Plan and construct a manipulative project related to what you saw, learned, and experienced at Outdoor Education. Be sure to have in mind a specific concept you want to teach. We will set up our nature lab and invite 4th graders in so you can give them your lesson through this project.
Nature lab projects will be assessed on the following criteria:
- Neatly constructed.
- Demonstrates idea or concept.
- Use of natural materials/specimens.
- Well-labeled – title, directions, etc.
- Informative – relays facts, captions, answer key.
- Interesting – attractive to others.
- Use of pictures or drawings.
Tic-Tac-Toe Match Up
Needed: Poster board and 9 or more cards.
Divide the board into 9 squares. Put facts, pictures, drawings, names, etc. on the board and on cards to be matched up in tic-tac-toe game. Answers can be on back of each card or under a flap on the board.
Needed: A cardboard box with an open back, socks or plastic bags, and nature objects to be put inside the box.
Cut two 4- to 4.5-inch diameter holes in the front of the box. Attach socks or baggies to the rim of the holes on the inside of box. Put the nature objects inside the box. Write some questions on the front of the box to stimulate student thoughts. You may also want to create cards with details or facts about the items in the feely box.
Yes-No Identification Flow Chart
Needed: Poster board and specimens such as rocks, leaves, or pictures or models of animals and plants.
Think of a series of yes-no questions to describe your specimens. If you use several related objects, you can make your series longer. Be sure to show the answers at the bottom of chart. You might want to have specimens glued on the board, in Ziploc baggies, or displayed as pictures or models.
Other Match-Up Projects
A letter is used to represent each specimen. A picture of the plant or animal that matches the specimen is shown on a flap of paper attached to a poster board. Lifting the flap reveals the specimen letter that matches the picture. Also, cards with questions, names, etc. can be matched in this way.
Questions and Specimens in Ziploc Baggies
Attach specimens in baggies to a poster board. Under the baggies, print the identity of the specimen and facts pertaining to the specimen. Students lift the baggies to reveal the answers. The pictures can be matched by facts represented by letters or on cards. Match pictures and specimens like a concentration game.
Factual Photo Display (Mural or Specimen Display)
Show a scene including a factual object in it. Can have captions, questions, facts, names, etc.
A mural in a box.
Drawn large or to scale. Use specimens when possible.
Show an area or community. Put in pictures or specimens found in this habitat. Label each item.
Artifact Manipulation Display
Observe, feel, or move objects to answer questions about them. It's fun to find 'real' things to use as part of your display.
Needed: 2 cardboard wheels, 1 large poster board, and 2 metal brads.
Use brads to attach cardboard wheels to poster board. Make sure that the wheels extend beyond the edge of the board. Cut a hole in the center of the board. Draw items to be matched on each wheel. Turn the wheels to find the correct match.
Examples: Trees to leaves, animals to babies, animals to homes, plants to habitats, etc.
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