Start your year with this creative writing activity which uses the sights and sounds of nature to inspire poetry and narrative writing. Students will write what they hear, see, feel and wonder about the field trip and then use it to compose a poem and a story. The poems and/or stories can then be turned into a digital story if you want to take it a step further. I’ve included a step by step lesson plan, visuals, graphic organizers and the nature sounds link with directions on which sounds I used with my class. This can be used with any elementary grade level, but you may have to adapt the writing for kindergarten and first grade to a whole group write aloud (depending on the abilities of your students). Meets CCSS (Anchor Standards) W.3-6, W.10, SL.6, L.1-2.