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TCNJ Lesson Plan

Schoolyard Safari

Student Name: Maria Matthews

Grade Level: Grade 1

Guiding and/or Essential Questions:

How are the five senses used when exploring nature?
What elements in nature can you see, hear, touch, smell, and taste?
Why is it important that we care for the Earth?

Pre-lesson Assignments and/or Student Prior Knowledge (ex. background knowledge,

possible misconceptions, prior lesson content)
Students will be familiar with the five senses. Students will know what is on the Earth.

Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses.

Learning Objectives and Assessments:

Learning Objectives Assessment

Students will identify examples I will assess for accurate checks of examples of elements
of how they use their five that students smell, hear, and see around the field of
senses when observing and Hopewell Elementary School. I will assess for verbal
exploring nature. participation of what students smelled, heard, and/ or saw.

Materials/Resources:(List materials, include any online or book references and resources)

-A Journey Through Nature by Steve Parker
-23 pencils
-23 Schoolyard Safari worksheets
-23 Windspark poem worksheets
-23 clipboards
-23 gloves

Plan for set-up/distribution/cleanup of materials:

I will hand out the Safari Schoolyard worksheets to each student once we are outside.

Step by Step plan (numbered):

1. Students will be called to carpet by table. I will introduce the unit to the class. “For the next
two weeks, Miss Chernati and I are going to be teaching lessons about caring and appreciating
the Earth. Although we all have our homes that we go to after school, we have to also think of
the Earth as our home. One way to enjoy and appreciate our home of the Earth is to just be
2. I will state, “When we are outside in nature, there is so much that we can do with our five
senses. Who can name me the five senses?” As the student answers, I will mimic the senses by
touching my nose for smell, and moving my hands for touch, etc. “We see how beautiful the
nature is, we can smell the flowers outside, we can listen to birds chirping, we feel the water in
the ocean, and we even taste a lot of things from nature like fruit and vegetables. As I read this
book, think about how the animals in this book use their five senses throughout their journeys in
nature.” I will read A Journey Through Nature by Steve Parker.
3. As I read, I will pause at moments and state, “Think about the sense that this animal is using
4. At the end of the read-aloud, I will ask two students to provide an example of a sense that an
animal in the book used.
5. Then, I will state, “Guess what? We are going to take a journey outside around Hopewell
Elementary. We are going to walk around the field and playground, and pay close attention to
how we use our five senses in nature.”
6. Miss Chernati will place the Schoolyard Safari worksheet on the projector. I will state, “Turn
your bodies to face the whiteboard. This is the Schoolyard Safari worksheet that we are going to
work on while we are exploring outside. When you see, smell or hear something in one of these
boxes, you are going to check the box.” I will read the boxes.
7. “Now, when we are outside, are we going to be running and yelling? Are we going to be
playing around on the playground? We want to look mature and professional when we are
exploring outside. Our purpose for being outside is to fill out this worksheet, and use our five
senses. We are going to be quiet when we walk in the hallway, and stay in a straight line. The
quieter you are outside, the easier it will be to listen and pay attention to the nature around you.
We are professional explorers during this class, so we need to act like it.”
8. I will call students table by table to put their coats on and grab a pencil. Then, I will call
students table by table to get in line.
9.Once students are in a line, I will state, “You should work together to complete this worksheet.
Everyone should be working with someone, and if you see someone who is looking at nature
alone, remember what a bucket-filler would do. A bucket-filler would invite that person to
explore with them.”
10. Once we are outside, I will hand out the worksheets to the students. Students will walk
around the playground and field.
11. If students finish early, students will pick up litter with gloves, or draw a picture of their
favorite part of the school’s outdoors.
12. After about 20 minutes, I will call students to line up and we will walk back to the classroom.
13. When students come back to the classroom, students will sit in their desks. I will state, “I saw
you all sharing ideas with your friends, and really exploring the nature around you! Who saw and
smelled a flower?”
14. In their science journals, students will respond to the question: “How did I use my five senses
during the nature walk?”
Key Questions (that you will ask):
What did the main character see, hear, touch, taste, and smell on his journey in nature?
How can we use our five senses when exploring the nature around our school?
What can we find in nature?

Read-aloud: 10 minutes
Students getting their coats and getting on line: 5 minutes
Reviewing behavior expectations when exploring outside: 5 minutes
Walking outside and exploring: 20 minutes
Short closure of reviewing Schoolyard Safari worksheet: 5 minutes

I will transition from the read-aloud by stating that we, like the main character, will be exploring
nature by using our five senses. I will transition from the nature walk to the classroom by
instructing students to sit at the desks, and reviewing their Schoolyard Safari findings.

Classroom Management:
I will go over behavioral expectations to emphasize the importance of good behavior outside of
the classroom. I will walk around and speak with every student while on the nature walk.

If a student appears confused or overwhelmed, I will ask the student guided questions, such as,
“Well think about when you see a flower. Do flowers have a scent that people like? What sense
are you using when you pick up a flower and bring it to your nose?” I will walk students over
towards places that offer the answers to the questions on the Schoolyard Safari worksheet. I will
encourage students to explore those specific areas.