How to Teach Nature Journaling

How to Teach Nature Journaling : Curiosity, Wonder, Attention

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Expanding on the philosophy and methods of The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling, John Muir Laws and Emilie Lygren have developed the first-ever comprehensive book devoted to helping educators use nature journaling as an inspiring teaching tool to engage young people with wild places. In their workshops Laws and Lygren are often asked the how-tos of teaching nature journaling: how to manage student groups in the outdoors, teach drawing skills (especially from those who profess to have none), connect journaling to educational standards, and incorporate journaling into longer lessons. This book puts together curriculum plans, advice, and in-the-field experience so that educators of all stripes can leap into journaling with their students. The approaches are designed to work in a range of ecosystems and settings, and are suitable for classroom teachers, outdoor educators, camp counselors, and homeschooling parents. Full-color illustrations and sample journal pages from notable naturalists show how to put each lesson into practice. Field-tested by over a hundred educators, this book includes dozens of activities that easily support the Common Core and the Next Generation Science Standards-and, just as important, it will show kids and mentors alike how to recognize the wonder and intrigue in their midst.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 296 pages
  • 216 x 279 x 17.78mm | 952.54g
  • Berkeley, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1597144908
  • 9781597144902
  • 51,503

Table of contents

TABLE OF CONTENTS


Foreword by Amy Tan


INTRODUCTION

Why We Teach Nature Journaling

Why Nature Journaling?

You Can Do This, and It Is Worth It
MANAGING THE OUTDOOR CLASSROOM


Taking Students Outside

How to Lead Journaling Activities

Nature Journaling In Different Contexts
THE NATURE JOURNAL QUICKSTART GUIDE


NATURE JOURNALING ACTIVITIES

GETTING STARTED: INTRODUCTORY JOURNALING TECHNIQUES AND ACTIVITIES

Use Words, Pictures, and NumbersMix It Up

I NOTICE, I WONDER, IT REMINDS ME OF

MY SECRET PLANT

TO EACH ITS OWN

COMPARISON

ZOOM IN, ZOOM OUT
OBSERVATION AND NATURAL HISTORY

Look Big, Look Small

Make Comparisons and Study Categories

Get Lost in Wonder

COLLECTION OR FIELD GUIDE

TIMELINE

STRING SAFARI

ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS

SPECIES ACCOUNT

FOREST KARAOKE: TRANSCRIBING BIRDSONG

SOUNDSCAPE MAPS


INQUIRY, INVESTIGATION, AND SCIENTIFIC THINKING

Intentional Curiosity and Inquiry

The Crosscutting Concepts

Who, What, Where, When, How, and Why

International Baccalaureate Key Concepts

How Do You Answer Your Questions?

Ask Questions and Think Like a Scientist

Practiced Precision

Nature Puzzles

Follow Curiosity Chains

MYSTERIES AND EXPLANATIONS

QUESTIONING QUESTIONS

MAPPING

LANDSCAPE CROSS SECTION

PHENOMENON MODEL

TEAM OBSERVATION


WORDS: ARTICULATED THOUGHT AND STORYTELLING

Writing

Find Poems within and around You

Reflect, Connect, and Find Joy

Practice Scientific Storytelling

What Pictures Cannot Show

WRITING TO OBSERVE, WRITING TO THINK

EVENT COMIC

EVENT MAP

POETRY OF PLACE AND MOMENT

SIT SPOT


PICTURES: DRAWING AND VISUAL THINKING

Drawing

Observational Drawing, Step-by-Step

Building New Skills: Basic Drawing Exercises

Drawing Tricks and Tips: Instruction for Students

Page Structure and Layout

THINK WITH PICTURES

BALANCING FLEXIBILTY AND STRUCTURE

LOOK, AND LOOK AGAIN

INSIDE OUT

NATURE BLUEPRINTS

INFOGRAPHIC

PHOTO, PENCIL, AND FOUND-OBJECT COLLAGE


NUMBERS: QUANTIFICATION AND MATHEMATICAL THINKING

Numbers and Quantification

Making Quantification Tool Kits

SHOW WHERE THE NUMBERS COME FROM

USE NUMBERS TO FIND THE PATTERN

HIDDEN FIGURES

BIODIVERSITY INVENTORY

TIMED OBSERVATIONS

CHANGE OVER TIME


INCORPORATING JOURNALING INTO LESSONS, FRAMEWORKS, AND ASSESSMENTS

Journaling Over Time

Developing Skills: Ideas, Practice, and Feedback

Grading and Evaluation

Evaluation Rubric

From Activities to Longer Lessons

Journaling and Education Standards

Teaching Science and Inquiry: A Deeper Dive


FINAL THOUGHTS


APPENDICES

Tools and Materials

Activity Summaries and Possible Phenomena

NGSS Connections

Evaluation Rubric

Cut-and-Paste Nature Journal Essentials

Cut-and-Paste Quantification Tool Kit


Notes


Acknowledgements


About the Naturalist Journal Contributors


About the Authors
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Review quote

