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The Journey Stick

The Journey Stick

The Journey Stick

Children with walking sticks

Theme: Ecology and Life Science
Grades: K-2 and 3-7
Duration: 1-2 Hours

Armed with a hiking stick and some string, students hike the trails at Naturelab and collect natural artifacts along the way. As they find natural objects (ex. leaves, sticks, feathers, etc.), they tie them to the stick in chronological order, starting from the bottom of the stick toward the top.  At the end of the hike, students reflect on their experience by discussing the importance of what they found, where they found it, and its importance in an ecosystem.
 
GLEs in this lesson:
Kindergarten - Science - SI - 1,2,4,9; Life Science - 22
Grade 1 - Science - SI - 1,2,5,10; Life Science - 28
Grade 2 - Science  - SI - 1,2,6,11; Life Science - 35
Grade 3 - Science - SI - 1,2,6,12; Science and the Environment - 57,58
Grade 4 - Science - SI - 1,2,7,13; Organisms and Their Environment - 50,53; Science and the Environment - 72
Grade 5 - Science - SI - 1,7,13,16,23; Populations and Ecosystems - 26,27
Grade 6 - Physical Science is typically taught in this grade.
Grade 7 - Science - SI - 1,7,13,16,23; Populations and Ecosystems - 26,27,28,29; Science and the Environment - 35,36,37,39