Category Archives: Self-Guided Activities
Want to take your students outdoors and still complete that language arts lesson? Make a nature journal, grab this guide, and go!
Included in this handy little booklet are twenty-four activities to help students engage in observation, description, and writing through first-hand interaction with the natural world. The first section focuses on development of the senses and can be pulled out and used any time of the year. These activities are appropriate for all ages. The second section is geared more towards the writing craft and builds upon itself. These activities are appropriate for later elementary, middle, and secondary students.
Hopefully, these activities inspire you and your students to take the classroom outside. Enjoy your time, and don’t forget your rain jacket!
Plants of all shapes and sizes keep the temperate rainforest of Silver Falls green. Identify some of the most common ones in this self-guided leaf rubbing activity!
Although the activity books contain sketches, photos can be helpful for adults working with children. A plant key for this activity is provided below.
Many of us collected rocks as kids. And some of us still do. I know I hauled thirty pounds of them across the United States when I moved to Oregon six years ago. Some of my favorite rocks are on display throughout my house. Each one brings me back to a special place and time.
This activity is designed to facilitate that passion for rocks in children while incorporating a basic geology lesson. It could work well as part of an earth studies unit or an art or writing lesson. A wonderful book to use as an introduction is Everybody Needs a Rock by Byrd Baylor. Just remember that all rocks found at Silver Falls must stay at Silver Falls for others to enjoy!