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101 Things for Kids to do Outside

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Author/Publisher/Website: Isaac, D.
Copyright: 2016
Evaluation/Record Entry Date: Apr/2020
Submitting suppliers/Website: Not Available
Primary Identifier: 9781770857117
Recommended Grades and Subjects/Courses: K-3
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Resource Description

This easy-to-use resource encourages children to go outside, explore, and be creative in their play. It will engage students as they participate in outdoor projects, experiments, crafts, games, physical activity, and exploration. Projects vary from simple ones that require few supplies to longer, more elaborate projects needing adult support. The simple organization and bright, engaging visuals allow children to quickly locate activities, while teachers and parents can use it to encourage outdoor play or support outdoor classrooms. Useful for classroom libraries and home learning. Teacher or adult supervision recommended for some activities.

CURRICULUM FIT

Does the resource support BC curriculum?
Extensively
This product supports the Core Competencies of the BC curriculum:
Communication
Creative Thinking
Critical thinking
Positive Personal and Cultural Identity
Personal Awareness and Responsibility
Social Responsibility
Comments:
Jam-packed with activities for kids to do outside, this resource supports the BC curriculum in numerous ways. It lines up nicely with the K-3 PHE Big Idea, "Our physical, emotional, and mental health are interconnected" as well as the K-3 Arts Ed Big Ideas around art as a means of self expression and the interplay between exploration, inquiry, and purposeful choice. Many of the activities in this resource support the early primary Science concepts around the rhythms in nature and that living things have observable features and behaviours. The wide range of activities in this resource supports the exploration of all the Core Competencies, specifically communication and thinking.

SOCIAL CONSIDERATIONS

Ethical:
There are several activities which involve catching and studying live creatures, for example, crabbing, catching bugs, and racing snails.
Safety:
There are four plant-based activities (p. 37, p.47, p. 123, p. 169) where children must identify plants and utilize plant parts. In one case children are directly instructed to consume plant parts. On p. 37, "Grow a rainbow salad," children are encouraged to grow flowers and eat the flower heads. There is no guidance to avoid eating other flower heads or only flower heads identified by an adult. One activity (p. 169, "Collect Flower Seeds") is accompanied by a safety warning that some plant seeds can be poisonous and should not be consumed.
Do the social considerations support, rather than detract from, student learning?
Moderately
Social Considerations Comments:
This book employs a lot of common sense safety warnings throughout such as guiding readers to ask an adult before taking supplies from home, working with an adult for building projects or when hiking, and to use basic safety equipment like gloves or goggles. However, educators may wish to emphasize the importance of having an adult identify all plants before they are harvested and especially before they are consumed. Additionally, educators may wish to discuss the ethics and potential consequences of removing creatures from their habitats, even for a short time. Should these activities go ahead, close adult supervision will be required to ensure the creatures' well-being.

GENERAL CONTENT

Content
Is the resource engaging?
Extensively
Is the content current for the intended curriculum and grade?
Extensively
Is the content accurate for the intended curriculum and grade?
Extensively
Is the content timely and important for student broad understandings?
Extensively
Audience:
Is the content appropriate to the emotional maturity and cognitive level of students?
Extensively
Does the resource provide opportunities for creative and critical thinking?
Extensively
Can the content be differentiated?
Extensively
Can reading level be adjusted?
Not at all or slightly
Is the level of detail appropriate?
Extensively
Is the language use appropriate to the emotional maturity and cognitive level of students?
Extensively
Comments:
There is enough variety in the activities presented in this resource that most children will find something that grabs their attention. K-3 students will find activities that not only provide opportunities for fun, exploration, and wonder, but also connect with the BC curriculum. Older students will be inspired to get outside and explore in engaging, playful ways. While the reading level of this resource can't be adjusted, the colour photography that accompanies each activity scaffolds students' understanding.

TECHNICAL DESIGN

Does the resource make effective use of the medium?
Extensively
Is the location of illustrations appropriate?
Extensively
Is the resource easy to use?
Extensively
Is the use of font, text size and presentation uniform?
Extensively
Are extraneous elements/illustrations kept to a minimum?
Extensively
Comments:
This resource is well organized. It has a "Contents" page listing all activities, "About this Book" note from the author, an "Index," "Resources" page listing locations to obtain supplies, and a separate organization of activities called "Categories" where activities have been grouped by useful themes such as "Good for Parties" or "Good for Younger Children." The text is accompanied by full-colour photos and simple cartoons. There is uniform text throughout and all activities are explained in a consistent two-page layout. The book is easy for a reader to flip through or to quickly identify a group of activities to try from the "Categories" pages.

INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN

Is the resource suitable for a wide range of learning and teaching styles?
Moderately
Are the instructional elements consistent with the purpose of the resource?
Extensively
Are the concepts clearly explained?
Extensively
Are the content chunking and sequencing appropriate?
Moderately
Does the resource provide varied opportunities to demonstrate learning and extend thinking?
Extensively
Does the resource support the transfer of learning to personal or applied contexts?
Extensively
Comments:
While this resource has many connections to the BC curriculum and lines up well with a hands-on, holistic approach, it is not specifically designed for classroom use. The resource is designed to offer ideas and inspiration, and its organization serves that purpose. In this resource, readers will find creative, clearly-explained ideas that all hold an inherent flexibility. Readers will not find a clear-cut progression of lessons, ideas for differentiation, or assessment tools. Teachers will need to search for various activities that are relevant to the BC curriculum and weave the activities into the curricular concepts the students are working through.

PRINT CLASSROOM

Does the reference cover topics with sufficient depth for the intended audience?
Extensively
Are the subject area list and/or subtopics extensive?
Extensively
Does the resource broaden students’ experiences and understandings?
Extensively
Does the resource make effective use of visual elements?
Extensively
Are the images compelling?
Extensively
Descriptors:
Student research tools
Comments:
This resource is written as an easy-to-navigate handbook encouraging children to get outside and get creative in their play and exploration. There are a wide range of projects from the very simple ones (e.g. 'Sevensies' players bounce a ball against a wall) requiring few supplies to elaborate longer projects (e.g. 'Make a Log Walkway') requiring adult support. Suitable for individuals and groups, this resource is written for an audience of children and pokes a bit of fun at parents/adults throughout.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS

Readability:
Above intended grade level(s)
Comments:
101 Things for Kids to Do Outside is part of a series by Dawn Isaac. Other titles include: 101 Things for Kids to do on a Rainy Day (2016), 101 Brilliant Things for Kids to do with Science (May, 2020), 101 Things for Kids to Do: Screen Free (May, 2020).

SUGGESTED CLASSROOM USAGE

Comments:
Teachers, students, and families will be inspired with ideas for outdoor play by flipping through this resource. Teachers could choose a stand-alone activity, build a unit around a series of activities, or even just glean ideas for provocations to deepen students' nature play. In the hands of primary students, the full-page, colour photography of each activity will provide inspiration and motivation to head outside rain or shine. Teachers of older students might consider adding this resource to their classroom libraries to inspire non-fiction reading and wonder with older kids. This would be a useful resource for teachers to recommend that families check out to support home learning.
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