Spring Survival Tip #7: Give In And Go Outside

I'm linking up with the fantastic teachers at Secondary Smorgasbord for this post!

What's my seventh spring survival tip for teachers? I'm suggesting you give in and go outside! Your students will thank you, and there are SO MANY ways you can conduct low-tech but highly relevant lessons that cover social studies, English language arts, and more. Click through to read my suggestions!


Seven more weeks (and counting) until that glorious time of year called summer break is upon us. Next week is my school system's Spring Break, so the excitement is palpable. And (minus this morning's torrential downpour) the weather is seductive.

If you've missed my Spring Survival Tips, Countdown to Summer Break, so far, check out #9 here and #8 here. They're technological in nature, but this week's tip is all about nature.

What's my seventh spring survival tip for teachers? I'm suggesting you give in and go outside! Your students will thank you, and there are SO MANY ways you can conduct low-tech but highly relevant lessons that cover social studies, English language arts, and more. Click through to read my suggestions!
Being inside is torture when it's 70 degrees and sunny outside, and that's such a small window here in Georgia. By the time school's out, temperatures will be approaching 90 with humidity so thick that no one with air conditioning will want to go outside.

So it's important to give into the fleeting siren-call of spring while we still can and enjoy the outdoors.

Which leads me to Spring Survival Tip #7....

Give In and Go Outside!

Outside ventures lend themselves to low-tech lessons. Throughout my years as a secondary teacher, I have taught both English and social studies--both middle and high school. Here are five of my favorite outdoor activities.

What's my seventh spring survival tip for teachers? I'm suggesting you give in and go outside! Your students will thank you, and there are SO MANY ways you can conduct low-tech but highly relevant lessons that cover social studies, English language arts, and more. Click through to read my suggestions!


What's my seventh spring survival tip for teachers? I'm suggesting you give in and go outside! Your students will thank you, and there are SO MANY ways you can conduct low-tech but highly relevant lessons that cover social studies, English language arts, and more. Click through to read my suggestions!In honor of National Poetry Month, coming up in April, why not have your students write poems about nature?

Picture Nature Haikus decorated with clover and blades of grass, a cinquain  composed on a five-petaled flower, Odes to Nature....You get the idea.

What's my seventh spring survival tip for teachers? I'm suggesting you give in and go outside! Your students will thank you, and there are SO MANY ways you can conduct low-tech but highly relevant lessons that cover social studies, English language arts, and more. Click through to read my suggestions!Grab a wiffle ball set, and head down to the baseball field (or the school's front lawn). Divide the class into two teams (this one is fun if you can combine with another class). Students must earn a turn at bat by answering a question correctly (borrow a cordless microphone from the drama department if you can, so the questions and answers can be heard by all).

Play according to the rules of baseball, except they earn a turn at bat for a correct answer and score a point each time a player crosses home plate.

What's my seventh spring survival tip for teachers? I'm suggesting you give in and go outside! Your students will thank you, and there are SO MANY ways you can conduct low-tech but highly relevant lessons that cover social studies, English language arts, and more. Click through to read my suggestions!I use this one in sociology for culture, groups, and socialization, but why not have students hunt for examples of their vocabulary words? Or give the students clues and hide answers to guided notes around the school campus (an entertaining way to take notes). I only use scavenger hunts with classes I can trust!


What's my seventh spring survival tip for teachers? I'm suggesting you give in and go outside! Your students will thank you, and there are SO MANY ways you can conduct low-tech but highly relevant lessons that cover social studies, English language arts, and more. Click through to read my suggestions!On a chart, flipbook, or foldable, have students find examples of figurative language in nature. For example, "The sun smiled warmly on me," "The flowers smell as sweet as honey," "The sky is a blue sea with tufts of white foam...." You get the idea. Take colored pencils outside, and have the students illustrate their work.


What's my seventh spring survival tip for teachers? I'm suggesting you give in and go outside! Your students will thank you, and there are SO MANY ways you can conduct low-tech but highly relevant lessons that cover social studies, English language arts, and more. Click through to read my suggestions!These are my favorite because they are appropriate for any subject, and they introduce students to multiple books. Take the students outside to read and discuss their books. It's as simple as that, and more engaging because they're outside.



Do you ever have class outside? What are some things you do? Leave a comment below to let me know.

I'll be taking next week off for spring break, but be sure to check back in two weeks for Spring Survival Tip #6!

What's my seventh spring survival tip for teachers? I'm suggesting you give in and go outside! Your students will thank you, and there are SO MANY ways you can conduct low-tech but highly relevant lessons that cover social studies, English language arts, and more. Click through to read my suggestions!
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12 comments

  1. Leah, you're a teacher after my own heart. We made it a daily habit to go outside for a lap around the playground between math and ELA. Some ran, some walked, but to be outside was the best. It was hard to have class discussions outside- too noisy, but they loved to read out there. Great ideas!

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  2. Thanks, Pamela! I always feel better outside, and so do the kidos.

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  3. Loved! Loved! Loved taking kids outside for class in the springtime! The spring air is so inspiring! Great ideas for organized play, too!

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  4. Thanks, Michele! I LOVE being outside as much as my students!

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  5. We are studying figurative language right now, so the idea of taking the students outside to find examples is perfect! Plus, it gives me ideas for more crafty ideas! :)

    -Lisa
    Mrs. Spangler in the Middle

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    1. Lisa, the outdoors lends itself to writing inspiration. :)

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  6. Leah,
    These are such a terrific ideas, especially the poetry one since poetry and nature are a go-to match made by Erato and Mother Nature .. Also Haikus and cinquains create such awesome word pictures.

    Connie

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    1. Thanks, Connie! And Haikus and cinquains aren't intimidating for the kids.

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  7. Leah,
    I love your list of activities to do outside! I used to have my students play a review kickball game much like your baseball game. It was always so much fun going outside:)

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  8. I love these ideas! Thank you for sharing them.

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