Nature in the Classroom

Nature in the Classroom is a multidisciplinary science-based curriculum for 4th and 5th graders in the Puget Sound region. The curriculum brings the rich diversity of Puget Sound's natural history into the classroom using teaching specimens from the Slater Museum of Natural History, University of Puget Sound. Students will gain an appreciation for and familiarity with the natural world as they practice observation skills and study structure, function, adaptations and interactions among species. The lessons were designed in consultation with the Tacoma School District to ensure they meet 4th and 5th grade science standards.

About the Nature in the Classroom Kits

Important Documents and Help!

Lesson 1: Wild Things Nature Journals — Naturalists-in-Training

Lesson 2: Urban Bird Diversity — Birdiversity!

Lesson 3: Tooth Sleuth — Tacoma Mammal Puzzler

Beyond the Classroom: Continued Science Learning at Home and Beyond

 

Washington State Science Standards Emphasized in "Nature in the Classroom"

Biodiversity

Scientific Thinking Skills

4-5 LS 1A: Plants and animals
can be sorted according to their structures and behaviors.

4-5 LS1B: Each animal has different structures and behaviors that serve different functions.

4-5 LS1D: Plants and animals have structures and behaviors
that respond to internal needs.

 

4-5 INQA: Scientific investigations involve asking and answering questions and comparing the answers with evidence from the real world.

4-5 INQD: Investigations involve systematic collection and recording of relevant observations and data.

4-5 INQH: Scientists communicate the results of their investigations verbally and in writing.  They review and ask questions about the results of other scientists' work.

Next Generation Science Standards Emphasized in "Nature in the Classroom"

4-LS1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes

Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.