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Challenge Week 7 – Journal the Outdoors this Week

October 14, 2013

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Autumn. Jumping in the leaves, visits to the pumpkin patch, beautiful fall colours and time to bring out the sweaters.

It is also a great time to get out with your students. There is little talk of mosquitoes or blackflies, and if chilly you can always put on another coat.

It is a great time to be experiencing the culmination of a lot of natural wonders. The farm harvest, the leaves changing colour, the beginnings of the frost and animals preparing for migration or hibernation. There are a lot of changes happening out their beyond those classroom walls right now.

This past week during the #EnviroEd Twitter Chat the theme was “The Power of Student Journals in Environmental Lessons”. There was great discussion and the archives of that chat can be found here.

So this week’s challenge is to not just get out and explore autumn with your class but to share it with others. Create a story and share your stories with others.

Perhaps you can create a video such as the one recently from the E.O Wilson Biodiversity Fountation entitled Inspired by Nature – A Collaborative Story Telling Project . Perhaps you can share it via a Haiku Deck  presentation or a story via Comic Life. Have students create their own story wall within the class room even about what they either have seen and explored or just as exciting, what they would wish to see or explore as a class this year.

Not only are your students working on language arts, narratives, procedural writing and perhaps visual arts. They are communicating with each other, other classes and you as the teacher are collaborating as well.

If your students do not have their own reflection spot or solitary sit spot – this is the perfect week to introduce it the concept to them.

And, as always, I would love for you to share and let me know how it works out!

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