Outdoor Activities Choice Board for Elementary Grades

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These cross-curricular outdoor activities, combining math, science, writing and art, are a fun way for your elementary students to get outside and learn more about nature!

They are great as extension or early-finisher activities, or given as take-home independent practice work.

This packet includes a choice board of 9 outdoor learning activities for students, with clear instructions and lots of creative ideas for learning outside.

Students can choose from activities like:

Map of My Street

Take a walk with an adult around the neighborhood. Draw a map of the street, including houses, landmarks, sidewalks, stop signs, and anything else that makes the street unique. Create a key with symbols to represent each element of your map. Give your map a title, make sure it is neat, and add some color.

Leaf Measurement

Grab a plastic bag, a ruler (inch), a pencil, and a piece of paper. Collect 10-20 leaves from outside. Measure each leaf and record how many inches long it is. Arrange your information in a chart or graph on a flat surface using sidewalk chalk.

Nature Haiku

Choose one item that you find outside. It can be a leaf, flower, stick, rock, insect, or anything you think is cool! Create a haiku poem about it using a 5-7-5 syllable pattern.
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Heather Aulisio


About Heather

Heather Aulisio (B.S., M.S. Ed.) is a 5th grade math and science teacher. She has been teaching in a public school setting for 19 years. Heather has previously taught third… Read more

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