Nature Study To Go

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Just a few essentials, and we’re ready to head outside for some hands-on science and nature study.

The boys each have a bag, which holds:

  • their nature journals
  • plastic storage bags
  • magnifying glass
  • scissors
  • pencils
  • sharpener
  • glue stick
  • tape
  • a field guide or two

The contents vary at times, but having a few basics gathered in one place makes it easy to grab and go when we feel like taking our classroom outside.

Nature Study in a Bag

NATURE STUDY TO GO #naturestudy #homeschool mylearningtable.com

We have inexpensive mesh bags, which are actually beach bags, so if they get dirty, muddy, or dipped in creek water, they’re easy to rinse off.
NATURE STUDY TO GO #naturestudy #homeschool mylearningtable.com

The boys include photographs, writing, drawing, clippings, specimens, lab notes, and more in their notebooks. Their styles have changed over the years to reflect their interests and abilities.
NATURE STUDY TO GO #naturestudy #homeschool mylearningtable.com

I don’t “grade” or “correct” these journals–I feel that they are perfect just the way they are. But, they are an important element to our science curriculum for all grade levels.

Now, the boys will see something and say, “I’m going to run get my bag so I can draw it.” I just love that.
NATURE STUDY TO GO #naturestudy #homeschool mylearningtable.com

5 Ways We Nature Journal

NATURE STUDY TO GO #naturestudy #homeschool mylearningtable.com

NATURE STUDY TO GO #naturestudy #homeschool mylearningtable.com

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Comments (6)

  1. Lori Hill-Smith

    Fun idea! I have a 9th grade student and a preschooler this upcoming year. I think we’ll try this!

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    1. Anne Campbell (Post author)

      Sounds like a fun age span. I’m teaching an early elementary student and two high schoolers this year. Time sure does fly!

      Reply
  2. Meagan

    This is perfect! I love the idea of a nature journal. So many benefits to this. Definitely sharing with our families and students. Love it!

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    1. Anne Campbell (Post author)

      Thanks so much, Meagan!

      Reply
  3. adrian

    That’s a great idea to help kids learn the science in a fun and interactive way.

    Reply
  4. Adrienne

    My boys would have flipped out for this when they were little. What a great idea. Thanks for sharing.

    Reply

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