Students find a natural object (stick, flower, rock, etc) and write a short speech to share with classmates.
Promotes positive connections to nature.
Short teacher guide with tips included.
Students find a personal, positive connection to nature.
Students use writing and public speaking skills.
Could be assigned as independent homework, or nature objects could be collected together on a class walk outside.
Activity could be done as a virtual learning assignment. Students could find a nature object near their home and present their speech to classmates virtually.
Teacher may want to create their own student handout with instructions.
Teacher could create a rubric for the student presentations.
Students could be offered options for presenting about their nature 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.
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 mind in conversing with natural resources and the planet. This resource is recommended for teaching.
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
K-ESS3-3 Communicate solutions that will reduce the impact of humans on the land, water, air, and/or other living things in the local environment.
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.