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.


Weather Lesson

April is a Month of crazy weather, there are days were its beautiful and sunny, the next its snowing. I have used this month to introduce a weather lesson. We discuss anything from types of clouds and what they  predict in the weather to extreme weather!

Creating a Weather Chart

Step one: add a fun way to introduce and trace weather.  I create a Weather Calendar by taking a old cork board or whiteboard and label it with the days of the week and a space above to write or stick the month and year.  Then use velcro dots to add the days in the month. The start tracking. I have could some weather pictures with the weather word labeled on it. I use these to add the weather words into my morning meeting time.


Printable weather cardspdf_weather2b also has great printable for the season! Its easy to add the season into a weather lesson .




CHARTS AND GRAPHS: Adding Math to Weather 

From the weather calendar  graph the results of the calendar to a graph and use that to describe what was most, the least, and use that data to predict what the next month will look like.


Mouse Paint


This is another little mouse book by Ellen Stoll Walsh.  In this story the mice play in paint and use it to escape from a cat. I use this book to introduce/review color words.

 Music and Movement
Here is a poem we put in our Poem and Song books. We highlight color words.

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Match Counts!

Making patterns using the book and characters.
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Language and Writing Practice

This is a worksheet to practice reading and writing color words.
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