In the novel Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe, the main character Cricket recalls the times she spent in the woods with her father. He had taught her outdoor skills, such as how to build a fire and how to identify trees. He kept a book in the tree house full of information about nature and living off the land. Students can use Daddy’s book as inspiration to start a nature journal for recording their own thoughts and discoveries.
Nature journaling helps students get to know their natural surroundings. Sometimes it’s hard to care about something when you don’t know much about it. When students learn about nature, they may be more motivated to help take care of it.
How does journaling affect the way someone views their natural environment?
Other Instructional Materials or Notes:
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Computers for researching wildlife found
Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe by Jo Hackl, The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady by Edith Holden, notebooks for journaling, pencils, pens, markers, colored pencils, watercolors, field guides
- Ecology: Interactions of Living Systems and the Environment
- 7.EC.5 The student will demonstrate an understanding of how organisms interact with and respond to the biotic and abiotic components of their environments.
- Life Science: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
- 5.L.4 The student will demonstrate an understanding of relationships among biotic and abiotic factors within terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.
- De.CR Creating - I can conceive and develop new design ideas and work.
Lesson Created By: SamanthaBell, Jo Watson Hackl