Observation and Natural History

Soundscape Maps

Students listen to the soundscape around them, then diagram and map it using symbols, shapes, and colors to graphically describe sounds.

Species Account

Students choose one species that they can readily observe, and document as many details as they
can about it through direct observation.

String Safari

Students observe a world of wonders within the boundaries of a loop of string, then use maps,
drawings, and notes to describe what they found.


Students explore plant development by sketching buds, flowers, and fruit. Then they discuss possible functions of plant parts.

Collection or Field Guide

Students make a field guide or “collection” of things within a focused category, such as leaf types,
rocks in a stream, things that are red, or tracks.