"Today my belief in an integrated learning experience for my students remains resolute. I am confident that such an experience can be developed within the context of the ever-shifting state and federal learning standards. I am convinced that nature study is the child-centered program that can integrate critical thinking skills in science, mathematics, and language arts." - Laurie rubin
In Laurie Rubin's book To Look Closely: Science and Literacy in the Natural World, Rubin reflects on what she learned by taking her second grade students outdoors for weekly stream study excursions. Rubin taught first and second grade in Ithaca, New York for 23 years. In To Look Closely, Rubin chronicles a year of experiences at the stream. She shares strategies for teaching outdoors, and discusses how to integrate the skills students acquire through nature study into every subject.
The Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California, Berkeley developed the Full Option Science System (FOSS) curriculum. The FOSS program offers science notebook resources for teachers designed for grades K-2, grades 3-6, and middle school.
This collection of resources provides inspiration and strategies for teachers to support outdoor learning opportunities.