How to Use Binoculars

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How do Binoculars Work?
How to Use Binoculars Activity

Nature Walk Video
City Park, October 2018

Animals and Plants
saw palmetto
velvet ant
sand pine
oak tree

“Laser Groove” Kevin MacLeod (
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What Is a Venn Diagram?

Podcast Show Notes

What is a Venn Diagram?
Venn Diagram Template and Activity

Venn diagram template

Nature Walk Video
Backyard butterfly garden, October 2018

Animals and Plants
Dotted horsemint
American beautyberry

“Laser Groove” Kevin MacLeod (
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Animal Encounters Activity

Here are three steps that you can take so your kids can have positive animal encounters.

1. Research Options

First, find a location that will let you touch animals. You’ll have to do a little bit of research into the zoos, aquariums, nature centers, and maybe even pet stores that are near you. In my area I can go to the zoo and touch animals. The zoo has a petting zoo, and volunteers will also hold animals such as snakes and other reptiles throughout the zoo that visitors can touch.

There’s a nature center that has terrapins or sea … Read more

Animal Encounters

When I was a kid, one of my favorite animal encounters happened at a zoo in Indiana.

I was living in Ohio at the time, and we went to Indiana to visit some family members. All of us went to the zoo, there were dolphins at the zoo, and I loved marine life. I always have since I was young, and I was really excited to see the dolphin show.

We were in the stadium, and we were watching the show, and then they had some dolphins slide up onto the platform around their pool. A trainer said that they … Read more

How to Use Binoculars Activity

I want to give you three steps for how to use binoculars with your kids.

1. Location, Location, Location

The first step is to choose a good location where you can watch animals. You’ll need to find a place where you can see trees or bushes or water or flowers because these are the types of natural objects that are going to attract animals to come to them. If you’re in the city and don’t have trees and bushes and water nearby, then you can look for places where animals might perch because a lot of birds will perch on … Read more

How Do Binoculars Work?

This week I went outside to do some birdwatching because it’s the time of year when birds are migrating through my area. I get to see birds that I don’t normally see other times of the year.

I was outside looking for birds, and I saw one perch in the distance. It looked like it had yellow underneath and gray on top, so it had a contrasting color. I could tell it was a medium-size bird, but I couldn’t see any details on it to understand what kind of bird it could be. I didn’t have enough information to even … Read more

Venn Diagram Template and Activity

Here are three steps for making your own Venn diagram.

1. Pick Two

The first step is to choose two different organisms to compare and contrast. You can choose two animals of the same species, but for beginners with Venn diagrams it’s best to use two different types of organisms. You could use two different kinds of mammals or two different kinds of birds, or you could compare a certain type of mammal to a certain type of bird, or you can even use plants. You can compare plants to each other or you can compare an animal to … Read more

What is a Venn Diagram?

When you’re teaching your kids, at some point you’re probably going to use a Venn diagram.

You’ll use this great tool to compare and contrast two different objects, or you might compare and contrast three different objects once your kids are more advanced with using Venn diagrams.

When I started teaching, I didn’t know what a Venn diagram was, but then I saw the term online and started researching to find out more about it.

What I learned is that it’s a great visual way to compare and contrast. For example, if I wanted to look at the differences between … Read more

Nature Walk Ideas for Getting Kids Outside

Have you ever been disappointed after realizing that you and your kids spent all day inside?

Last week I went to a conference in Nashville and checked in to a fancy hotel with a comfortable room and excellent food.

But as evening approached during my first day there, I realized I hadn’t been outside since arriving that morning.

There were several types of trees growing around the hotel, so I stopped what I was doing, grabbed my phone so I could take pictures, and went on a nature walk.

If you want to get your kids outside, here are three Read more