Go to the park or on a nature walk. Bring along a nature book with pictures of different animals, environments, etc.
While walking, the adult encourages the child to stop and look at different things in nature. Ask the child “Is this a living thing?” When the child answers ask, “How do you know?”
Children’s understanding of living and non-living things is now more sophisticated. The child can elaborate several details.
Actual engagement with aspects of nature is important. Books illustrate nature, but experiencing nature helps children understand and apply principles at a deeper level of understanding. Field trips and outings make learning come alive!
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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