Adapted to Survive: Exploring Plants through Nature Journaling
Explore the wild world of plants on a virtual adventure in the UCLA Botanical Garden. Be a scientist and create observations from home in your own nature journal!
Nature exists all around us, waiting for us to notice and appreciate it. Living in an urban environment can sometimes distract us from all the remarkable living things that also call our city home. This virtual field trip serves to engage students with the captivating world of plants and then invite them to observe plants through the practice of nature journaling. This practice develops skills in inquiry, observation, mindfulness, and interpretation.
Students will discuss what a scientist is and practice making their own observations and questions about the natural world around them. They will consider unique characteristics/traits plants have adapted to survive in the context of the larger ecosystem. Students will utilize art and writing to document plants and reflect on the function of characteristics they notice. They will explore the therapeutic mindfulness practice of nature journaling.
What is science? • Five senses • Connection to nature • Observations skills • Reflective journaling • Ecology • Plant biology • Biomes • Adaptation • Mindfulness
• Access to internet connection and a device to join the class
• Writing utensil (pencil, colored pencils)
Teacher Lesson Plan
Download a PDF lesson plan here.