Activity Introduction

ducks heroQuick summary: This activity has been designed to support early learning centres joining in Enviroweek. By participating in this activity, children are given the opportunity to connect with nature. Children observe nature in silence looking for colours and listening for sounds, building visual and auditory awareness skills.

This activity is designed to help connect children to the wonders of the natural world through sensory and play-based learning.

 EW_logo_2016Following this lesson plan is an ideal way for your centre to take part in Enviroweek. You’ll be joining thousands of amazing educators and teachers in making a difference and creating positive environmental change. Simply sign in using your Cool Australia login details.

 

EYLF Learning Outcome

Elaborations

Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world

3. Children become socially responsible and show respect for the environment

Outcome 4: Children are involved and confident learners

1. Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity

2. Children develop a range of skills and processes such as problem solving, enquiry, experimentation, hypothesising, researching and investigating

3. Children transfer and adapt what they have learned from one context to another

4. Children resource their own learning through connecting with people, place, technologies and natural and processed materials 

 

Equipment needed: No special equipment is needed, except an outdoor area in which to do the activity. Optional: blanket for children to lie on.

Other resources:

Cool Australia Presents Biodiversity from Cool Australia on Vimeo.

 

Cool Australia would like to acknowledge the support of the Seedlings Early Years Education for Sustainability (EYEfS)  program.)

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

wildchild heroBackground information

Learning goals: The aim of this activity is to provide children with an opportunity to explore nature by developing their auditory and visual awareness skills. Children will begin to develop focusing skills and educators can determine where individuals vary in their knowledge, language and perceptions of colours and sounds.   

Content information: This activity has the participants focusing on the everyday sounds and colours in nature. By encouraging children to stop, be absolutely silent and focus on just two senses one at a time, children build their vocabulary and their awareness that there are many ways to connect with nature.

Concepts and definitions:

  • Nature - the phenomena of the physical world collectively, including plants, animals, the landscape and other features and products of the Earth, as opposed to humans or human creations.
  • Colour - the property possessed by an object of producing different sensations on the eye as a result of the way it re
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