In this ABC practice book for beginning readers and writers, students are introduced to some common plants and animals of their schoolyard. While it doesn’t have to be used outside, if you do utilize your schoolyard you can integrate science and observational skills with reading and letter name recognition. And, it’s much more fun. Studies show that students thrive with outside learning time. You can print the page needed for the current letter being studied or print the whole book and compile.
Each page has a simple rhyme, lines formatted for letter printing practice, a space to draw a picture, and a nature question, fact, or tongue twister as an extra challenge for students. An answer key is provided at the end.
There are many other ways to use this book in your classroom:
1. Older elementary students could create and share this book with beginning readers.
2. Students can create food chains with the plants and animals introduced in this book.
3. Recognize rhyme and create more choices.
4. Have older students sort living from nonliving nature (biotic vs. abiotic).
5. Have students ask and research their own nature questions.
6. Older students could compile an alphabetical nature guide of their schoolyard based on all the different plants and animals recorded for each letter.
by Lisa Connors