Ms. Pat's Nature Club

Ms. Pat's Nature Club is a blog for anyone who is a nature nut and loves nature, no matter what age you are. I hope you will let me know what you think and give me feedback. I love to hear from my friends!

"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better."
-Albert Einstein

"Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you."
-Frank Lloyd Wright

"Treat the earth well. It was not given to you by your parents, It was loaned to you by your children"

-Native American proverb

"Teaching children about the natural world should be treated as one of the most important events in their lives."

-Thomas Berry, Dream of the Earth

"If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, the excitement and mystery of the world we live in."
-Rachel Carson, A Sense of Wonder

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Nature Club, January 25,26,27

This week in Nature Club, we started out learning about snow and ice as weather, but ended up really learning about the seasons. The name of the lesson was What's Up with the Weather? As we began talking, I realized that they wanted to talk about all the seasons. I read books called "Seasons of the Year" by Margaret Hall and "Snow" by Helen Frost (great name, huh?). By Thursday we ended up talking more about the pattern of seasons and also on Thursday we talked about fog because with the weather a little warmer, there has been a lot of fog. Then we drew snow pictures. I was impressed with how they thought to draw icicles and blizzards.
This is a perfect example of what we call a "teachable moment," where you scrap your other plans and teach about what the kids are really interested in!

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