Outdoor Learning Activities

Instructor: David Wood

David has taught Honors Physics, AP Physics, IB Physics and general science courses. He has a Masters in Education, and a Bachelors in Physics.

Young students don't have to stay indoors to learn. Taking the classroom outside can provide great opportunities for learning activities. Try a few of these engaging outdoor activities for yourself.

Outdoor Learning Activities

When kids spend so much of the time stuck indoors, learning in a traditional classroom, any break from the norm can have a hugely positive impact on engagement. But getting outside has a lot of other benefits as well. It's a chance to appreciate and better understand nature, an opportunity to get some exercise, and a great way of creating a multi-sensory experience. Here are some ideas for outdoor learning activities you could try with your students.

Nature Journal

A nature journal is a great way to encourage students to pay attention to the world around them. Students can walk through a forest, or sit down in a particular spot and observe what they see around them. They can write down everything they see, and have a particular place to note down the species of plants and animals they notice. You can give them nature guides to help them identify the species they find. They can even draw sketches, note down scientific phenomena they want to investigate, and look for things that might inspire future art projects, as well as consider the geographical land-use in the area they're exploring. Walking through nature can be a great way to create these kinds of interdisciplinary learning opportunities.

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