In this activity, students find an object from nature and write a short speech about it to share with classmates.
The teacher's guide provides very simple instructions.
Students find a personal and positive connection to nature.
Students practice their writing and public speaking skills.
Teachers may want to create their own student handout with instructions.
This could be assigned as independent homework, or natural objects could be collected together on a class walk outside.
Students could be offered options for presenting their natural object, such as giving a speech, writing an essay, making a video, etc.
A template with the points for the speech would help students organize their thinking.
The activity could be done as a virtual learning assignment. Students could find a natural object near their home and present their speech to classmates virtually.
This resource demonstrates the benefits nature has on human physical and mental health. This implies that the way we connect and interact with nature tunes our minds in conversing with natural resources and the planet. This resource is recommended for teaching.
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
LS4: Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
2-LS4-1 Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.
Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
Speaking & Listening (K-12)
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.1.4 Describe people, places, things, and events with relevant details, expressing ideas and feelings clearly.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.2.4 Tell a story or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking audibly in coherent sentences.