This short citizen-science and STEAM lesson begins the ritual process of observing and graphing each day’s weather as well as plant and animal happenings. This way, as time goes on, your students will be able to see patterns in the seasons and related biological events in and around their schoolyard. The data they gather each day is saved and interpreted later by applying math, especially graphing. The whole experience incites questioning and inspires ideas for outdoor improvement projects such as growing a wildflower garden to attract butterflies and beetles or a water feature to attract birds and other small animals. Like all our lessons, it is built on the Framework for K-12 science education.
In addition to a detailed lesson plan you get two artist-drawn data tables to copy and use all year. On one your kids record the weather and on the other the plants and animals they see. We also give you filled-in samples of both tables to show you how to easily and quickly record the data. Plus, there's a nature journal sheet that you can copy for your kids to write and draw about their own outdoor observations.
Best of all, this lesson gets you and your kids tuned in to the local outdoor environment at least briefly every day! And, the information they gather from their daily nature data might even help clear up any confusion about what causes local weather and its effects . . . did you know that lots of kiddos think that's the weatherman's job?!
You can use this single lesson on its own or as the first part of our Nature Project Bundle! Want the whole 3-5th grade Biodiversity PEEK STEAM curricula and kits? Go to www.biodiversitypeek.org