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K, 1st


English Language Arts


15 minutes

Regional Focus



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Apr 17, 2024
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In this activity, students will practice phonological awareness and phonics skills while exploring the natural world around them. Students are encouraged to observe and identify elements of the natural world while segmenting syllables, isolating phonemes, and spelling words.
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Teaching Tips

  • Students can complete these worksheets as a whole class, in small groups, or as part or station work. 

  • There are a variety of skills represented to meet the needs of different learners. 

  • Some images might not be clear to students. Be sure to preview words with students before releasing the activity. Guides for words are located in the speaker notes of each slide.

  • Encourage students to think about the natural world around them and what they might see, hear, and smell while walking through nature.

  • Some accompanying activities might include a nature walk, outdoor reading time, or a scent and sight scavenger hunt.

  • Some students may not have access to a safe outdoor space to explore. In these cases, explore the school grounds or take a virtual nature walk.

  • Encourage students to think of ways to take care of the natural world around them. As an extension activity, students may write about how they can care for the natural world.

  • Students may color in the stars at the top of the page to demonstrate either how difficult they felt the work was, how they think they did, or how they feel about the content. Be sure to follow up with students about their responses.

Scientist Notes

The significance of the interaction between humans and nature is diminishing. Through this project, student can get up close and personal with nature while investigating how they can protect it from climate change.


Primary Standards

  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Language (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.K.2 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.1.1 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
    • Reading: Foundational Skills (K-5)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.1 Demonstrate understanding of the organization and basic features of print.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.2 Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes).
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.3 Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.1.2 Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes).
    • Writing (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.K.2 Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose informative/explanatory texts in which they name what they are writing about and supply some information about the topic.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.1.2 Write informative/explanatory texts in which they name a topic, supply some facts about the topic, and provide some sense of closure.
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