Nature Spies

Science

Children will go on a nature walk and record and discuss their observations.

What You Need

What to Do

  1. Tell children that you are going to teach them how to be nature spies. Explain to them that the first thing a good nature spy must learn to do is to observe carefully. The next thing a nature spy must do is remember what he or she sees.
  2. Take children on a nature walk. Have children work with a partner or in small groups.
  3. Each time you take children on a nature walk, have them focus on one particular feature of nature, such as flowers, trees, or insects.
  4. Have each group of children choose something to observe. They are to remember three things about each object they observe, such as its color, its size, whether or not it makes a noise, where they see it, and so on. You may want to allow children to use a magnifying glass to observe the object more closely.
  5. When you return to the classroom, have children take turns discussing their observations while you record them on chart paper.