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Stay Connected to Nature

Activity Cards

Elementary

Description

This set of activity cards provides an effective and engaging tool to help connect our youngest learners to the natural world.  Each activity allows students to experience a different aspect of nature unfolding in their immediate surroundings.   The implementation instructions, materials required and time-frame  for completion make these lessons especially easy for teachers and parents to facilitate and students to successfully complete.  While the learning focus/context is nature, attention is paid to building skills and understanding in ELA, visual arts and mathematics.  The resource also offers several entertaining games to support the activity cards.   NOTE: New cards are added on a regular basis.

General Assessment

What skills does this resource explicitly teach?

  • focusing attention
  • visual observation
  • listening
  • managing data (collecting & organizing)
  • writing & recording

Recommendation of how and where to use it

This is a highly engaging and effective means to introduce very young learners to nature.  It will be of special interest to those responsible for learning at home.

Relevant Curriculum Units

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  • Alberta
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    • Kindergarten
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      • Arts
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        • Arts:Art
        • Visual Arts
    • Grade 1
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      • Arts
        • Step 4Relevant matches
        • Arts: Visual Arts
        • Visual Arts
      • Science
        • Step 4Relevant matches
        • Investigating change and the diversity of Earth’s systems helps us to develop understandings of the conditions necessary to sustain life
        • Living Systems: Understandings of the living world, Earth, and space are deepened through investigating natural systems and their interactions.
    • Grade 2
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      • Science
        • Step 4Relevant matches
        • Investigating change and the diversity of Earth’s systems helps us to develop understandings of the conditions necessary to sustain life.
        • Living Systems: Understandings of the living world, Earth, and space are deepened through investigating natural systems and their interactions
    • Grade 3
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      • Science
        • Step 4Relevant matches
        • Exploring connections strengthens our understandings of relationships to help us make meaning of the world.
  • British Columbia
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    • Kindergarten
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      • Science
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        • Science: Plants and animals have observable features
    • Grade 1
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      • Science
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        • Science 1: Living things have features and behaviours that help them survive in their environment
    • Grade 2
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      • Science
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        • Science 2: Living things have life cycles adapted to their environment
    • Grade 3
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      • Science
        • Step 4Relevant matches
        • Science 3: Living things are diverse, can be grouped, and interact in their ecosystems
  • Manitoba
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    • Kindergarten
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      • Science
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        • Colours
    • Grade 1
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      • Arts
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        • Arts: Visual Arts
      • Science
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        • Characteristics and Needs of Living Things
    • Grade 2
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      • Science
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        • Growth and Changes in Animals
    • Grade 3
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      • Science
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        • Growth and Changes in Plants
  • New Brunswick
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    • Kindergarten
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      • Science
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        • You and Your World: Place and Community
      • Visual Art
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        • Visual Arts: Connect
    • Grade 1
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      • Science
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        • You and Your World: Our Environment
    • Grade 2
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      • Science
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        • You and Your World: Growth and Development
    • Grade 3
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      • Science
        • Step 4Relevant matches
        • Science 3.Our Local Environment: Science Technology Society and Environment (STSE)
        • Science 3: Our Local Environment:Scientific Literacy
  • Newfoundland & Labrador
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    • Kindergarten
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      • Science
        • Step 4Relevant matches
        • Exploring My World: Animals
        • Exploring My World: Observing Things Around Us
    • Grade 1
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      • Arts
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        • Arts: Understanding and Connecting Contexts of Time, Place, and Community
      • Science
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        • Needs and Characteristics of Living Things
    • Grade 2
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      • Science
        • Step 4Relevant matches
        • Animal Growth and Changes
    • Grade 3
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      • Science
        • Step 4Relevant matches
        • Plant Growth & Changes
  • Northwest Territories
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    • Kindergarten
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      • Science
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        • Life Systems: Senses & the Body
    • Grade 1
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      • Arts
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        • Arts Education 1: Visual Art
      • Science
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        • Life Systems: Characteristics and Needs of Living Things
    • Grade 2
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      • Science
        • Step 4Relevant matches
        • Life Science: Growth and Changes in Animals
    • Grade 3
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      • Science
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        • Life Systems: Growth and Changes in Plants
  • Nova Scotia
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    • Kindergarten
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      • Science
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        • Primary Science: Living Things
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      • Science
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        • Science 1: Living Things and the Environment
    • Grade 2
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      • Science
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        • Science 2: Animal Growth
    • Grade 3
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      • Science
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        • Science 3: Plants
  • Nunavut
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    • Kindergarten
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      • Arts
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        • Arts: Exploring Our World
      • Science
        • Step 4Relevant matches
        • Life Systems: Senses & the Body
    • Grade 1
      • Step 3Select a subject
      • Science
        • Step 4Relevant matches
        • Life Systems: Characteristics and Needs of Living Things
    • Grade 2
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      • Science
        • Step 4Relevant matches
        • Life Science: Growth and Changes in Animals
    • Grade 3
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      • Science
        • Step 4Relevant matches
        • Life Systems: Growth and Changes in Plants
  • Ontario
  • Prince Edward Island
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    • Kindergarten
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      • Science
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        • Exploring the World Using Our Senses
    • Grade 1
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      • Science
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        • Needs and Characteristics of Living Things
    • Grade 2
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      • Science
        • Step 4Relevant matches
        • Animal Growth and Changes:Investigating the Needs and Life Cycles of an Organism
    • Grade 3
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      • Science
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        • Plant Growth & Changes
  • Quebec
  • Saskatchewan
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    • Kindergarten
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      • Arts
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        • Arts: Exploring Our World
      • Science
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        • Units & Outcomes
    • Grade 1
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      • Science
        • Step 4Relevant matches
        • Needs & Characteristics of Living Things
    • Grade 3
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      • Science
        • Step 4Relevant matches
        • Plant Growth and Changes
  • Yukon Territory
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    • Kindergarten
      • Step 3Select a subject
      • Science
        • Step 4Relevant matches
        • Science: Plants and animals have observable features
    • Grade 1
      • Step 3Select a subject
      • Science
        • Step 4Relevant matches
        • Science 1: Living things have features and behaviours that help them survive in their environment
    • Grade 2
      • Step 3Select a subject
      • Science
        • Step 4Relevant matches
        • Science 2: Living things have life cycles adapted to their environment
    • Grade 3
      • Step 3Select a subject
      • Science
        • Step 4Relevant matches
        • Science 3: Living things are diverse, can be grouped, and interact in their ecosystems

Themes Addressed

  • Ecosystems (3)

    • Appreciating the Natural World
    • Biodiversity
    • Interdependence