Activity Bank - Water we waiting for?
Paper or student workbooks
Colouring materials such as markers or crayons
Foam seating pads
Twenty minutes to one hour, depending on proximity of water
Walk with students as a class to a nearby body of water. Explain that they students are going to spend some time outside observing and enjoying a natural environment. This activity will be most meaningful to students if they spend some time on their own, so they should pick a spot to relax away from their friends they usually chat with.
Give students a seating pad and tell them to find a comfortable spot near the water. The teacher should define a boundary limit, and also inform the students of where he or she will be in case the students need anything/become uncomfortable at any time.
Ask students to sit and listen to the sounds, smell the scents and see the views by the water for a short period of time. After they have had a chance to familiarize themselves with their immediate surroundings, suggest that they draw or write anything that comes into their heads. After about fifteen to twenty minutes collect the students and have a brief rendezvous near the water.
Ask students how they enjoyed their quiet time. If anyone in the group has anything to share, such as writing, illustrations or thoughts from the experience, it is best done while still outside rather than in the classroom.