BRETT ANGEL JOURNAL
Week One Journal
Monday

Book- Hug a Tree This activity was done to help kids identify with nature rather than just knowing it exists. They each found their own tree around Kelsey Creek and hugged it. They found what type of tree it was and made a journal with its measurement around, characteristics of it, and their favorite part about it such as the leaves, color, or bark. They took a leaf sample to put in their journal.

Craft- This activity was to teach kids how to tell how old a tree is. They observed several cross sections of trees and practiced counting the rings. Then they finger painted a tree and made their own tree ring to date it.

Book- Project Learning Tree

An interactive game that teaches children that trees have special conditions they need in order to live and grow. It also teaches kids how trees have to sometimes compete for their needs.

Tuesday

Book- Hug a Tree and Forests of Washington

This activity asks kids to collect and examine "dirt" from different areas to see the effects human activities have on the soil. They took a walk all around Kelsey Creek and collected different samples from areas such as the creek, stables, garden, goat stalls, and woods. They then collected a soil sample from home and compared it to that of the farm. They added water to the jar of soil and we talked about the different layers that separated.

Craft- The kids made a poster about how you could take better care of the earth. They drew and painted pictures depicting things they could do to better the areas that were damaged. Ideas included recycling, picking up litter, and reducing water use.

Book- Hug a Tree

This activity gets kids familiar with items in nature. They went on a scavenger hunt and collected small things such as twigs, berries, helicopter leaves, etc. They played a game like Bingo where they made a master board and then picked from a grab bag to fill up the squares of their own game boards. I emphasized the relationship between the items found.

Wednesday

Book- Project Learning Tree

The kids went on a Safari to learn about habitats. They went to nearby places looking for signs of animal life and observing their habitats. I referred to the items looked at earlier in the week from our nature-identifying activity and asked the kids why these habitats were suitable for the animals.

Game- They listed different animals and their habitats. They played charades where one person had to act out an animal and the others had to guess what it was and the habitat it lived in.

Book- Hug a Tree

Craft- They made a mini habitat. They had a wood slab and glued down sand, rocks, moss, and twigs. They were encouraged to put the collage outside to see the effects of nature on the rocks and moss.

Thursday

Book- Project Learning Tree

They gathered and had placed in front of them many different types of seeds. They sorted the seeds and classified them and talked about how they disperse and what part they play in plant growth.

They made pocket seeds using lima beans, a wet paper towel, and a plastic bag. They made observations of it and drew the different stages it went through. They also planted some mystery seeds and have been observing trying to guess what is growing.

Craft- They made a seed collage by gluing down different kinds of seeds inside a flower template.

Friday

Book- Forests of Washington

We talked about different layers of the forest. We went on hike and looked at the different layers like the canopy, forest floor, and under story. We talked about what kinds of things you would find in each layer and what kinds of animals would live there. We collected some samples from different layers.

Craft- We came back and painted a big mural of the forest and added some of the things we collected. We labeled the layers and made animals out of paint and construction paper and glued them into the layers in which they live.

I arranged for a ranger come as a guest speaker and talk to the kids about the animals in the forest, and she brought animals she had rescued and was nursing back to health.

Book- Forests of Washington

We took an imagination field trip where I read a story about a bald eagle and had them close their eyes and imagine things in the story along the eagle’s journey.

Summary of Week One
Overall, it went really well. The children enjoyed the material and the crafts helped keep the children’s attention focused on what I was discussing. I plan on using some of the same material next week. I felt the children gained a positive perspective of their environment and were introduced to new concepts that gave them a solid base on which to build. I found it difficult to "water-down" the exercises in some of the books. Most of the activities were directed towards older kids, ages 10 and up, so I tried to modify the terminology and reduce the work such that a child of 4 to 8 years of age could comprehend the information. A lot of this curriculum builds on itself and was not intended for a week long day camp, so I also found it difficult to choose activities that would stand alone.

Week Two Journal
Monday

Book- Imagination Station; Our Earth

This was an activity to help the kids recognize how the Earth gives to them and what they can do in return. First, they brainstormed ideas about how what the Earth shares with us and then we could give in return. I divided the kids into two groups and each group decorated a box. One was marked "Gifts to the Earth", and the other "Gifts from the Earth". They made up pictures of the brainstormed ideas (recycling, saving water, air, water, etc.) and placed them the proper box.

Craft- The kids were given a Pollution Patrol Worksheet and a Save the Earth Word Sheet. These two worksheets illustrated different types of pollution and environmental vocabulary.

Book - Project Learning Tree

This is an interactive game that teaches children trees have special conditions they need in order to live and grow. It also teaches kids how trees have to sometimes compete for their needs.

Tuesday

Book- Imagination Station; Rocks and Soils

This activity asks kids to collect and examine "dirt" from different areas to see how soil differs from areas. They took a walk all around Kelsey Creek and collected different samples from areas like the creek, pastures, garden, and park. I explained to them how the soil was made up of broken rocks and decomposing plants and animals. I had them touch, smell and look at the colors to find differences in the soil.

Craft-We cut some old milk containers in half and decorated them. The kids then put potting soil in their containers and planted seeds. I explained that the soil helps store nutrients and water for the seeds so they can grow.

Book- Hug a Tree

This activity gets kids familiar with items in nature. They went on a scavenger hunt and collected small things such as twigs, berries, helicopter leaves, etc. They played a game like Bingo where they made a master board and then picked from a grab bag to fill up the squares of their own game boards. I emphasized the relationship between the items found.

