I designed these nature walks to give fourth, fifth, and sixth graders field experience with the concepts being taught in Earth, Life, and Physical Science. My students were fortunate to have woods, trails, and a creek so near their school building that parent permission slips were not necessary. They are also good to use as an “icebreaker” to begin discussions about the “Big Questions” of Earth, Life, and Physical Science.
Nature Walk #1 has the students applying the concepts of quantitative and qualitative observations as the teacher takes them for a walk around the school's property. The purpose is to help the students answer the "Big Question": What is it that scientists do?