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  • Send the students on different wildflower hunts around the school’s natural area. Wrap up: Discuss each item and where it was found. Was it difficult or easy to find the objects? Why?

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  • Discuss plant parts (twigs, buds, bud scars, bark, leaves, seeds, etc.) and species identification. Explain alternate and opposite branching. Students choose a plant and complete the worksheet by drawing, measuring and recording information about the plant. Use pictures and guide books to try to identify the plant. Wrap-up: what characteristics of plants can we use to identify them during winter?

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  • Discuss winter: evidence, temperature, effect on insects and plants. Discuss measurement. Students hunt for and record the signs of winter on the worksheet. Wrap-up: spring changes for temperature, animals and plants.

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  • Students use their senses, temperature of materials on their skin, the feel of vegetation in their hands, etc. to fill in this touch chart using your schoolyard garden.Wrap up: Discuss student answers. Provide additional touch examples of each word.

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