Answering WyzAnt's question: What are my favorite outdoor educational activities?

As a literature teacher, my favorite activity ever (bonus that it's educational) is reading in a setting that lends itself well to the book you are reading. In the case of literature, the possibilities are only limited to what's available. One of my favorite memories from last summer was reading Dracula on a back lit Kindle at twilight in my front yard, while bats swooped around above me and the moon rose. Some other fantastic matches?
             1. Secret Garden in a botanical garden, or sitting in the middle of your own garden at home or a friend's
             2. Paradise Lost in the same setting, but maybe around eight or nine o'clock, in that last hour of readable light, when the light starts to fade and shadows grow longer and take over the landscape
             3. Inferno (by Dante Alighieri) in a dark wood (without bug spray, if you really want to relate to the tortured souls)
             4. Some of the stories from Metamorphoses (by Ovid) on a river bank (preferably with few traces of mankind, like Henderson Park or Harmon Partridge Park here in Owosso)
             5. Lord of the Flies on a forested island (equally uninhabited, like the Metamorphoses river bank). 
             6. Animal Farm or Charlotte's Web in a barn
Do some of these sound cliche? Perhaps they are. But I can still think of no better way to immerse yourself in a story and really connect to the mood of the story than to activate all of your senses, not just your eyes in reading.
In History, there are at least a few things you could be doing with little green army men (found at Springrove Variety here in Owosso), string, labeled pieces of paper, pins, and sidewalk chalk:
              1. Re-enact battles in your lawn (don't have a lawn? Go to the park). The string works as a direction of what strategies and formations were used.
              2. Draw maps with sidewalk chalk
              3. Make a family tree of Tantalus or Henry VIII on a tree using string as direction, paper as the label, and pins to keep your labels in place (if you feel bad about sticking pins in a living thing, use some string to tie your labels to branches instead). If you like to climb trees, then climb on up, choosing what you believe to be appropriate branches for the next branches in your family tree. (Please be safe though!)

For all of these, take a picture so you'll have a reference in the future!


Jessica W.

Jessica the Future Student Teacher- English, History, some Music

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