Camping Project: Natural World

Animal Kindoms:

Classification of animals starts with learning the difference between the living and no-living world.  At this website, there is a beautiful poster of the Kingdoms and the order of the Natural World.




Montana Animal Books:

I have created printable books for Montana mammals and Montana Trout. I will create more and more as the children’s interest further in the subject of animal classification. These books are posted of and include pictures of the animal/fish, map of their habitat, name and latin name.

Montana Fish Classification Card

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Montana Mammal Classification Cards:


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Camping Project

Painted Sticks:

We painted sticks that the children found on mature walks they took at home. Provide the children with different types and colors of paint with a variety of paint brushes. Let the children paint what they want and with any means that they want. This is hard to do sometimes, but remember its the PROCESS not the PRODUCT that is important.  From the painted sticks more art can be created! Think out of the box. Picture frames, Wind charms, wall art work…


Camping Project

This month the children showed signifigant interest in camping and all things camping. When asked what they already know the children listed their knowledge of camping gear and cooking on a camp fire. The children expressed interest in learning about animals and tracks, what plants are eatable, what kind of animals they could run into and how to stay safe, and forest fires.

This is a great list to start from!

Tracks and Footprints:

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WEBSITES: has examples of a printable animal track book: 

Printable pages for  Track Book:


Introduction to Animal Research:

This a printable page to introduce Animal Research. It’s a great resource to start the process of learning about animals in a scientific manner.


Cloud Finder


This Website has a great tool to give to kids to start looking at clouds. Most of us have asked kids to find shapes in clouds. Now, you can ask to discribe  them and characterize them.
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Print this out on card stock and cut out as directed

Laminate to make it last for the lesson and maybe the next class

Glue or tape a popsicle stick or craft stick to cloud viewer

Go outside and start looking for clouds.


What does that could look like?

What do you think cloud are made of?

What kind of weather does this cloud represent?

If you see this cloud what kind of weather should we look for/predict?


Use books, videos, songs, and charts of weather to help children find the information to actuarially answer these questions.


Luke Howard isn’t exactly a household name, but the cloud classification system he came up with is quite well known. Howard lived in 18th century England, and was fascinated by clouds, even as a child. This title captures his wonder and chronicles his journaling and classification efforts. Readers learn about the different types of clouds, and might even be inspired to keep a cloud journal too. (Could be a fun class activity!) The watercolor and ink cartoon illustrations are cute and add an age-appropriate lightness to the subject. Booklist ended its review of this title by calling it “an attractive combination of biographical narrative and weather science.” We agree.


This Let’s Read and Find Out Science title covers the 10 different types of clouds and how to forecast the weather just by looking at them. Spreads feature kids engaged in outdoor activities, with a featured cloud type depicted above them and a few sentences about what makes that cloud type unique. Rockwell has provided just enough information for children in grades 1-3. (We’ve bumped the interest level up a bit from the publishers recommendation of “preschool and up.”)



This book is a simple introduction to clouds for young children. It covers all the various cloud shapes. The illustrations are both colorful and interesting.


This is a great poster to hang up on a window so create an inviting and curious environment to promote cloud classification.


Magic School Bus: Kicking Up a Storm


Remember those days in elementary school when the teacher rolled in the TV and you got to spend the class watching Magic School Bus! Well.. it’s a great way to finish a project and make the knowledge set. Most places say no TV, they get enough of TV at home. However, I believe that one 20 minute educational video will not hurt them and will help them set the information. After weeks of learning about clouds, weather, weather tools, and water cycles, watching a episodes is a fun way to make it fun. I know they repeat everything they see on time due to the crazy about of lyrics they can sing of their favorite movies!