Trees are a popular topic of nature study. In our experience, though, most studies tend to revolve around deciduous trees, while cone-bearing trees sit quietly in the background. Not any longer! This unit is a jam-packed resource for learning all sorts of wonderful information about mighty conifers.
Do you know why conifers have thin, waxy leaves? Where are their seeds housed? Why don’t conifers produce flowers – or do they? What’s the difference between a conifer and an evergreen? These questions, and so many more, are answered through fun investigations.
During nature walks, you’ll complete in-depth investigations about all parts of conifers including cones, leaves, branches, sap and more. You’ll search for evidence of insects, animals, fungi and disease, and even have the opportunity to get some hands-on math experience!
Indoors we’ll keep you busy with ideas for dissection, making models, creating graphs, making crafts, mapping forest types, researching the logging industy, writing your own stories and so much more! Sixteen notebooking pages are included, too!
Even if you’ve completed an in-depth study of deciduous trees, there’s still a great deal to learn about the world of conifers. Don’t miss this study!
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60 pages, e-book
“Good solid science instruction is also included in this download. Scientific terms are introduced in a narrative format with clear definitions used to explain the concepts. Numerous ideas to enhance nature walks are sure to entice even a reluctant child to go outdoors and explore God’s Creation.” Read the entire review from The Heart of the Matter team!
“Nature study is something my family has only been doing for a few months now. When I began looking for something to hold my hand as we jumped into the nature study waters I came across the NaturExplorers series by Shining Dawn Books. These downloadable unit studies were just what I needed.” Read entire review from Tristan at The Curriculum Choice!
The NaturExplorers unit studies are electronic books (e-books). Immediately upon checkout, you will receive an email containing your PDF download. Please check your junk mail folder if the download doesn’t arrive in your inbox. You may email Cindy at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions regarding your purchase.
Links to art, artists, composers, compositions, poetry and literature suggestions:
Artist and Picture Study – Henri Rousseau
Robert Frost – Dust of Snow
Henry Abbey – What Do We Plant?
Joyce Kilmer – Trees
Recommended Books and Such
These are links to specific titles that we have suggested where we ask you to do your own internet search because of copyright. We’re hoping this will be an acceptable compromise! There are often other books we have suggested to go along with the art, composer or poetry suggestions. They are already included in the “recommended book” section, so we chose not to link them again.
As always, if you come across a great link or additional idea for any of these areas, please let us know and we’ll add it right away!
Check out the supplemental activities I’ve pinned to go-along with Constant Conifers!