Quick summary: Students use their observation skills in a structured way to explore our environment. In this activity your class will explore some of the amazing colours, shapes, patterns and textures that can be found in nature. The class will take a walk around the school or a nearby park, spotting as many colours as they can, observing the different shapes and patterns found along the walk, and feeling the different textures of a variety of objects along the walk. This activity is adapted from Sharing Nature with Children.*
We’ve taken elements of this lesson and adapted them for remote learning. You can find this activity here.
- Using observation skills and the senses, students describe, compare and sort colours, shapes, textures and pattern of natural objects.
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 1 Mathematics
- Recognise and classify familiar two-dimensional shapes and three-dimensional objects using obvious features (ACMMG022)
- Measure and compare the lengths and capacities of pairs of objects using uniform informal units (ACMMG019)
Year 1 Science
- Use a range of methods to sort information, including drawings and provided tables (ACSIS027)
Year 2 Mathematics
- Compare and order several shapes and objects based on length, area, volume and capacity using appropriate uniform informal units (ACMMG037)
- Describe the features of three-dimensional objects (ACMMG043)
Year 2 Science
- Use a range of methods to sort information, including drawings and provided tables (ACSIS040)
Syllabus Outcomes: ST1-4WS, MA1‑1WM, MA1‑2WM, MA1‑3WM, MA1-9MG, MA1-10MG, MA1-11MG, MA1-14MG, MA1-15MG.
Year levels: 1 and 2
Indoor or outdoor activity: Outdoor
Time required: 30 mins
Learning areas addressed: Science.
Resources required: One average size shopping bag.
Keywords: see, think, hear, feel, senses, nature, biodiversity.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.
* Joseph Cornell, 1998, Sharing Nature with Children, California, Dawn Publications.