Work the great outdoors into your lesson plans. Take a nature walk for science and observe birds, trees, etc. Have children look for tangible objects that correspond with the words on their list. Students can write poetry, stories and essays about nature for English and writing. For example, children can choose an object to write for a sensory paper. They can look at, touch, and smell their object and describe it.
Lydia Ferguson, Lousville, Kentucky


Students' attention doesn't always have to be focused inside. Use the outdoors and the season as teaching tools. Take a nature walk and have the students observe something outside, preferably something natural, and have them take notes. Upon returning to the classroom, have them do some writing: a descriptive poem, haiku, or even a fictional piece speaking as something from nature.

Trish Nall, Elizabethtown, KY


I help my kindergarten students to focus by bringing the outside into the classroom. Now is the time to explore nature at its best. Study plant growth, changes of an incubating chick, the life cycle of butterflies, anything that will pique their interest!

Shari Ehly, Killeen, TX


Hold class outside! It sounds risky, but as long as the students know the rules and that learning and working must still be taking place even though you're outside, it's worth it.

Becky Christian, Katy, TX