing it. The more you just start to think look at your lessons and say OK how can I take this outside you'll just develop a way. Think in it. Another one I use this project wet. This line is pretty intimidating so I would suggest every person get this book. There's a lot of ideas in here and this is for upper graders primarily to project why oh is more user friendly I feel like Project was pretty awesome. It's more using like Pons and water systems and project while has everything outdoors and what they have is a really awesome chart in the back of the book a topical and next and they have all organized so knee high school grades one through twelve and means middle grades and then the means like elementary and it tells you which grade level is good for and then what topic so do you want to study food chains interdependence ocean marine urban sustainability. Biodiversity land use. Responsible action and also it's a different things and then they have great lesson plans in here with really clear objectives. And I just looked it up on line and I think it's like eight dollars. Project Wild is by. Wild. Project well is by Project Wild national office. And it's a huge Association. If you just look at Project Wild there's lots of different editions I only have experience of this edition because it was given to me as a gift so I don't know if the other additions are good or bad or this one better best I don't know. The one with the beer on the front. I just looked it up this morning and there is just all these different ones it doesn't actually say I'm not trying to be not helpful with your question. I'm just trying to get you to ask was the problem so. Right. And you can also Google Ideas I have found that I can find some ideas on Google but I just keep coming across saying ten or they'll be like just take you up get outside and play ball of them and I'm like no I want deeper so you really you can't just Google all math ideas you need to be more specific so think like I want to teach. Story problems using nature you're going to have a few more specific google searches and even that I haven't really necessarily found a ton It's a new thing out there and so there's not a ton of ideas yet but I watched the new guy to try it because in learning and doing is how we learn so I was trying to wrestle here. No I never made it to the outer a scary place in Holland I went to nature centers I'm sure you guys have learned that your local nature centers have really awesome programs and they're really inexpensive they're using like two dollars and fifty cents per child so local nature centers I don't know every city has them but I know Holland has a really good one Kalamazoo has a good one. Midland has a really good one. All right one of the projects I had to do in school. And my Master's program was read the book education and then I have to use a concept taught in education but teach the outdoors so you're going to see some really basic ideas and I hope this is viruses that this is the beginning of my work if I can do it you can do it OK So as you read through this hopefully you'll get your brains kicking of how you guys can do this too and on. Then you're going to try it I also slip trying to decide if I should have you guys if I should just assign things to you and you help me how about your idea but I think you guys all teach us a variety I don't know you're not just all teachers either so what I want you to right now is I want to think of a concept that you could do outdoors so let's start with math. Everyone brainstorm a math concept and how could you switch it to teach outdoors. Just be thinking about math concepts. And what could you do to teach it. So while you're waiting let's make groups turn your chairs moon around groups of four or. Four. Getting groups of four if you want to try to find somebody that teaches similar is trying to aim to the age if you want to teach. This. OK class was. OK thank you sorry all rights groups little more intimidating working with adults. Who learn try and OK so this is all new for me. OK Thank you. Math how you guys doing this is math going to be too shaky since you haven't quite gotten into Are you guys ready to talk math OK I'm going to give you three minutes to talk and then we're going to go around and share quickly because I find that when you start talking it you start just going your ideas will come and then you'll listen and that will inspire this idea and before you know it you'll become an outer educator pro so you could teach a class where they are going tomorrow. So let's I would math and then we'll switch to science and I know science is like super easy because basically nature is not. So OK So math you have three minutes oh. OK I'll give you one more minute. Yeah you should you. May should you do that I'm just trying to get them to learn to think that way so have just get your brains going in a way that you can learn to fly it. And then what you're going to share one. All right. Let's bring him back again and let's share so we're going to go around each group and I ask that you try to share it and I can then sway because we want to move on in China something else but. I'm hoping this exercise would really help you guys to start thinking as our educators I'm sorry that I'm not having you guys do more things I know that would be really awesome for you to actually to experience that I just don't feel like you would get as many ideas if I just say you are one or two you see that I was super fun but that was it so I'm hoping that even though I just read through a ton of ideas today it just got your brain thinking in a new way just to look at you things in your regular tax textbook and say OK how can I take a regular concept that we've done all the time but take it out of doors all right so group wants to share their idea first. And I can add language arts they could write a story about their tomato plant they could use to write about a worm that comes to visit the tomato plant it's super easy all of us that interview all cross curricular you know they talk about a big educational push right now is the magic units they want us to do a lot of magic you know if they say that everything can be connected our students are out to take much more away that's why I think one spiritual theme and I just tried to highlight I mean my kiddos the whole school her tutu Tuesdays are all year long but it was just we pick one theme and we try to gathering around what if you could pick a nature theme per month you know how we talk about like it's an intimidating may I not a I know for me I find all this story ideas I'm just not being a very good teacher I'm not there's so many things I could do but if I just made one magic nature plan a month and I started there it would be a huge astronomical start so make that twelve right we could all come up with twelve ideas and just to make everything keep going back to water the first month this water cycle and just pick one and then it's not so intimidating OK And then you can disconnect everything back plus you are writing projects about. We're talking about gardens this month so in every case so try to make it not so intimidating to yourself and what group wants to go next OK and I have my little pad down here too and I'm stealing your ideas to see you on that. On my very. Own. Or. We're all. Angles that's a really cool one to find out there too and then it is up to Sarah Q And then even if you look at that tree thing for your seventh grader this so many ways you could take that then with other math concepts So definitely look it up. I mean many of. Them. Hate that cause under out to remember it wait let's not judge a case and let's go back to our less was at the beginning of math and science what it is they were disco my papers. The ballots out. Problem solving remember that encompases I'll judge a case it is two now two are not ideas in education take two Now if you lower range it's valid think outside the box that's out there education All right. Another group. Well. