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Weekly Challenge for #EnviroEd # 63: #KindergartenBioBlitz Season’s Changing Edition

March 1, 2015

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The internet may be down in your school, the devices may need updating, heck the chalk in the classroom may have disappeared even but the one thing any classroom teacher can count on is the weather.

Some days it may mean indoor recess, or days perhaps play such as “tarmac only” restrictions  but every single day there is a 100% chance of weather and for teachers looking to build upon literacy or numeracy there is no better tool available every single day.

Weather, especially at this time of year can be a perfect tool for inquiry as well. With the harsh winter in North America still firmly upon us, there are just the hints of spring’s approach. The Sugar Bush season has started, the days are getting longer, the morning sun basks the bricks on the east side of the school whereas the afternoon sun does the same on the west side.

Students (and teachers!) are itching to get outside after one of the coldest Februarys in recent history. Where I live, this was the first February since the 1970’s where not a single day saw the temperature rise above 0 degrees Celsius. So what better time than now to bring back our #KindergartenBioBlitz Season’s Changing Edition.

For an example of how a classroom teacher has made use of this I’d recommend reading  Elissa Iagallo ‘s Blog post on it last year.

So, for the next week Kindergarten classes are encouraged to send their discoveries and inquiries via Twitter using the hashtag #KindergartenBioBlitz. As always, this is not just a conversation between me and your class – but for classes to compare and discuss findings with each other. How does spring’s arrival look in Calgary compared to Toronto compared to New York, or San Diego? Share how you are using the weather for math, language or in other ways with colleagues and bounce ideas off each other this week using the hashtag for a week long discussion.

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