Our classroom program provides children ages 6 through 12 a gateway to learning about nature and the world around them through fun and interactive lessons and activities. Each lesson has seasonal nature themes at the core that extend smoothly into a variety of subject areas such as literature, math, history and the fine arts. Our program is set up for children of multiple ages to work, explore and create together.
Lessons include vocabulary words with associated worksheets and coloring pages. You will also find journal activities that may require students to watch videos, research or make observations. Each of these activities have suggested extended active activities such as creating their own video, writing poetry or mapping. Each program comes with hands-on activities that engage your students in activities such as science experiments, model making, puzzles and mud hut building. Lessons and activities are created to provide just enough information to spark an interest in each child and then encourages them to follow whatever direction their interest takes them.
For example in the kit on kites your students will learn:
* About the history of kites Did you know kites were the first type of drone? In 196 B.C. a Chinese general flew a kite over the wall of a city he was attacking. He use the kite to measure the distance he needed his soldiers to dig underground to avoid the defenses of the city. During the American Civil War, kites were flown over enemy territory trying to entice soldiers to switch sides. The kites held notes with promises of money and material goods! Francisco de Goya was a Spanish artist during the late 1700's and early 1800's. Around 1770 he painted a picture titled, "The Kite". Observe the picture and then create your own kite picture.
* Wind and its effects In 1805 Sir Francis Beaufort began to write down his observations at sea of the wind and waves. Eventually these became known as the Beaufort wind sale that is still used today. Today we use instruments such as anemometers to measure wind. Weather vanes are designed to show which way the wind is blowing. They have been around for quite some time. The earliest recorded weather vane honored the Greek god Triton, who was a sea god. The weather vane had the head of a man and the tail of a fish. Research the history of weather vanes and their many shapes and sizes. In your journal, sketch your own weather vane.
INCLUDEd in your purchase:
Mailed the last week of May you will receive:
* An educators manual with all lessons, activities and reproducibles for planning purposes
* A world map to be used throughout the year
Each month 1 week before you will need each kit you will receive:
* All hands-on material you may need for the lesson - enough for a group of 4 students working together
* A student copy of each lesson - enough for 4 students working together
* Playing cards associated with the lesson - enough for 4 students working together
* A treasure bag to hold the playing cards
* Poetry cards associated with the lesson
* One box of natural materials gathered from the forest and field
* One box of natural materials gathered from the ocean
You do not need access to a large area of nature for your students to enjoy our program. cityLIFE nature kits are place-based and take advantage of whatever natural area available to you no matter where you live. Place-based lessons provided a solid foundation for your students to make real world connections. However, from the basic place-based lesson, activities extend to include cultures around the world, allowing children to make extended connections between themselves and children in the rest of the world.
* There are some sports that rely on wind In the early 20th century there were sail wagons that were used to get around on land and now there are ice boats, windsurfing and snow kiting that all use wind to power them. Watch the video on the physics of flying in a wing suit found HERE!
* About kite fighting! In Afghanistan, Thailand and Japan kite fighting is a large social event. Each country has its own unique rules and kite forms, but the purpose, to get out, enjoy kites and socialize, runs throughout the events. Watch the video's, "Viewfinder: the Real Kite Runners," "Thai Fighting Kites: Chula & Pakpao" and "The Great Kite Fight" to compare and contrast the natural environments in each country and how they kite fight.
* How to build an Afghan Kite After watching, "How to Make an Afghan Kite," and using the materials provided in the kit, make your own kites and then go out and fly them - Maybe even have a kite fight!