The Pacific Northwest is known for its abundance of conifers and winter is a great time to study them! Students learn the differences between conifers and broadleaf plants, and why not all cones are pine cones.
In this outdoor lesson, students observe the ecology of the forest; learning about the layers of the forest (forest floor, herbaceous layer, shrub layer, understory, and canopy), then participating in a “sit spot” & drawing activity.
This activity fosters students’ sense of curiosity and can be done indoors, outdoors, or a combination of the two. Students view a virtual presentation, then bring an activity sheet outdoors, looking for a variety of natural objects.