Using their five senses, students will conduct outdoor observations of the four seasons.
One for the group to share:
One per student:
Caps, Hats, Socks, and Mittens by Louise Borden
Sky Tree by Thomas Locker
Run, Jump, Whiz, Splash by Vera Rosenberry
Snowy, Flowy, Blowy by Nancy Tufari
On A Hot, Hot Day by Nicki Weiss
Animal Seasons by Brian Wildsmith
There are five senses: seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, and touching. We use our five senses to gather information about the world around us. For example, we use our five sense to identify the characteristics of the seasons winter, spring, summer, and fall. Sometimes we use instruments or tools to enhance our senses, such as a magnifying lens. A magnifying lens helps us to see things better so we have even more accurate information about the thing we are studying.
Intending Learning Outcomes
1. Demonstrate a positive learning attitude.
5. Understand and use basic concepts and skills.
6. Communicate clearly in oral, artistic, written and nonverbal form.
Symbolization, observation, description, data collection, form, conclusions
Invitation To Learn
After sharing a variety of your favorite read aloud books about the current season with your class, brainstorm and create a list of the types of outdoor observations that may be made using one or more of the five senses. (e.g., weather conditions, animal behavior, changes in plants, people’s clothing, or activities.)
Students may identify, draw, and label things they see, hear, smell, taste, and touch in their neighborhood during a given season. Students may return their paper to school and share their findings with each other.
This outdoor observation page is an excellent assessment tool. After completing each page, date it and save it in the student’s portfolio. Look for progress in the student’s ability to record details and specifics in seasonal drawings, phonetic spelling, descriptive language, use of more than one sense, etc.