Today the weather in Pennsylvania was very warm for April. I took full advantage of the weather and had my students out for a hike this afternoon. I took them on a new trail and we were able to travel farther than we have been able to go in the past. In my classroom we are currently working on plot and science fiction. We have to talking about how the plot of the story was like a mountain. So on our hike today I took the science fiction book that I was planning on reading. I read The Secret Science Fair Project that Almost at the School by Judy Sierra.
So at the beginning of our hike we discussed how we have the back ground information, which happens at the beginning of the mountain. So I read the background information then we proceeded up the mountain. The Trail has some dips and valleys as you are working your way up the mountain. So I stopped in one of the valleys and we compared it to the raising action, then read the story. I proceeded as we continued. It worked out great.
I was also able to use the hike to discuss what we are also studying about living and non-living things. We are mostly focusing on water so, at the different creeks and things we passed we discussed living and non-living things.
Here are some activities that I have created to go with our unit on living and non-living things.
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