Monday, May 12, 2014

An Ideal Day Exploring Habitats {with Free Printable Co-op Lesson Plan}

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 Start with a beautiful day.

Add children.

Stir in several brief mini-lessons.

  Add a generous amount of free, child-directed exploration.

And you have a recipe for one successful kick off to a Habitat Explorers Co-op!

At least you do in our experience.

Last week, we thoroughly enjoyed our first meeting using the Habitat Explorers Meeting One lesson plan that I created and am sharing here.

Some highlights of our experience were...

Coming together in Discovery Circles...

 Going on a Micro-Hike...

Sharing our nature journal entries...

Trail walking...

Please feel free to adapt the plan for your own family's, club or co-op's use.  If you do, I would love to hear how it goes.  I'd also be excited to hear about your favorite outdoor adventures and read alouds, websites and other resources related to hands-on habitat exploration!

Read-alouds my children and I enjoyed while preparing for this co-ops. following up from it and prepping for the next meeting on Woodland habitats are:





I'll share about the Woodland Habitat meeting, too, in weeks to come.  Stay tuned for all five parts of this series! And, please find all the posts so far by clicking the Habitat Explorers button. 


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