Nature Based Learning

NBL new book: Obviously Nature

NBL first book is for all kids, but focuses on 8 to 12 year olds.  It is simply written so young kids can understand it, and is written to be an introduction to basic nature.  The book tries to create excitement about nature and surprise kids with its complexity.  Each nature topic (water, wood, earth, air and animals) have some common sections:

Why love nature?

What can you do to help?

What are the main threats to ….?

Obviously Nature tries to link the 5 topics together by showing how air, earth, water, animals and wood are link together.

NBL Challenges Explained

The NBL Challenges are the central focus of the NBL program.  To study nature students need to get out into nature and become involved in really looking and understanding it.  We try to use the 5 senses in our activities, but the key ingredient is to give them challenging problems to solve.  How fast is the river flowing?  How much salt is in salt water? Why are sunsets blue or red?  Why is the soil so red?  Why is this animal built this way…what are the advantages of this?

These questions require thought, communication, experiment, study, critical and creative thinking to solve.  But more importantly, students have to work with others to figure out, debate, solve the question posed.  And, we insist that all the students PRESENT their “findings.”  This is a key element as the presentation develop thinking and communication skills so essential for their future success.   Take a look.

Measuring Challenges

Many visitors to this site want to know about the Challenges.  So, I have put together 7  measuring Challenge for you.  It’s  free to try.    These challenges are good for any age group, but 8 to 12 is best. If you decide to use it, great.  But, let me know how it went and any suggestions on improving it.  Oh yes, photos are appreciated.  Thanks and Enjoy.

Click on the below link to access 7 measuring

challenges    NBL Measuring Challenges

NBL: Animals (Video)

Video: NBL 5 Nature elements

Here is a short video to explain the 5 elements that participants of NBL will study. Enjoy.