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Old 07-23-2012, 04:41 AM
 
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Two questions...1. If you have a nature Club at your school, what kinds of things do you do? 2. Any ideas out there for 1st grade STEM projects? TIA!!


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Old 09-18-2012, 01:43 PM
 
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My school has a nature club (although we call it "Green Thumb Club"), and I'm the sponsor. Club members meet twice a month during the school year for 45 minutes.

We start with a 10 minute snack break and talk about the agenda for the day. Then we divide into two groups. The first group goes to the garden and plants things, pulls weeds, waters, etc. The second group does a "craftivity" that's related to flowers, gardens, Earth, etc. For instance, we might take a candle holder and glue twigs around the base to create a decorative candle or paperclip holder. We might paint flower pots. We might make Christmas ornaments for parents, using nature items. We might do leaf rubbings. You get the idea. The two groups split and rotate after 15 minutes. The last 5 minutes are reserved for clean up and summarization. Hope that helps!
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I taught an after school nature club, and am currently assisting in a first grade class. Some ideas for both/ either:
- measure and chart the plants' growth with a line graph
- contrast a few different soil types
- measure plots for planting outdoors
- use compostable pots or newspaper cups (there's an origami pattern) and transplant
- draw and/or label plant parts
- dissect flowers and look under microscopes
- examine different kinds of seeds and discuss how they move (pollen, wind, sticky, pollination)
- invent your own seed and describe how it moves, craft a model
Success tips: use good potting soil, choose seeds that sprout quickly
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