Collector’s Corner – A Seasonal Display
a heartbeat the golden season is upon us. Blueberries, cranberries
and cloudberries are everywhere underfoot and in the span of 48
hours we have seen the tundra change from vibrant green to a muted
yellow-orange. Flowers have gone to seed overnight, the mountain
tops where we sweltered two short weeks ago are dusted with snow
and the caribou that have been harassed by biting insects for a
long month are resting.”
Karsten Heuer, Arctic
and sun have a special relationship. Because the Earth rotates around
its axis at an angle just a bit off of straight up and down, we travel
in a path around the sun that heats the Earth differently at different
times of the year.
the year into 4 seasons based on these kinds of changes. What changes
in weather have you observed over the past year?
a Seasonal Classroom Display
a place in your classroom for your seasonal display. This is a place
to celebrate the season with natural objects you have collected, and
art and writing pieces you have created.
Once a month go out for a nature walk to feel and observe the natural world.
Find and collect some objects from your walks at school or home.
Some things you might include for fall:
cocoons or nests
- old cast
off insect exoskeletons
of the season aren’t those that you can pick up and bring in
to the classroom. How could you show the sky and its clouds, or the
rain, snow or wind? These conditions also reflect the seasons.
to return the objects outside when the seasons change.
Begin the writing process by creating a class
concept map about the season and what changes it brings.
- In the
center of a big piece of paper write the season and circle it.
your thoughts about what the season brings as offshoots from the
Now re-read Karsten Heuer's description of seasonal changes in the Arctic (above).
Use your writing and reflecting time to describe what the season brings to
kinds of objects would you expect to find outside during the present
season? Were they there this time last year? Do you expect them to
be here next year? Why?
happens to the objects when they are left outside? Do they change
over time? How are they useful for the natural world?
do you expect to find outside in the coming season? Describe changes
in the weather, plants, and or animals.
Science Education Standards
and Space Science
Objects in the sky have patterns of movement. The sun, for example, appears
to move across the sky in the same way every day, but its path changes slowly
over the seasons. (K-4)
The sun is the major source of energy for phenomena on the earth's surface,
such as growth of plants, winds, ocean currents, and the water cycle. Seasons
result from variations in the amount of sun's energy hitting the surface, due
to the tilt of the earth's rotation on its axis and the length of the day.
provides light and heat necessary to maintain the temperature of the