Home School Years

Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Wildlife Observation

Related Posts:

Recommended Books:

  • The Birdwatchers by Simon James
  • Our Yard Is Full Of Birds by Anne F. Rockwell
  • Birdsongs by Betsy Franco
  • Wild Birds by Joanne Ryder
  • Bug Safari by Bob Barner
  • I Took A Walk by Henry Cole
  • Quiet In The Garden by Aliki
  • Take Along Guides series by Diane Burns and Mel Boring
  • Look Closer: An Introduction To Bug-Watching by Gay W. Holland

Lesson Ideas:

Define Wildlife ~ Wildlife refers to spiders, insects, reptiles, amphibians, most fish, birds, mammals and plants. Discuss the various classifications of wildlife then conduct an observation activity.

Take A Nature Walk ~ Go on a nature walk to observe the wildlife around (plants and animals). If available, take a guided tour to learn more about the environment you are visiting. As you make observations (eyes, ears, with binoculars or magnifying glass), see if you can identify the specific wildlife and their habitat or tracks.

Habitat Needs ~ Visit a natural habitat and observe the natural wildlife there. As you explore, see if you can identify the five habitat needs within it: air, water, food, shelter and space.

Keep A Journal ~ Make/Keep a journal of your observations. You can include notes, photos, samples and data.

Follow The Ants ~ Debi, from Go Explore Nature Blog, has a great activity idea for this theme.

Tally & Graph ~ Fellow blogger and nature lover Finn from The Naturephile Blog posted about his bird-watching and it gave me a great idea for a similar lesson. I decided to follow his tally concept but also add a graphing element to it. I facilitated a lesson on the various birds common to our area, specifically those who visit our bird feeder and the trees around our home. We talked about their characteristics, names, songs/calls and type (perching bird vs. non-perching bird). I then created a tally sheet for my son to use during our observation. We dedicated a block of time to observing them and my son tallied as he observed. I then used his tally sheet to develop a graph template and my son had to graph the appropriate numbers based on his tally sheet data. It was a great way to blend science and math in a fun activity. These are my son’s completed bird tally and completed bird graph sheets from our bird watching exercise.


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This entry was posted on April 14, 2013 by in Nature, Science and tagged , , , , .
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