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  Nature Elective

Lesson Plans
First posted February 1, 2004 Last updated June 19, 2009

These lesson plans are not rigid requirements, but a starting point for the Nature Counselor's plan for teaching a particular day's experience. The activity should be fun and emphasize active learning on the student's part: ask a question, don't just state a fact. If the students do not get the answer, ask it again in a leading manner ("Do you think redwood trees are special because they are rare and grow so tall?"). You should employ hands-on as much as possible. After all, this is not the classroom: Cazadero is the laboratory! We have the actual trees, flowers, plants, lichens, bugs, whatever, not just the photographs of them. Be sure to take every advantage of the fact that the session is being held in the middle of the laboratory, and make it as much hands-on as possible. Plan each session to also allow time for making entries in the Nature Journal.

YOUNG MUSICIANS (Grade Level 5-6-7-8)

Lesson Plan 1: The Redwood Forest
Lesson Plan 2: Treasure Hunt
Lesson Plan 3: Leaves
Lesson Plan 4: Biozones
Lesson Plan 5: Bugs of Cazadero
Lesson Plan 6: Cones and Seeds


Lesson Plan 10: The Redwood Forest
Lesson Plan 11: To Be Announced
Lesson Plan 12: To Be Announced

JUNIOR HIGH SESSION (Grade Level 7-8-9)

Lesson Plan 20: The Redwood Forest
Lesson Plan 21: To Be Announced
Lesson Plan 22: To Be Announced

HIGH SCHOOL SESSION (Grade Level 9-10-11-12)

Lesson Plan 30: The Redwood Forest
Lesson Plan 31: Redwood Tree: Measuring the Height
Lesson Plan 32: Redwood Tree: Measuring the Age
Lesson Plan 33: Redwood Tree: How the Water Gets to the Top
Lesson Plan 34: Five Kingdoms of Life
Lesson Plan 35: Five Classes of Vertebrates
Lesson Plan 36: Fungi
Lesson Plan 37: Four Groups of Land Plants
Lesson Plan 38: Ferns
Lesson Plan 39: Mosses

How to Design a Lesson Plan

Eight Rearrangable Steps

1. Type of reasoning the student will do: (historical, biological,etc...)
2. What is the issue/problem focus?(What are redwood trees?)
3. What is the logic of student thinking? How will you capture their interest? (ask questions)
4. What grouping arrangements will you use?
5. What sequence will the lesson follow? Which groups will go when?
6. What mode of communication will the students be using? Speaking, listening, reading, writing....
7. What tactics will you use to keep things running?.
8. What are the criteria and standards you will institute for this lesson? Clarity, precision, relevance, accuracy, significance, verifiability, etc.

The Nature Journal