What is Nature? - Lesson for Kids

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  • 0:04 Nature Is Everywhere
  • 0:31 Using Your Five Senses
  • 1:11 Living Things in Nature
  • 1:44 Non-Living Things in Nature
  • 2:22 Lesson Summary
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Instructor: Rayna Cummings

Rayna has taught Elementary Education for 12 years (in both 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades) and holds a M.Ed in Early Childhood Education from The Ohio State University

Did you know that when you are playing outside, you are in nature? In this lesson, you will learn what nature is, how to use your body to identify nature, and discover that nature is all around you.

Nature is Everywhere

Close your eyes and imagine that you're outside. What can you see, hear, smell, and touch? Can you see the hills and trees? Can you hear the birds and wind blowing? Can you smell the flowers blooming near you? Can you touch the soft grass on your feet or feel the air against your face?

Everything you just saw in your mind is called nature. Nature is the physical world and everything in it that's not made by people.

Nature
Nature

Using Your Five Senses

Using the five senses of your body helps you discover and learn what nature is. The five senses of your body are seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, and touching. By using these five senses, you can identify all the types of nature around you.

Seeing, hearing, smelling, and touching were talked about earlier in this lesson when you imagined that you were outside, and examples of these were given. However, can you taste nature?

Apples are just one example of nature you can eat.
Apple

If you 've ever eaten an apple, you have tasted nature. You actually eat many types of nature. Fruits, vegetables (yes, even the yucky broccoli), and nuts are all examples of nature that you can eat.

Living Things in Nature

Nature is not only what you imagined being outside in your yard. It's so much more! Have you ever been to the state's zoo? All the animals you see in the zoo are nature, such as lions, tigers, bears, penguins, snakes, and elephants.

Living things in nature seen at the zoo
Living things in nature

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