Author:
Sandy Benton, Jeanette Rydberg
Subject:
Early Learning, Environmental Literacy and Sustainability, Library and Information Science
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Level:
Lower Primary
Tags:
  • Connectexploreengage
  • Environmental Education
  • Inquiry-based Education
  • Inquiry-based Instruction
  • Inquiry-based Learning
  • Nature Journaling
  • Observation
  • Phenology
  • Place-based Learning
  • Seasonal Change
  • License:
    Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike
    Language:
    English

    Education Standards

    Nature Journaling in Grades K-2

    Overview

    Content Area(s):Environmental Literacy

    Wisconsin Standards for Environmental Literacy and Sustainability Addressed:

    ELS.C1: Students develop and connect with their sense of place and well-being through observation, exploration, and questioning.

    Context: Individual children participated in observing nature outside the public library (or online or natural exhibits inside the library). 

    Observation Experiences:

    1) Daffodils

    2) Painted Lady Caterpillars and Butterflies

    3) Tree frogs

    4) Mosquitoes

    5) One Square Foot Observations

    Nature Journaling in Grades K-2

    Author: Jeanette Rydberg, Youth and Adult Services Librarian, Thomas St. Angelo Public Library of Cumberland, Cumberland, WI

    Unit Title: Nature Journaling in Grades K-2

    Grade Level: K-2

    Content Area(s):Environmental Literacy

    Wisconsin Standards for Environmental Literacy and Sustainability Addressed:

    ELS.C1: Students develop and connect with their sense of place and well-being through observation, exploration, and questioning.

    Context: Individual children participated in observing nature outside the public library (or online or natural exhibits inside the library). 

    Observation Experiences:

    1. Daffodils: Two daffodils were measured, sketched-zoom in/ zoom out, notes of" I notice, I wonder, it reminds me of"...., date, time, and temp. logged. An iconic symbol of spring in this area, discussion topics could include emotional responses, other signs of seasonal change, wild or planted perrenials, birds and insects that are attracted to these flowers.

    2. Painted Lady Butterfly caterpillars: Caterpillars in a jar were observed, sketched-zoom in/zoom out, notes of " I notice,  I wonder, it reminds me of...", date, time, location logged. This is an inside preview for caterpillar observation and promotion of growing pollinator plants. Future sessions will visit the library's native plant garden.

    3. Uno, the library resident tree frog: Uno was observed, sketched-zoom in/zoom out, notes of "I notice", I wonder, it reminds me of...", date, time, temp. in the tank logged.  Uno brings a lot of joy to many library patrons daily. His/her "smile" and seemly connectedness to people is a wonder. All ages can learn about habitat, caring for and appreciating Uno and wild amphibians.

    4. YouTube video-PBS "Deep Look-How mosquitoes use six needles to suck your blood":  The video should be viewed multiple times, then sketched, noting zoom in/zoom out details and "I notice, I wonder, it reminds me of... This is a very relatable topic for our area, much discussion could follow about personal experiences, questions about repellants, environmental measures, and mosquito predators. 

    5. Observation and journaling of a one foot square of grass at the library. One square foot was taped off. With magnifying glass and ruler, observation was made of colors, shapes, and sizes of what was living in this space. This activity may activate discussion of comparism, diversity, and multiple future directions of study.   

    This project has exponentially expanded my observation of nature. I am excited to share my enthusiasm for habitat, living organisms, and our role in our environment with others AND include art!

    With each nature journaling session I will have a variety of books on display to match our subject or experience.  We are encouraging patrons to join in citizen science projects on a national level, as well.