Archive for January, 2015

More Documentation

Posted on: January 16th, 2015 by lmaclean No Comments

sodasnapbark sodasnapmoss sodasnapworm

Documenting with the iPad

Posted on: January 12th, 2015 by lmaclean No Comments



I wanted to make our learning more visible by taking a picture of the students observations and then recording their questions and connections in a documentation panel.  So I downloaded the SodaSnap app on both my iPhone and iPad.  I am now able to quickly take snapshots of student learning while out on our nature walks.  I look forward to sharing more examples of documentation with you as the year progresses.

Tree Branches

Posted on: January 7th, 2015 by lmaclean No Comments

Before heading out for our nature walk this morning, we asked ourselves if we could find anything that looks a bit different than yesterday.  We walked around the pathway in the opposite direction to help us change our perspective.  ”I can see the trees from different angles now.”

One student identified a tree and asked us to see something “funny” about it.  We studied the tree for awhile and made many guesses about what made this tree so special.  Can you see it?


“The tree has lost two branches.  Someone cut them cause they need to make a boat.”  How creative!


Rainy Day

Posted on: January 7th, 2015 by lmaclean No Comments


What a rainy day!!  Get your rain boots on, zip up your jackets and slip on your mittens!

What should we look for today?  Will we see signs of winter?  Where do the biggest puddles form?  We headed off for our daily nature walk and listened to the rain hitting on the pathway.  ”The rain jumps off the ground after it falls.”  What a great description!    As we walked, the students commented on the noise that the mud made beneath their feet – squish, squish, squish!  ”It’s like music class!”

If you had your rain boots on, let’s go trudge through the puddles!

Looking Closely

Posted on: January 7th, 2015 by lmaclean No Comments



Looking Closely



What do scientists do?  They observe closely.  They ask questions.  They use their 5 senses to make meaning of what they see.

On our nature walk today, a student found a small leaf with something “squishy” stuck on it.  A conversation broke out between many of his classmates as they tried to figure out what it was.  A worm?  A ladybug?  Was it still alive?  The students couldn’t see any feet so they determined that it was an animal that would either roll on the ground or maybe it would develop wings when it became an “adult”.