In this Let's Learn project one can follow a preschool class as they explore the woodland areas just outside the classroom. One day the children noticed the wooded area on the other side of the building and started asking questions about it. They called it the new woods and over many months the children took walks in the woods, played on logs and in dry creek beds. They conducted scientific inquires, took on some challenges, and indulged in dramatic play. At the beginning the preschoolers took photographs, sketched pictures, and collected artifacts while in the woods. Later they painted some amazing pictures and took walks with local experts to learn about the trees and insects. To culminate the project, they made an informational class book about all the things they had learned in the woods.
In the Woods Project, readers can find information and pictures illustrating the project. The anticipatory webs and other pieces are included as PDF files which are linked to Phase I, II, and III.
Life Science for Early Childhood
Acquisition of Vocabulary for Early Childhood
Reading Applications: Literary Text for Early Childhood
Scientific Inquiry for Early Childhood
Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities for Early Childhood
Scientific Ways of Knowing for Early Childhood
Social Studies Skills and Methods for Early Childhood
Writing Applications for Early Childhood
Dictate stories or produce simple stories using pictures, mock letters or words.
Writing Conventions for Early Childhood
Research for Early Childhood
Communication: Oral and Visual Early Childhood