A Note to Kids from Clare
How to Be a Naturalist
Finding Nature Wherever You Are
Learning the Sky
Its Cycles and Seasons
A Month-by-Month Guide
A Special Note to Parents and Teachers
Safety in Nature
How to Use Nature Journals in Your Teaching
Using This Book to Meet State Curriculum Standards
Bibliography and Suggested Reading
Excerpt from How to be a Naturalist, page 11
Setting Up Your Nature Journal Notes
I've included many different types of journal pages throughout this book. You can use any or all of them, or make up your own to suit your style of study. A good entry includes information on when, where, what, and why. It should also have questions, drawings, and sometimes objects collected from your observations.
Whatever format you chose, here are some suggested points to note and questions to ask:
Describe what you see with as much detail as possible.
- What am I looking at?
- What is it doing?
- How does it move, sound, smell, even feel or taste, if appropriate?
Think about connections.
- Why is this (animal, plant, rock formation) here?
- What else is living nearby?
- How can it live in this place or how did it come to be here?
Consider the big picture.
- What can I learn from it?
- How does it relate to my world?
- What more would I like to learn about this?