- 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.
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
- 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)