In nature, things can change so gradually we don’t notice. Suddenly, a bare tree might be covered in blossom, or have its green leaves turn orange. By choosing a tree to check in with every day, and draw what you observe, you will start to see how the gradual changes can be predicted.
This is a good activity for kids to complete independently.
Ideal for: Middle to Upper Primary Ages 7 – 12
- fresh air
- be creative
Time required: 10 minutes a day
Curriculum connections: Science, HASS, Mathematics, The Arts, Sustainability
Spending time observing nature and all its interactions gives kids a greater appreciation for the environment they live in, and creates a desire to help protect it.
- Year 3: ACSSU044, ACSIS054, ACSIS215, ACMSP068
- Year 4: ACSSU073, ACSIS065, ACSIS216, ACMSP095
- Year 5: ACMSP118
Complete lesson for classroom teachers:
- Access to outdoors
- Adopt a tree data collection sheet
- Pencils and paper
Learning@Home from Cool Australia
Learning@Home resources are designed for parents and teachers to use with children in the home environment. They can be used as stand-alone activities or built into existing curriculum-aligned learning programs. Our Learning@Home series includes two types of resources. The first are fun and challenging real-world activities for all ages, the second are self-directed lessons for upper primary and secondary students. These lessons support independent learning in remote or school settings.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.