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah and learning to did said this fair what is large and small is definitely a concept that is taught at a small age but it's William for Think of that builds upon later in the years so I get another thing I was thinking with. Oh I know counting little side by the way I caught I taught County in my little ones because you're supposed to count almost every day you and I were you I get tired of counting to one hundred I would incorporate exercises into it so we were doing jumping jacks and we do one hundred of them we would count by five and they would lift up their knees by ten the new pushups turn twenty who does a hundred push ups. So you know we would count by two as we come I talk a three we come back threes we count by four as they get caught by more advanced things because they're using their. Roddy's and we're outside our education. All right this group. Scale that says. Yeah I know that's really good and then next go along I like because you're taking then and this thing there's a sound math. You're taking now and almost to the next to the next that level another idea and here to you was maybe I don't have it on here. But I thought it is basically draw a natural map I guess that I have understand and natural map of all the natural things in your yard so identifying the cheese but you could make it to scale if you use your compass so I like how you took up the next level that. Echoes. True that's advanced I don't teach high school. I don't know if I would know how to do you know how to really cricket fan at random so I know did you know I'll have one higher than the other because they can like we can hear left to right they can hear how high or how low. That's is ONE YEAR GUYS I don't know any other stuff I've really got through biology so don't give up on yourself if don't be afraid that you don't know nature out there it's OK. You know exactly when with your kids. And stuff I'm. Yeah we did i'm so I quickly forgot I doubt we did that with my masters and this would be a great for a seventh grader you can figure out if you figure out the rate of this stream you can figure out how much water is flowing through there and then you can figure out how much volume of water is in that little creek and then you can do a study of how much water you use on a daily basis as a person and then you can vary how much water your community uses and like how many days with that creek supply you with water. If you just I think you can almost Google Creek study water water study I don't have the handouts that my teacher gave me. But yeah you can do really cool thing. With the water flowing and then you're talking about rape and speed and using all those new book out where it's. Right think if you guys have something. Wrong. Or. Why are. No very good. And you're making it practical Why don't our kids like school what's the point when am I ever going to use this but if I'm taking them outdoors they say we I could be able I could actually use this in my day to day life all right last group. Were. Sure. Yeah they are awesome all right but we don't have a lot time left so what I want you to do in the show I might have leverage to take two minutes and see if you can take what you talked about and come up with a spiritual lesson what can guide teach us through the lifecycle of a tomato plant what can guide teach us through water flowing Can you think of a Bible verse here. We're going to have two or three minutes to try to see if you can make a spiritual connection. All right I know that you're still talking we have about three minutes I was getting a couple I'm giving you your hand over here guy has or. This is. Now. Awesome awesome. And they went out to have one they want to share. Reagan. Which plays into that I think go ahead. Anybody else have any why they want to ask. You know. Is it hard to draw astronauts applications sometimes when you're reading your science is also a book is not something that naturally comes to your mind but it kind of can't help but come to your mind when you're outdoors in nature it really just it just comes naturally and the last thing. That I want to conclude really quick because there's so many thing the following five days but songs are huge and so think about some of those Him that include nature and start singing some of those hams that include nature like all things great and beautiful this is my father's world eternal Father strong to say Think of all those hands and start singing those in your family worships to you to point them to the fact that we serve our creator God in creation is so connected with God my job. Is essential. My bible for some of you heard that my Bible first has pictures to go along with the him all right tomorrow I'm super excited I have a guest speaker for you how not me. Now so I talk in Holland Michigan and Melissa Harley agrees three thousand five and she was the one was the first person I ever met the Had our education a master's in our education and she is a fantastic teacher and she's going to come up and how we're going to do tomorrow together with the new language arts but she is an artist and she's going to nature journaling with you so bringing that language arts also is just super easy to find spiritual things with nature journaling science so excited she's a bit nervous of a lot of you guys more than we thought it would come so be nice but let's have. This have been recorded on you know. Let's pray. Dear lad I praise you know much for your incredible creations I think you for your love I think you for your creativity and that you gave us a lot of us individual personalities and creativity also help us to use that to draw our challenge draw ourselves into spending that time with you because you long to spend it with. And I continue to watch our time a campaign and find. A new name Gayman. This media was brought to you by audio verse a website dedicated to spreading God's word through free sermon audio and much more if you would like to know more about audio verse if you would like to listen to more sermons lead to visit W W W audio verse or.

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