Curriculum Activities and Ideas

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Curriculum Activities and Ideas


Literacy

·    Make tactile books out of materials collected from the park.

·    Make books using software such as PowerPoint/Clicker. Use digital photos taken in the park.

·    Reading – Read books on the Australian environment, plants and trees or books made in class.

·    Use PCS picture symbols, words and concrete object symbols to aid in communication.

·    Talk, discuss and describe the park’s features, or about items brought back to class.

·    Create poems and rhymes.

·    Listen to the sounds in the park. 


Numeracy

·    Collecting, counting and sorting items found in the park. (Big, small, round flat etc.)

·    Create number books, posters. Eg – One leaf, two flowers, thee sticks…

·    Choose plants to buy in a nursery catalog.

·    Work out how many plants and the costs.

·    Measurement activities – measure length and mass of items found. Use devices such as a rain gauge, thermometer, pond depth ruler and sundials.


Science 

·    Classify objects, plants and animals into living/non-living. 

·    Collect bugs and plant specimens to examine under the microscope/computer microscope and magnifying glass. 

·   Sensory activities – The Senses – touch, smell and taste safe plants and herbs. 

·   Horticulture/Gardening – Planting, watering, composting, spreading mulch, feeding, pruning and weeding. 

·    Cooking with herbs and plants from the garden. 

·    Make wind chimes, sundials and rain gauges .


Health and P.E.

·    Gross motor actions – Walking and jogging through the park.

·    Staying on the path or negotiating the brick edge.

·    Stopping and adjusting to different surfaces.

·    Picnics in the park.

·    Fine motor actions – Picking, collecting, touching and rubbing.

·    Recreation - Art activities, games, horticulture, work, relaxation, orienteering and treasure hunts. 

.    Relax in front of the waterfall.


Humanities

·    Work education.

·    Safe use and maintenance of tools.

.    Mowing, raking, pruning, weeding, planting, watering and sweeping. 

·    Community access and activities – Inviting neighbours, parents, carers and people from other organizations.

·    Visiting other parks for ideas and comparisons.

·    Care for the park, collecting and identifying natural and unnatural litter.

·    Composting and recycling.


ICT

·    Use video and digital cameras to capture videos and pictures.

·    Use output technologies such as the computer, printers, TVs and videos.

·    Use computer/Interactive whiteboard to switch/click through Sensory Park Stories slideshows and environmental software.

·    Explore resources on the Internet.

·    Use laminator to seal artwork, cards, printouts, leaves and flat specimens.

.    Use the switch button to turn on the waterfall.

 


Design, Creativity and Technology 

.    Design and construct bird feeders, plant boxes, garden structures and class planting areas.

.    Use a range of tools safely and appropriately for projects.


 The Arts  

·    Create murals, collages, posters and maps through pasting and painting.

·    Sing associated environmental songs.

·    Take photos eg - film and digital photography.

·    Construct bird feeders and seed bells.

·    Harvest lavender and make lavender bags.

·    Drama activities – imitate actions such as trees swaying.

·    Film video productions and adventures in the park.