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  • 1. Learning from Nature Cross-Curricular Activities to Foster Creative & Critical Thinking A Robert Myers Creation A Presentation brought to you byJennifer Wille

2. Dr. Myers Lessons in Learning from Nature Areactivities worth tryingSo, I retrieved some of his activities for your viewing pleasuring. Please be advised: These activities are most suitable forGrades K-6 . 3. As a K-3 teacher myself.... 4.

  • I believe thatLearning from Natureis a wonderful book for parents and educators alike.There is an activity to use for every season or reason.
  • -Jennifer Wille

5. Heres your host for this presentation.. 6. Hi! Im George.I dont always look this muddy.. 7. Sometimes it's worse! 8. Why me right?(Because I am only 6) Couple of reasons. 9. Natureis myfriend . 10. Im creative and love to use my imagination. 11. I'm never quick to judge....... & always make time toobserve&wonder . 12. Introduction 13. This isRobert Myers. 14. He has written over30 books . 15. & dozens of articles..... Not on roses Mostly on how toencourage creative thinking. 16. Did I mention He won the Teachers Choice Award 17. Want this book? www.amazon.com GO TO 18. What's in the book? 19. Over 50 units for kids toexplore naturein grades K-6 . 20. Exploring Topics in: Math Science Language Arts Social Studies Creative Arts 21. Covering 5 Topics (each containing 10 unit lessons) 22. Each lesson calls for students to use one or morecreative thinkingskills. -(Myers, 2005) 23. & allows children to relate to the topicspersonally&unselfconsciously . (Myers, 2005, p. xvii) 24. Each unit contains:

  • Setting the Stagefor the Unit
  • Administeringthe Unit
  • Following Through
  • Additional Activity Ideas(corresponding to the theory of multiple intelligence)

25. Follow me . These activities and lessons are just a few found in his book. 26. 1. In & Out of the Ground (insects, gems, grass, earthquakes, small mammals) 27. Activity: Mervins Mess

  • Studentsexplorethe nature of ants & write about what theydiscover .

28. 2. On & In the Water (ducks, rivers, ponds, seas, water beetles) 29. Activity: Fished Out

  • Studentsanticipatethe ramifications of over-fishing using areal-worldexample.

30. 3. On Wings (bird habitats, bird songs) 31. Activity: Funny Bunnies

  • Studentsexplorethe various methods animals use to defend themselves.

32. (fog, space, balloons, bubbles, music) 4. On Air (fog, space, balloons, bubbles, music) 33.

  • Using fog as a theme, children write weather poems.

Activity : Fog Using fog as a theme, children write weather poems. 34. 5. Personal Relationships with Nature (waking up, dreaming, flying, seasons) 35. Activity: What Comes Next?

  • Children us logic toidentifynatural patterns &anticipatefuture outcomes.

36. Could I use this book? 37. If youre a K-6Teacher Greatsupplemental resource Excellentstarter activities Helpschildren use & develop their thinking skills Motivatorfor learning 38. Teachers using this book will encourage further creative & critical thinking from students by providing hands-on opportunities to explore & investigate. (Myers, 2005, p.17) 39. A favorite quote ofDr. Myers..... 40. What is Life? 41. It is the flash of a firefly in the night. 42. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. 43. What is life?It is the little shadow,which runs across the grass and loses itself in the Sunset.-Crowfoot It is the little shadow, which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.-Crowfoot(Myers, 2005) 44. YOUare changing a life through the use of this book! 45. So what have welearned ? Besides Ilove nature ? 46. Lets Recap

  • Children interact with nature every day.
  • The outside world is filled with thought-provoking phenomena.
  • With age-appropriate activities, children will be able to creatively explore nature & think critically about our world.

47. Want to learn more? Get the book (You could..) Research the topic Talk to your host, Georgeor your classmate Jennifer. 48. About these slides.. A BIG Thank You to... www.flickr.com 49. Myers, R. (2005).Learning from nature : Cross-curricularactivities to foster creative and critical thinking. Chicago,Illinois: Zephyr Press. References 50. Dont forget It is our job toencourage childrentothink more deeplyabout the world in which they live.(Myers, 2005)