Help your students get some fresh air without losing instructional time with these outdoor learning activities. It’s a great way to get outside during Spring and Fall!
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Outside Group Activities
One of my students favorite activities to do outside was Fluency & Fitness®. This is normally thought of as a whole group activity to do inside because you project the slides on a big screen. However, just take your laptop outside. Yes, the screen is smaller, but the kids love being outside, so it still works.
I created Fluency & Fitness® years ago as a way for my kids to work on literacy and math skills, while getting in some movement. They’re the perfect educational brain break! Take it outside and now your kids can learn, move, AND get fresh air. Learn more about Fluency & Fitness®.
One of the easiest ways to take learning outside is to do some reading. Have your kids grab their book baskets and you’re ready to go. For even more fun, have them pair up with a classmate. My 4th grade book buddies loved doing this with my students when we got together on Fridays.
Simply grab some chalk and write sight words, numbers, math fact, etc on the pavement. Then have kids get in 2 lines. The first 2 players will throw a bean bag on the word you say. Another option would be for kids to jump on and read a few words before going to the end of the line.
While you have the sidewalk chalk out, you can have students use it for writing letters, sentences, math facts, or anything they need extra practice with. If my students wrote a sentence, I did let them draw a quick picture to match.
Before heading outside to do some writing, make sure to have your students grab a clipboard. Sometimes I just gave kids a writing prompt from my writing center bundle. Then, they simply found a comfy spot to write. To incorporate science, we’ve gone a bug hunt. Students drew the bug they found and wrote a word or sentence about it.
The activity below was a favorite though. I made die-cut butterflies and cut them in half. On each side of the wing, I wrote a part of a compound word. Then I hid them around the playground. Students walked around looking for matching butterfly wings to make their compound word.
While learning about plants and flowers, I decided to let my students grow their own grass. Students added the soil to their cups, a spoonful of grass seed, and then water. For the next few weeks, they were in charge of watering their grass each morning when they arrived.
What are your favorite outdoor learning activities?