The weather breaks. The sun is shining. Nature is in full bloom. Imagine a group of students gathering outside in a large grassy area. Their teacher is giving directions and assigning students to teams. In a virtual setting, the teacher makes a video explaining the task and students walk into their own backyards to execute the lesson on their own. We can all benefit from the environmental learning opportunities right outside our door.

Planting flowers, bug hunting, and weather watching are all activities that can be done using social distancing guidelines and are acceptable during quarantine. For parents of young students, going outside during the COVID-19 pandemic has been a blessing.

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While we can no longer gather together to conduct formal experiments, we can still take advantage of the summer season and weave outdoor learning into everyday life.

About the Author:

Dr. Jacie Maslyk is an Assistant Superintendent focusing on curriculum, instruction, and professional learning. She has served in public schools as a classroom teacher, reading specialist, elementary principal, and Director of Elementary Education over the last 23 years. She is passionate about STEM education and is the author of STEAM Makers: Fostering Creativity and Innovation in the Elementary Classroom. You can contact Jacie through her website at steam-makers.com.


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