Kids Niche Feature: Kinnikinnick First Grade

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Each week we'll feature glimpses into what happens in and out of our classrooms here at school! These will include lessons, activities, centers, and saunters from both our day school and Kids Niche programs.

Today's feature: Kinnikinnick's Sunny Saunter to Bugbee Nature Preserve.

On a rare sunny February day, the Kinnikinnicks sauntered to Bugbee Nature Preserve to do some nature journaling. After having snack and playing by the river (which included jumping on ground-cover ice to break it, sliding like penguins, and playing tag) we wandered to a large downed tree in a particularly sunny patch. We took out nature journals and found a partner. The instructions were to sit back-to-back and while one person focused in on something they saw and described it in as much detail as possible, the other would draw about what they heard their partner describing. Then switch! The results were sketches of trees, birds, pine needles, and each other!

Learning objectives:

  • Foster curiosity about the natural world including niches and habitats
  • Explore our place; discover an area you haven’t been to before 
  • Search for details in what you see and use describing words to illustrate
  • Use creativity and imagination to interpret a peer’s words and create an image
 Bark mask!

Bark mask!

 Sitting back-to-back, using describing words, pencils, and nature journals.

Sitting back-to-back, using describing words, pencils, and nature journals.

 The results! 

The results!