Prior to the lesson, choose five sites or objects in the school environment for students to visit and observe. Try to choose a mix of natural (naturally occurring, without human interaction), managed (some natural elements but maintained or adjusted by humans), and constructed (completely human-made) elements e.g. sky, garden, playground.
Optional: a device for taking photographs
This lesson contains a link to an external video. Please watch the video prior to presenting this lesson to ensure that the content is appropriate for your students.
Do we have to use all of our senses when making observations? Why or why not?
What were some of the words they used in the video to describe their observations?
Play a game of Do You See What I See? Students take turns finding objects in the classroom or outdoor space and giving clues based on different observations so that their classmates can guess what they see. For example, a child may see a cloud and say, “Do you see what I see? I see something that is white. I see something that is fluffy. I see something that is soft.” Record a list of the observed items on the board.
Review the list of observed items from the Do You See What I See? game.
Present the class with the following question: If we were to play the game again later today, would these objects still look the same? Have the students identify which items would look the same and which ones would look different. Encourage students to give reasons why the items might be different or why they would be the same.
Inform the class that they are going on a walk around the school to visit five places or things. Students must decide whether these items will look different or stay the same if they were visited again in one week.
Walk to the first site and ask students to make some observations. If possible, take a picture of it using a device. Ask students if they think the site will look the same if they were to look at it again next week. Encourage them to share their answers and give reasons. Repeat the steps for the next four sites.