"From the beginning of time, we have been connected to nature, but for the first time in history, that connection threatens to be broken for most of an entire generation and perhaps generations to come. In this book and this work, I find hope. Laws and Lygren have created a powerful and practical resource for teachers to help children and adults discover, explore, love, and protect the natural world around them. Nature is magic, and everyone needs it."-Robert Bateman, artist and naturalist


"Engaging students in learning about nature is a compelling need in these turbulent times. Just as important is communicating clearly, precisely, and truthfully. Naturalists and educators John Muir Laws and Emilie Lygren help teachers achieve these goals with How to Teach Nature Journaling. This is a wonderful response to educators' request for meaningful ways to implement contemporary standards. The book is useful, full of activities, and manageable for classroom teachers."-Rodger W. Bybee, Executive Director, BSCS Science Learning (Retired)


"Imagine if every teacher taught nature journaling, every student spent enough time outside to fill a journal each year, and our kids were becoming writers, artists, and scientists all at once. I'd send my kid to that school. Thanks to Emilie Lygren and Jack Laws, we now have the vision and the tools to make this our reality."-Craig Strang, Associate Director of Lawrence Hall of Science


"The writing, the illustrations, the demonstration of an intentional, informative, and wonderfully educational approach to nature journal writing-it's all here. From field activities with clear examples to an inquiry-based approach to learning, this book is a gem for educators, first-time journalers, and for the experienced naturalist as well. It's art, it's writing, it's education, it's science, naturally so."-Jose Gonzalez, Founder of Latino Outdoors


"Here is a natural way for parents and teachers to integrate the beauty and mystery of nature into the lives of children. The book itself is a work of art."-Richard Louv, author of Our Wild Calling and Last Child in the Woods

"Nature journaling is the single most valuable tool and skill a teacher can possess and use to move the Next Generation Science Standards and environmental literacy forward in their school. You need to do this!"-Rob Wade, Science & Outdoor Education Coordinator, Plumas Unified School District/Plumas County of Education


"This book beautifully demonstrates how nature journaling is a valuable, multidimensional approach to science. Through this work, students build neural pathways that enable different brain regions to communicate with each other, resulting in more flexible thinking and creative problem solving in all areas of life. This approach to nature journaling also offers students an excellent way to learn and practice a growth mindset through nature and science."-Jo Boaler, Professor of Education and Equity, Stanford University; co-founder and faculty director of youcubed.org; and author of several books including Mathematical Mindsets and Limitless Mind


"Charlotte Mason said that 'where science does not teach a child to wonder and admire it has perhaps no educative value.' John Muir Laws and Emilie Lygren have filled their book with the tools of nature journaling that can help us all get outdoors to wonder at and admire the nature around us. What a gift their book is!"-J. Carroll Smith, EdD, Founder of the Charlotte Mason Institute, Professor of Education (Retired)


"In How to Teach Nature Journaling, educators get best practices for facilitating intentional and inclusive strategies for nature journaling with students. This can spark a lifelong wonder of the natural world."-Arvolyn Hill, Coordinator of Family Programs, Children's Adventure Garden at the New York Botanical Garden


"How to Teach Nature Journaling offers step-by-step processes to reach all learners through shared experience. This can be a transformative way for students to learn to communicate and express how they view the natural world."-Michelle Peres, Environmental Educator, NatureBridge
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About John Muir Laws

John (Jack) Muir Laws is a scientist, educator, and author, who helps people forge a deeper and more personal connection with nature through keeping illustrated nature journals and understanding science. His work combines science, art, and mindfulness. He observes the world with rigorous attention, looks for mysteries, plays with ideas, and seeks connections in all he sees. Jack teaches techniques that make, observation, curiosity, and creative thinking a part of everyday life. Visit his website at johnmuirlaws.com. Facilitator, author, educator, and poet Emilie Lygren has cowritten dozens of outdoor science publications with the award-winning BEETLES Project and has published poems in a range of literary journals. Visit her website at: emilielygren.com.
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