SCHOOLYARD STUDIES Unit Overview
This unit provides students with the opportunity to develop
a better understanding of the interdependence of the natural world through
careful observation of a given area in the schoolyard. Special emphasis will be
placed on observing, describing, collecting data, interpreting data, and
This unit may take about seven weeks to complete depending
upon the goals of the teacher and interests of the students. Use of the section
included in this manual called More Ideas may extend the time span of this kit. Materials to be
Please make one student activity book for each student. (Please see PDF
map of schoolyard
felt tip markers
books on insects
13 cm x 20.5 cm (5” x 8” ) index cards
scotch tape Caution
Remind student to wash their hands after handling any of the
materials in the kit. About the Format
Each learning experience is numbered and titled. Under each
title is the objective for the learning experience.
Each learning experience page has two parts. The first part lists
materials, preparations, basic skill processes, evaluation strategy, and vocabulary.
The evaluation strategy is for the teacher to use when judging the student’s understanding
of the learning experience.
The other part begins with a “Focus Question” which is typed
in italicized print. The purpose of the “Focus Question” is to guide the
teacher’s instruction toward the main idea of the learning experience. The
“Focus Question” is not to be answered by the students. The learning experience
includes direction for students, illustrations, and discussion questions. These
questions can be used as a basis for class interaction.
An optional Student Assessment has been included in this
Science Kit. You can find all the necessary Background Information in