Birds, Bugs, and Butterflies: Science Lessons for Your Outdoor Classroomby: Steve Rich

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Among the wild animals that may travel through a school yard, birds, bugs, and butterflies are the most common—the focus of most of the lessons in this chapter. It offers a variety of activities to allow you to “tame” the wildlife to help you teach. Instructions for each lesson are presented first to help you make the most of each handout. This free selection includes the Table of Contents, Introduction, Correlations to the National Science Education Standards, and the Index.

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  • on Fri Dec 11, 2015 12:48 AM

This is a great resource for teachers who want to have their students doing hands-on activities by exploring science concepts nearby, like in their school playground. Students should be engaging in inquiry and investigating the natural world, and this is a great way for them to do it!

Laura  (San Diego, CA)
Laura (San Diego, CA)

  • on Tue May 03, 2011 8:22 PM

Taking a cue from Last Child in the Woods, Steven Rich builds on the concept of nature-deficit disorder to devise inquiry that connects student understanding of science through investigations in the natural world as observable in the outdoor learning environments that are accessible to schools located in urban, suburban, and rural locations. The book suggests content for both physical and life sciences and the activities are appropriate for all classrooms. Chapter 3, Birds, Bugs, and Butterflies, guides teachers through the process of assessing the school yard and environs to lean if they provide the basic needs of all animals –food, water, shelter, and space to rear young. It also suggests ways to modify the schoolyard environment to meet these needs in uncomplicated and relatively inexpensive ways. Suggested surveys and inquiry that build upon one another are offered. The design of these lessons aim to empower students to observe, record and analyze data; procedures and tips are disc

Patricia  (Arlington, VA)
Patricia (Arlington, VA)

  • on Wed Jan 12, 2011 9:25 AM

I really enjoyed this article a lot. Great for elementary and middle school. I have several projects during the year dealing with insects which makes this article that more helpful.

Dat Le  (Springfield, VA)
Dat Le (Springfield, VA)

  • on Thu Jun 09, 2011 12:48 PM

The ultimate tresource has to be a book of ideas that cost little or nothing. This book has excellent lessons that cost nothing and some that would be hard to pay for a class every time you complete another lesson. The time for some lessons are more than a day and the caterpillars get too big by then. I would like to see the WHOLE book to give more complete review.

Andrius Vitkus  (Sarasota, FL)
Andrius Vitkus (Sarasota, FL)

  • on Sat Apr 09, 2011 5:39 PM

The book chapter demonstrates how to use near by resources (like school ground playground) to teach several science concepts. Great for elementary and middle school students.

Susan German  (Hallsville, MO)
Susan German (Hallsville, MO)

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