Using Mother Nature to help teach science.
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    Default Using Mother Nature to help teach science.

    Yesterday here in CT we had an awful time of it with the weather... tornados abounded and as a result there are trees down on each side of our house as a tornado bounced over our hill. Each side of the house has a large old tree now down, with neighbors on both sides getting the brunt of it. (we did just get power back a little bit ago, and most folks in my town are still without - however I don't know how long that will last for us as there is a tree on a line in our back yard and they likely will turn off power to remove said tree from the now drooping low line )

    We used the oncoming storm to teach about tornados (which we ended up with a few here in the area) and types of clouds.

    How do you incorporate current events into your lessons?

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    This is a wonderful topic!!
    We use nature throughout our program constantly. Currently, there is momma and pappa Purple Finch nesting in one of the hanging baskets outside the window in the front living room. The nest had five eggs...three made it and the babies are now growing their flight feathers. We have used this wonderful experience to not only add to our avid birdwatching hobbies, but also have learned a great deal about the protective and nurturing mannerisms and ways of the parents. The three younguns aren't ready to fly the nest yet....but we are eagerly awaiting to see them stretch their wings so that this event can be added to the "baby bird log" that we've been keeping.
    Other ways we have used nature in our lessons is through thunderstorms (thankfully we haven't had the tornado experience!)....we time the distance of the storm based off of the thunder and lightening intervals. We use the seasons each year as prime learning times and have used the coloring of the trees in the Fall to the growth of the garden in the Spring as lesson opportunities.
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    Default What a great idea/suggestion.

    Wo that is a great idea, thanks. We live in New Mexico so we have to be creative and develope our own green landscapes around here. Desert land is not always pretty. We have an acre full of plants, bugs and so much more to offer. This in turn will create a natural learning experience for the kiddos. Yay for nature.





    e of it with the weather... tornados abounded and as a result there are trees down on each side of our house as a tornado bounced over our hill. Each side of the house has a large old tree now down, with neighbors on both sides getting the brunt of it. (we did just get power back a little bit ago, and most folks in my town are still without - however I don't know how long that will last for us as there is a tree on a line in our back yard and they likely will turn off power to remove said tree from the now drooping low line )

    We used the oncoming storm to teach about tornados (which we ended up with a few here in the area) and types of clouds.

    How do you incorporate current events into your lessons?[/QUOTE]

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