Lesson 8: My Environment

Day 2

Activity 4: Seasons in My Environment

Materials: brass brad, colored pencils or markers, paper plate, scissors
Give your child the page called "Seasons in my Environment." Ask your child to label the four seasons on the wheel in the order that they occur. Then ask her to draw a picture of her home and yard at the different seasons of the year found on the wheel. This wheel will show how her environment changes with the seasons.

When she finishes the wheel, give her a paper plate around the same size as the wheel. Ask your child to cut out 1/4 of the plate off at the upper right corner. Attach the wheel to the back of the paper plate using a brass brad. Your child can turn the wheel to see the seasons of her environment and watch them change.

Activity 5: Temperature in My Environment

Materials: ruler
Go on the Internet and find the average monthly temperature for your area (in degrees Fahrenheit). A great place to start is by doing an Internet search for "average monthly temperature in [your state]." If you can't find this information, make a list of the approximate temperature in your area for each month. Give your child the "Temperature in My Environment" page and ask her to give the graph a title, label the x and y axes, and record the months of the year under the x axis. Then she can graph the temperature of her environment over the year, making a line graph. Review the fact that line graphs show change over time.

When she has completed her graph, she can answer the questions at the bottom of the page.

Note: To make this activity more challenging, give your child a blank piece of graph paper and let her create her own temperature graph.

Activity 6: Nature Walk and Cinquain Nature Poem

Tell your child that today the two of you will go on a nature walk. Before you go on the walk, ask your child to give you a weather forecast and discuss what type of clothing would be appropriate for the walk. Then ask your child to give you the date and the current season. Go on a nature walk with your child. Spend time looking closely at plants, animals, and insects you find along the way. Look for ways the environment has changed or is changing. Discuss whether the changes are natural or are caused by humans.

When you return to the house, ask your child to write a poem about her walk and time spent in nature. Choose one of the following options.

Option 1

This option will provide a structure for the nature poem called a cinquain. A cinquain poem is one in which each line has a set number of words — 1,2,3,4, and 1. Sometimes, this will be a bit different — 2,4,6,8, and 2. Share the example on the page, "Cinquain Nature Poem," and then let her write her own poem.

Option 2

For this option your child can write and illustrate a free verse poem about her nature walk.