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The Nature Connection

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Help your children become "nature detectives" with this delightful workbook. Step outside and look around! You'll notice many curious things you never knew were happening, no matter where you live. Full of fun ideas for what to look for and do every month of the year and with plenty of room to record what you find.

  • 2011 Teachers' Choice Award from Learning Magazine
  • Learn how to find nature wherever you are
  • Month-by-month guide to exploring the outdoors
  • Learning the Sky in cycles and seasons
  • Also covers safety in nature, suggested reading and teacher resources
  • Leslie, 7-1/4"x9", 303 pp.

A Note to Kids from Clare

Part One
How to Be a Naturalist

Finding Nature Wherever You Are

Part Two
Learning the Sky

Its Cycles and Seasons

Part Three
Exploring Nature

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
Other Resources


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?

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