Thursday, July 9, 2009

Nature Explorer Backpacks

To encourage my urban dwelling students to go outside and explore nature in their free time, I found this cool idea from Acorn Naturalists. It's a thematic backpack loaded with resources for exploration. The first backpack I'm going to make up is a general explorer backpack. It will have a junior field guide book on trees, a magnifier, and a couple specimen cases. There are other backpacks that you can pull together on rocks and minerals, flowers, and birds-- to name a few. Kids will be able to check out the backpack for home use and keep it from Friday to the following Friday. They will then be invited to share their findings with the class with specimens, drawings, and notes from their nature journal.

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