Wednesday

Book- Imagination Station; Mapping Our Earth

This exercise was used to familiarize the kids with maps and their uses. We talked about some different types of maps and who would use them. I explained that a map was a "bird’s-eye view" of the actual features on the ground. We used a giant piece of butcher paper to create a map of the room. I would point to the map and have the children go to that spot.

Game-This game is similar to Simon Says, except I used north, south, east and west signs on the walls as directions the kids had to follow.

Book- Imagination Station; Mapping Our Earth

The kids were given a map and a map key worksheet. They colored the key first and then had to find the matching symbol on the map and color it the same color. I also used an Inside or Outside? Above or Below? worksheet. This had four pictures and the kids had to mark whether they were inside or outside, above or below.

Thursday

Book- Imagination Station; Our Living Earth

This song is meant to teach the kids about living things that share the Earth with us. The song was called "Living Things of the Earth". A circle was made on the floor and each kid was asked to play the part of an animal, insect, plant, or tree that is mentioned in the song. When the name of the part played was called they were to step into the circle of life.

Craft-They made a collage of different things made from plants. They cut out different pictures from magazines that they thought were made of plants and pasted them on a poster board. This was used to help the kids recognize all the things we rely on.

Friday

Book- Project Learning Tree

The kids went on a Safari to learn about habitats. They went to nearby places looking for signs of animal life and observing their habitats. I referred to the items looked at earlier in the week from our nature identifying activity and ask the kids why these habitats were suitable for the animals.

Game- They listed different animals and their habitats. They played charades where one person had to act out an animal and the others had to guess what it was and the habitat it lived in.

Book- Hug a Tree

Craft- They made a mini habitat. They had a wood slab and glued down sand, rocks, moss, and twigs. They were encouraged to put the collage outside to see the effects of nature on the rocks and moss.

Summary of Week Two
This week went much better. I found a new curriculum to work from, Imagination Station, that is tailored to younger kids. A lot of the activities were a little too advanced for the kids so I was not able to use all of them, but overall I really liked this new book. Each lesson seems to stand alone and is not dependant on the previous. I still incorporated some of last week’s books and crafts into this week were I thought they would be appropriate or a better format for the kids, such as Friday’s habitat activities. This week’s work was a little less vocabulary and lesson intensive, but it was good for awareness of environmental ideas and concepts.

Week Three Journal
Monday

Book- Imagination Station; Our Earth

This was an activity to help the kids recognize how the Earth gives to them and what they can do in return. First they brainstormed ideas about how what the Earth shares with us and then we could give in return. I divided the kids into two groups and each group decorated a box. One was marked "Gifts to the Earth", and the other "Gifts from the Earth". They made up pictures of the brainstormed ideas (recycling, saving water, air, water, etc.) and placed them the proper box.

Craft- The kids were given a Pollution Patrol Worksheet and a Save the Earth Word Sheet. These to worksheets illustrated different types of pollution and environmental vocabulary.

Book - Project Learning Tree

An interactive game that teaches children that trees have special conditions they need in order to live and grow. It also teaches kids how trees have to sometimes compete for their needs.

Tuesday

Book- Imagination Station; Rocks and Soils

This activity asks kids to collect and examine "dirt" from different areas to see how soil differs from areas. They took a walk all around Kelsey Creek and collected different samples form areas like the creek, pastures, garden, and park. I explained to them how the soil was made up of broken rocks and decomposing plants and animals. I had them touch, smell and look at the colors to find differences in the soil.

Craft-We cut some old milk containers in half and decorated them. The kids them put potting soil in their containers and planted seeds. I explained that the soil helps store nutrients and water for the seeds so they can grow.

Book- Hug a Tree

This activity gets kids familiar with items in nature. They went on a scavenger hunt and collected small things such as twigs, berries, helicopters leaves, etc. They played a game like Bingo where they made a master board and then picked from a grab bag to fill up the squares of their own game boards. I emphasized the relationship between the items found.

Wednesday

We went on an all day trip to the beach.

Thursday

Book- Imagination Station; Mapping Our Earth

This exercise was used to familiarize the kids with maps and their uses. We talked about some different types of maps and who would use them. I explained that a map was a "bird’s-eye view" of the actual features on the ground. We used a giant piece of butcher paper to create a map of the room. I would point to the map and have the children go to that spot.

Game-This game is similar to Simon Says, except I used north, south, east and west signs on the walls as directions the kids had to follow.

Book- Imagination Station; Mapping Our Earth

The kids were given a map and a map key worksheet. They colored the key first and then had to find the matching symbol on the map and color it the same color. I also used an Inside or Outside? Above or Below? Worksheet. This had four pictures and the kids had to mark whether they were inside or outside, above or below.

Friday

Book- Forests of Washington

We talked about different layers of the forest. We went on hike and looked at the different layers like the canopy, forest floor, and under story. We talked about what kinds of things you would find in each layer and what kinds of animals would live there. We collected some samples from different layers.

Craft- We came back and painted a big mural of the forest and added some of the things we collected. We labeled the layers and made animals out of paint and construction paper and glued them into the layers in which they live.

Book- Forests of Washington

We took an imagination field trip where I read a story about a bald eagle and had them close their eyes and imagine things in the story along the eagle’s journey.

Summary of Week Three
This week went really well. Instead of looking for new material to use Angie thought it would be better to try and improve on the existing projects we had previously done. Angie and I went back over the following weeks and she chose the days she thought were the most beneficial and applicable to her camp. That made this week fairly simple because I already knew the curriculums I was going to do. I looked for areas to improve and give examples to the director so she could use them for future use.