Week Seven "Nature Nugget" Outdoor Activities:
Land Art Lifecycles | Abiotic & Biotic Backyard Survey
Trees as Habitats | Nature Inspired Memory Match Game
Natural Material Sun Catcher
Land Art Lifecycles with Cathy Shiga-Gattullo | Nature Nugget | May 4th
Great for: Students and families, ages 6 and up
- Make lifecycle diagrams using found items from around outside your home! Think about the lifecycles of common creatures: Butterfly, Bird, or Frog, for example.
Butterfly: egg, caterpillar, pupae (chrysalis), adult butterfly
Bird: egg, baby bird, adult bird
Frog: egg, tadpole, froglet, adult frog
- Find natural objects (or things around your house if it’s raining), to represent each stage of your creature’s life cycle.
- Lay them out in a circle and draw chalk arrows in between (or use grass or twigs to make arrows). [photo]
Bonus discussion: What threats are there to different stages of your creature’s life cycle? For example, birds might want to eat butterfly’s caterpillars. Or pollution could hurt tadpoles.
Extra bonus: Try this same activity with a food chain. Remember, all food chains on earth start with the sun. The sun gives energy to plants, when which get eaten by a consumer, which gets eaten by a higher level consumer, etc., all the way to a top predator. Can you do sun to coyote? To black bear? To timber rattler?
The Amazing Life Cycle of Butterflies; Kay Barnham and Maddie Frost; B.E.S., 2008.
From Tadpole to Frog; Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld; Scholastic, 2016.
An Egg Is Quiet; Dianna Hutts Aston and Sylvia Long; Chronicle, 2013.
Art from Nature ABCs; Chris Gluck; Studio Acanto, 2018.
Andy Goldsworthy: A Collaboration with Nature; Andy Goldsworthy; Harry N. Abrams, 1990.
Abiotic & Biotic Backyard Survey with Lauren Borer | Nature Nugget | May 5th
Trees as Habitats with Lauren Borer | Nature Nugget | May 6th
Nature Inspired Memory Match Game with Kim Tischler
Nature Nugget | May 7th
Natural Material Sun Catcher with Christy Belardo
Nature Nugget | May 8th
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