Nature Journal

Formative Assessments: Reader's & Writer's Notebook

A nature journal is both a visual and a written record of your observations and thoughts. Before you head outside, keep in mind these nature journaling tips and tricks...


Think Small

Focus on something that could fit in the palm of your hand. Detail will be more easily captured and observed this way.


Structure

Check out the vein structure of a leaf or the limb structure of a tree. Are the limbs opposite each other or do they alternate? Check out the edge of a leaf. Is it smooth or toothed?


Lean on Me

Carry something to lean on so you can make notes to hold on to your thinking until you can access your Google-Drive and write up your nature journal entry.


Focus

Find one thing to focus on at a time. Like that tree? Focus on a branch and then focus in on a leaf on that branch.


Capture Your Focus Point

Sketch or photograph your nature journal focus point. Use a smart phone or camera to capture your nature journal focus or to digitize a sketch . Upload directly from your phone or camera to your Google Drive and then insert the image into your notebook.


Click here to view a sample.


Ready to complete your own Nature Journal?

This year, we will complete three nature journals.


First, select the journal for the appropriate season. Then click on "File" and select "Make a Copy"


Next, rename the document (just delete the word "copy" and keep the rest). Lastly, save it to your Reader's & Writer's Notebook, located in your course folder.