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Seeds to Forest: Home School Edition

ReForest London has developed an online, home version of our “Seeds to Forest” tree and nature education program, with a selection of hands-on, at-home activities, broken down into two broad age categories: K-3 and 4-8. Some activities are designed to be done independently by kids, while others can be done with the help of an adult.  Themes include:

  • activity worksheets focused on nature and the environment
  • learning how to choose a tree for your yard
  • simple tree identification
  • backyard DIY soil testing 
  • invasive species activities 
  • species-at-risk poster creation
  • wildlife watching activities
  • backyard habitat assessment (how to create backyard habitat)
  • backyard tree care & health assessments

 

There are extra activities for younger students including colouring sheets, word searches and nature based crafts.

 

Activities can be done in your local park or your backyard, and all are welcome to participate. 

 

How will it work?

We will send out a weekly newsletter with a few activities included. Parents or teachers can sign up to receive our activity newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/gZGaa9. New activities will also be posted to our website each week.

 

Survey opportunity- How well does your child connect with the environment? Participate in a survey HERE .    

 

Keep checking back for more resources! 

Activities:

 

Kindergarten - Grade 3

Neighbourhood Bingo - simple bingo sheet you can do oustide in your yard or neighbourhood. (PDF)

My Tree Book- Think about a tree in your yard, or nearby on your street. Bring your paper and pencil with you to the tree and learn a bit more about it. (PDF)

Take a Walk with Nature- Take a walk in nature and think about what nature means to you, then see how nature affects your senses! (PDF)

The Lorax- Read, watch, or listen to The Lorax by Dr. Seuss. Complete the pollution activities and make a pledge to protect the Earth. (PDF)

Animal Bingo- Take a look outside your window or in a nearby park for some of these common Ontario animals. Can you guess which ones are native and which ones are non-native? (PDF)

Parts of a Tree- Use the diagram to label the parts of the tree, then match the tree part to the correct definition. (PDF)

Comparing Flowers and Trees- What are the differences between flowers and trees? Read the fact, then mark whether it is true for flowers, trees, or both. Draw us your favorite flower and tree you have seen over the past few weeks (PDF)

Spring Colour Bingo- Walk around your neighbourhood looking for these spring colours as the flowers and leaves begin to emerge (PDF)

Grade 4 - 8

Celebrating Biodiversity- learning about how connected our environrment is. (PDF) 

Web of Life- Explore the forest ecosystem and the food webs that connect organisms to each other. (PDF) 

Where Does Our Wood Come From? Part 1- Learn about the many uses of trees for all sorts of everyday materials and products. (PDF) Instructions and Activity Sheet.

Learning About Photosynthesis- Learn all about how plants make their own food! Look at the picture to help you fill in the blanks at the bottom of the page.(PDF)

Where Does Our Wood Come From? Part 2- Learn about the many uses of trees for all sorts of everyday materials and products. There are two sheets for this activity, the Instructions and the Activity Sheet

Not Wanted Poster- Research an invasive species in Ontario. Create a 'Wild West' style poster - showing the species that is NOT wanted - get creative! Share photos of your poster with us after (PDF) 

Kitchen Landfill- Even though a garbage truck takes your family's household garbage away, it never really goes away. Lets examine what effect all the waste we create has on nature (PDF)

Crafts and Fun Activities

Forest Animals Colouring Page-  After a walk through your local park or after spending some time in your backyard, did you see any of the animals in this colouring sheet? Colour in this activity sheet and share your finished artwork with us on Facebook! (PDF)

Tree Guardian Poster (Team version) - Help spread the word that a Tree Guardian lives in your neighborhood! You can use one of our poster templates or use the blank poster to create your own! (PDF)

Tree Guardian Poster (girl version) (PDF)

Tree Guardian Poster (boy version) (PDF)

Tree Guardian Poster (blank version) (PDF)

Recycling Critter Craft-  Spring is the time when all the creepy crawly little creatures come out to explore. This Egg Carton Caterpillar is a fun and easy project that recycles old egg cartons. (PDF)

Tree Word Search-   How many trees and tree related words can you find in this word search (PDF)

Pinecone Bird Feeder Craft (PDF)

The Lorax Colouring Sheet- What words of inspiration do you think the Lorax would want to say to your neighborhood? (PDF)

Painted rock collection - Painted rocks have become one of the most addictive crafts for kids and adults! Grab your acrylic paints,  a bottle of Mod Podge, a few paint brushes, and have fun creating forest animals or insects! (PDF)

Backyard Scavenger Hunt- Take this one page backyard scavenger hunt outside and see how many of these natural items you can find? (PDF)
 
Sunset Watch- Go outside, or to your window, a little before the sun is supposed to set. Do you see any different animals moving around during twilight? (PDF)

 

Contact us: 

You can connect with us on our Seeds to Forest: Home School Edition Facebook page or through email at schools@reforestlondon.ca.

 We would like to thank our funders for making this program possible: