Lessons Plans: Ten Sites to Help Create an Outdoor Classroom

SONY DSCChatting with some teachers we know, we asked how the kids are doing now that spring is here. “Antsy,” was the universal reply. Maybe it’s time to take the classroom outside. Depending on where you live, here are some sites that help to make the best use of nature’s classroom.

  1. Oceans – The Smithsonian’s Ocean Portal
  2. Flowers – Scientific American Explores Plant Pigments
  3. Outdoors – Scholastic’s Springtime Science Scavenger Hunt
  4. Garden – Garden Science’s Magic Bean Experiment
  5. Rivers – the Environmental Protection Agency’s Watershed Academy Web
  6. Deserts – BrainPOP Jr. Desert Activity
  7. Rocks  - Kidsgeo.com’s Geology for Kids
  8. Sky – NASA Science Explores Earth, Planets, and Atmosphere
  9. Bugs – The University of Arizona’s Center for Insect Science Education Outreach
  10. Thunderstorms – University Corporation for Atmospheric Research’s Web Weather for Kids
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