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  • Number plants in the natural area 1-6. Students explore the schoolyard calculating distance between common objects: spider web, slide, bench, etc. Then calculate the distance between the plants numbered around the schoolyard. Wrap up: Discuss student answers and compare distances. Were certain units of measurement used to find some distances but not others? Why?

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  • Students estimate and measure objects in the natural area using the most appropriate units. Wrap up: discuss students’ answers and which unit of measurement was most appropriate.

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  • Students search for shapes that occur naturally in the schoolyard. Students write a shape poem on two of the shapes found. Wrap up: Discuss poems and where ideas came from. Did the shapes we know come from nature?

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  • Discuss transects and different methods of observation. Students complete the activity by indicating changes in the natural area, and identifying the ecosystem using transects. Wrap up: Compare student results, and revisit transect basics if necessary.

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