Mathematics - Just Add Nature!

Posted by Canadian Wildlife Federation | Fédération canadienne de la faune on 8 Feb 2024

Nature provides real-world applications for mathematical concepts that not only enhance students' numeracy skills, but also foster a deeper appreciation of the subject. Whether its patterns, geometry, or modelling, nature provides a wealth of opportunity for mathematical learning!

Check out our tips below and dive into our Online Learning Library for some lesson plans and activities to get you started in integrating nature-based learning into your next mathematics lesson!

  • Measuring with Natural Objects -  Use natural materials like twigs, leaves or rocks for hands-on calculation and measurement activities. Students can compare the lengths of different twigs, measure the circumference of tree trunks using string, or use rocks to practices their addition, subtraction, multiplication and division skills.
    • Geometry - Take students outside to explore geometric shapes and patterns in nature. Get them to identify and measure angles in tree branches, study the symmetry of flowers, or even calculate the volume of a puddle. For younger students, you can conduct an outdoor shape hunt where students seek out and identify different shapes in nature (e.g., tree rings as circles, leaves as triangles, etc.).
    • Data Collection and Analysis - Encourage students to collect data through real-world observation. This could include measuring and tracking precipitation, observing birds visiting a bird feeder, or monitoring plant growth in a school garden. They can then use this data to create graphs, analyze trends, and make predictions, reinforcing concepts of statistics and probability.
    • Fibonacci Sequence in Nature - Introduce students to the Fibonacci sequence and its prevalence in nature, such as in the arrangement of leaves on a stem, the spirals of a pinecone, or the petals of a flower. This can spark discussions about sequences, ratios and exponential growth.
    • Real-world Math Problems - Create real-world math problems that get students involved in applying their math skills, such as calculating the rate of water flow in a river, determining the area of a garden bed, or estimating the height of a tree using shadow lengths and angles. This is a great way to make math more engaging and relevant to students!

    Social Studies - Just Add Nature!

    Posted by Canadian Wildlife Federation | Fédération canadienne de la faune on 18 Jan 2024

    Ready to flip the script on your social studies class? Dive into history, culture and geography through environmental education and nature-based learning! Enhance the curriculum with hands-on activities and experiences that take learning beyond the classroom and encourage students to examine their relationship with the world around them. 

    Check out our tips to spark your imagination and inspire you to integrate environmental and outdoor education into your next social studies lesson!

    • Outdoor Debates and Discussions - Take debates and discussions beyond the classroom walls by hosting them outdoors! The natural setting provides a refreshing backdrop for lively discussion and encourages students to connect their arguments with the broader environment.
    • Nature Journaling - Integrate nature journaling into your social studies curriculum. Encourage students to keep journals documenting their observations and reflections on topics while surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature.
    • Outdoor History Walks - Take your social studies class outdoors with guided history walks around the school grounds or local community. Explore historical landmarks, discuss their significance and let students uncover the past in a tangible way.
    • Geographical Treasure Hunts - Spice up your geography lessons by organizing an outdoor treasure hunt that requires students to navigate and map their surroundings. Incorporate clues and landmarks, turning the outdoor space into an interactive geography lesson! This hands-on approach not only enhances map-reading skills but also deepens their understanding of the geographical features in their area.
    • Community Service Projects - Connect social studies with environmental stewardship through community service projects. Whether its conducting a community clean-up, planting a school garden, or creating community art to raise awareness about a topic or issue, students can actively contribute to their community and strengthen their civic engagement by taking part in projects that have real-world impact.

    Language Arts - Just Add Nature!

    Posted by Canadian Wildlife Federation | Fédération canadienne de la faune on 7 Nov 2023

    Nature can bring the language arts curriculum to life! Not only can nature act as a source of inspiration for writing, including stories and poetry, but it also provides opportunities for observation, inquiry and key skill development.

    Language arts teaches us how to communicate, how to interpret the world around us, how to work together to solve problems, and how  to capture, record and share information and ideas with others.

    By infusing nature-base learning into language arts, we can foster literacy while inspiring a deeper connection and appreciation for the environment!

    Check out the tips below for some easy ways to integrate environmental and outdoor education into your next language arts lesson!

    For Early Years and Elementary

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    Science - Just Add Nature!

    Posted by Canadian Wildlife Federation | Fédération canadienne de la faune on 13 Oct 2023

    Pairing science with nature-based education? Now that’s a winning combination!

    Science helps us better understand the natural world around us! Through science, we ask questions and seek answers to grow our collective knowledge.

    Nature-based learning provides an amazing gateway for real-world problem-solving, research and critical thinking – all key skills in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.

    Check out the tips below for some easy ways to integrate environmental and outdoors education into your next science lesson!

    For Early Years and Elementary

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    2023/2024 School Year

    Posted by Canadian Wildlife Federation | Fédération canadienne de la faune on 7 Sep 2023

    Recipes for Transformative Education

    Take your standard curriculum, fold in some experiential learning, add a generous helping of nature and you’ve got a recipe for education that has the power to inspire and transform!

    This school year bring your classroom to life by incorporating nature-based learning into your teaching practice! From science to math, arts to social studies, follow along with us as we share our “recipes for success” each month. All you need to do is add nature!

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    What’s coming up this year?

    • October 2023 | Science
    • November 2023 | Language Arts
    • December 2023 | Winter Break
    • January 2024 | Social Studies
    • February 2024 | Mathematics
    • March 2024 | Spring Break
    • April 2024 | Arts
    • May 2024 | Health & Physical Education
    • June 2024 | Summer Break

    In the meantime, check out our Online Resource Library to discover a wide array of educational content, including lesson plans, factsheets, projects and videos!

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    Posted by Michael Furdyk on 7 Sep 2023

    Here you will find a wide range of educational resources, lesson plans, videos, and hands-on projects to help you teach students of all ages about wildlife and habitat conservation. You can also browse our teaching tools to find Resources and Videos that meet your individual teaching needs.