This afternoon, I led my Grade Threes on a picture walk through the book. I could feel their excitement and inspiration, so off we went on a short (it was cold!) nature walk outside in the schoolyard to collect a few "treasures", then back to the classroom to get busy with some white glue and manilla tag. Below is a sample of what we came up with (click on the first image for larger versions of each photo).
Some students worked with a partner, while others worked alone. All seemed to enjoy this activity, and I felt like it was a nice way for students to build awareness and appreciation of the natural world around them. (Also a great way to integrate the Naturalist Intelligence -- a-la Howard Gardiner's MIs -- and do a little pre-exposure for our "plants" unit, which will come up next spring!)