Friday, June 6, 2014

Alphabet Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger hunts are fun - and they sharpen our observation skills. Here's one that connects science to literacy: an alphabet scavenger hunt. Go for a walk around your neighborhood, or a nearby park, or the school yard ... and find something for each letter of the alphabet.

Sounds simple enough. But things in nature get complicated, depending on how we see things. For example: how would you tag this "find"? Would you call it a
  • D for dandelion, or
  • S for seed, or
  • P for parachute, or
  • M for milky sap?

And what about this guy? Is it:
  • I for insect, or
  • D for dragonfly?
  • B for blue, or
  • V for wing veins? 
 Then there's this one:
  • F for fungus? 
  • N for nibbled?
  • S for smooth? 
  • G for gills (they're underneath)
So many ways to see things...

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    1. What a great idea! I might have to try this with my kiddos.

    2. Love this idea! And I love the way each thing can been see from so many different perspectives. It keeps life so interesting!

      1. It's amazing what you can think of when you're desperate to find all the letters of the alphabet!

    3. Sounds like a great summer activity. Thanks!

    4. Rosi - it is. I just went out today to look at my poppies and was thinking: P for poppies, and for petals. And G for Georgia O'Keefe whose poppy paintings inspired me to look closer.