Learning from Nature
5th Grade Oral Language Resources
Students will:• Learn about the concept of nature.
• Access prior knowledge and build background about nature.
• Explore and apply the concept of learning from nature.
Students will:• Demonstrate an understanding of the concept of nature.
• Orally use words that describe what nature is, and how people learn from it.
• Extend oral vocabulary by speaking about nature.
• Use key concept words [boat, whale, binoculars, naturalist; diverse, nature].
Explain• Use the slideshow to review the key concept words.
• Explain that students are going to learn about:
• What nature is.
• How people learn from nature.
Model• After the host introduces the slideshow, point to the photo on screen. Ask students: What do you see in this photo? (mountains, trees, plants, water, rocks, grass).
• Ask students: Is this a photo of things that were made by people? (No). How can we protect nature? (Put things in garbage cans, don't hunt too many animals, etc.)
• Say: In this activity, we're going to learn about nature and how people learn from nature. What do you know about nature? (answers will vary).
Guided Practice• Guide students through the next two slides, showing them different parts of nature. Always have the students describe why nature is important.
Apply• Play the games that follow. Have them discuss with their partner the different topics that appear during the Talk About It feature.
• After the first game, ask students to talk about ways that they have learned from nature. After the second game, have them discuss things in nature that they see in their neighborhoods or at school.
Close• Ask students: What would you like to study about nature?
• Summarize for students that it is important that humans are kind to nature so that we can continue learning from it. Encourage them to think about different groups that protect nature.