A guide to Nature's Classroom for Students Written by: Jessica Anne
Sometimes it can be hard for students to get outdoors and learn about nature, especially if they live in a big city or they simply don't have access to parks and recreation areas. One disadvantage of the growth of cities and metropolitan areas has been that nature gets disrupted and wild animals have been forced to go elsewhere. With the expansion of sidewalks, stores and other buildings, trees and flowers are also not as plentiful. Most students learn in science and biology how to identify certain types of insects, leaves or birds. When they do not have access to nature that provides these living things for exploration, they can turn to their computers for help in learning how to identify different kinds of species.
- All About Birds
- Animal Diversity Web
- A Walk in the Forest
- All About Insects
- Discover Life
- Why Leaves Change Color
- Carbon Dioxide and the Greenhouse Effect
- A Guide to Common Edible Wild Plants
There are some facets of nature the growth of cities doesn't directly affect. Students can still learn about things like weather and meteorology by going outdoors. There are other areas of meteorology they would probably much rather never have to experience. It is certainly much safer to learn about natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes while indoors. Advances in technology, along with interactive websites and videos can help students learn all about weather and climate-related issues. They can even learn about climate change and global warming which scientists are talking about every day. Students even have the ability to learn about climate and weather in other parts of the world without ever having to leave their homes or schools. Besides weather and meteorology, students can also learn about subjects like physics, chemistry, aerodynamics and flight which all correlate with nature.
- Lightning: The Shocking Story
- About Doppler Radar
- Photos from Scientists in the Antarctic
- Introduction to High Impact Meteorology
- Natural Disasters Educational Videos, Lessons and Games
- Dynamics of Flight
- Everyday Physics
- Try Science
Other fun things to learn about in the classroom are Earth sciences and geology. There are many types of experiments that can be done indoors when learning about volcanic activity, plate tectonics, fossils, and ecosystems. One of the most fascinating topics in nature is how the Earth was formed and how living forms came to being on Earth. It seems every student is fascinated with the now extinct dinosaurs that used to roam in places all over the world. What happened to them? Why did they become extinct? These are questions that can get answered by learning about the history of the Earth and how ecosystems and different kinds of energy were created and why they are both so important in today's world. Another subject having to do with nature that students can learn about in the classroom is one of the hottest topics today - energy. By studying the origins of the Earth, students can learn how natural forms of energy sustained us throughout the years and how important our natural energy resources are. They can learn about modern forms of energy as well, such as electricity and how natural energy was used in its discovery.
- Volcano Under the City Classroom Activity
- Interactive's Dynamic Earth
- Prehistoric Life and Fossils
- Rock Cycle in Chocolate Lab
- Energy Story
- Explorations Through Time
- Solar Energy Basics
- Basic Information about Estuaries
- Map of the Flow of Energy in Ecosystems
There are many ways teachers can help their students learn about nature right in their own classrooms. They will find they don't necessarily have to be outdoors or go on field trips if they are not an option. Students can have just as much fun in learning about the world around them by going on the computer and finding engaging, interactive websites from which to learn. Many websites have fun experiments to try in the classroom on a variety of nature subjects. It is truly amazing that students can learn how to identify different types of leaves, rocks, animals and other species right on the computer. At one time students were limited as to what types of trees and flowers they could learn about because they only had access to certain species of plant life. Now thanks to the Internet, they can learn about different types of plant and animal life in places around the world. It really is a fun and amazing time to learn all about nature.