At-home and at school learning resources from Learning for a Sustainable Future
Week 27: Spring Awakenings
LSF's Step Outside Nature Guides highlight flora, fauna and climate events happening in your neighbourhood right now (or maybe a little sooner or later, depending on where you are in the country).

The Late March guide is all about Spring Awakenings: Plants, Birds and Bugs . It's full of links to learn more about plants and animals, invasive species, and more! Step outside with your kids today and see what nature is up to.
Grades K-3
This resource provides an easy-to-implement template for planning and guiding a spring walk. It encourages students to be on the lookout for daffodil blooms, students can be prepared to look for sightings of other species likely to be seen in their own neighborhoods. During their 'spring walk' students are asked to talk about what they can see, hear, smell and touch. They focus on those things specific to spring and record any animal sighting and/or plants in bloom.


Activities
  • Print out a copy of one of our observation sheets, then take it outside! Use observation sheets for Kindergarten to grade 3. You can take pictures of the plant(s) you see and use these for reference later
  • Use the Nature Companion app or another plant identification app to identify the plants you observed on your walk
  • Use a storyboard to draw and/or write out the story of your observations. This could be the story of one particular plant, the story of you going outside to observe every day, or the story of spring coming to your neighbourhood
  • Watch Sorting through Spring to learn how to look for patterns that occur in nature. The teaching guide provides a variety of math and science activities inspired by the book
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This resource introduces students to the fascinating relationship between plants and pollinating insects. Throughout the detailed biological investigation of bees, moths and butterflies there is an emphasis on developing a stewardship ethic in students by linking pollinators to food production. Students will participate in a variety of activities which examine and investigate insect and plant adaptations that aid in the pollination process.


Activities
  • If spring has sprung in your area, bring your young scientists outside to observe pollinators in nature. If you’re still waiting on blooms, you can watch this short film instead
  • Have your scientists come up with definitions for these terms: 1) Pollen 2) Pollinator 3) Pollination
  • Use the Pollinators and Plants Observation Sheet (p.43) to record your observations and questions
  • Using photographs, examine several types of pollinators (e.g., bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, etc.) What different parts can you see? Which parts are important for pollination? What makes pollinators different from each other?
  • Explore and learn all about pollinators. Participate in Wild Spaces, a pollinator conservation program for schools or learn how to make your school grounds pollinator friendly
What did you think of Nature's Partners - Pollination, Plants & You?
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In The Hidden Beauty of Pollination, filmmaker Louise Schwartzberg introduces us to the intricate world of pollen and pollinators. Over a third of the fruits and vegetables that we eat are dependent on pollination. Schwartzberg argues that if the bee's disappear, so do we. This TED talk will take us up close to this high speed world of pollination and give us a glimpse of how this magical process takes place.


Activities
  • Watch the Hidden Beauty of Pollination.  Come up with a list of questions the video made you think of. Then research the answers! For example:
  1. How did plants and pollinators co-evolve?
  2. How does the decline in pollinators impact us?
  3. What is causing the pollinator decline and what can we do about it?

  • Research how high winds and heavy rain that may be caused by climate change could affect plants relying on windborne pollination.
  •  Identify possible threats to the pollinators and predict possible consequences of pollinators becoming endangered or extinct
  • Plan and build a pollinator friendly garden in your schoolyard
  • Build a bug hotel to attract pollinators to your schoolyard or garden
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About Learning Inside Out

Above you will find a selection of activities, broken down by various grade levels. These guides will be released weekly and archived on our Learning Inside Out page, so you can always access the full catalogue.

All activities have been modified from resources on our R4R database, simplified and adapted for both outdoor learning in the school yard or at-home as needed. The activity descriptions above should contain all the information and links that you need!

If you'd like to view the full original resource on R4R, including curriculum connections for every province/territory, click the activity title.

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