ERIC Number: ED260873
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Outdoor Education Activities for Elementary School Students.
Lee, Connie L.
Outdoor education is an informal method of teaching and learning which offers opportunities for elementary school students, regardless of intellectual abilities, to learn about and appreciate their environment and acquire skills with which to enjoy a lifetime of creative, productive, and healthful living. Outdoor education can enrich, vitalize, and complement all content areas of school curriculum by means of first-hand observation and direct experience out-of-doors. School grounds, regardless of locale, can afford learning opportunities. This publication discusses the need for and focus of outdoor education, outlines six school ground activities adaptable to any elementary grade level, and provides specific language arts, social studies, science, health, mathematics, art, and music projects for each outdoor activity. The outdoor activities include: marking shadows at different time intervals; collecting insects and other animals; observing the flagpole; observing a partly cloudy sky; and observing birds near feeders or shrubs. Interdisciplinary activities suggested from a visit to the school parking lot include composing words from license plate letters, determining distances to capital cities of states represented by cars in the parking lot, suggesting parking lot safety rules, computing parking lot size, designing a car using basic shapes and colors, and composing a song or rhythmic reading. (NEC)
Descriptors: Art Activities, Discovery Learning, Educational Philosophy, Elementary Education, Elementary School Curriculum, Environmental Education, Experiential Learning, Health Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Language Arts, Learning Activities, Mathematics, Music Activities, Outdoor Activities, Outdoor Education, Science Activities, Social Studies
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Rural Education and Small Schools, Las Cruces, NM.
Identifiers: ERIC Digests