Jumpstart! Science Outdoors : Cross-curricular games and activities for ages 5-12 book cover
1st Edition

Jumpstart! Science Outdoors
Cross-curricular games and activities for ages 5-12

ISBN 9781138925069
Published March 25, 2016 by Routledge
164 Pages

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Book Description

This collection of engaging and simple to use activities will jumpstart students’ understanding of science by taking teaching and learning outdoors and linking it to a specific area of the curriculum.

A wealth of practical activities in the book cover all areas from identifying, classifying and grouping to pattern seeking, making observations and comparative and fair testing.

This cross-curricular approach encourages teachers to develop useful links with other subjects which support and complement the science. With links to a range of online resources and over 30 motivating and engaging science activities, cross-curricular links cover the following areas of the curriculum:

  • Maths, English, Computing, History, Geography, Music, Art, P.E and Design and Technology.

Jumpstart! Science Outdoors is an essential classroom resource that will encourage the personal development of children and is the perfect solution for helping teachers, teaching assistants and students deliver effective and imaginative science lessons.

Table of Contents

    1. Adopt a Tree – Saying ‘hello’ to your tree  2. Adopt a Tree – Exploring leaves  3. Adopt a Tree – How much can you find about the tree bark?  4.Mini Collections  5. Nature’s Viewing Frame  6. Amazing Seed Dispersal  7. Modelling Seeds  8. Prickly Holly  9. Alphabet Garden  10. Caterpillar Camouflage  11. Birdsong  12. Feed the Birds  13. Popcorn Feeders  14. Nest Architects  15. It’s Dinnertime!  16. Observing Change Outdoors  17. Natural Weaving  18. Outdoor Skeletons  19. Excavating Bones  20 Dinosaur Dimensions  21. Toilet Roll Paper Timeline  22. Fossil Hunters  23. Invertebrate Micro-Safari Hunt  24. Comparing Micro-Habitats  25. Invertebrate Adaptations - Snails  26. Plant Frames - Quadrats  27. Lie Down and Listen  28. Run-around Sound  29. Shadow Faces  30. Playground Constellations  31. Windy Places  32. Water Cycle  33. Message Magnets  34. Forces Flingers  35. Kites Fly High  36. Land Yachts Ahoy!  37. Skateboarding Scientists  38. Splashdown!  39. Waterproof Roof  40. Bubble – ology  41. Magic Potion Snowballs  42. Awesome Snowflakes  43. Texture Trail  44. Peek – a – Boo Toys

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Janet Barnett is an experienced, award winning primary teacher and science specialist. She is a Chartered Science Teacher and a Fellow of the Primary Science Teacher College, UK.

Rosemary Feasey is a leading expert in primary science with experience across the primary age range in the classroom. She is a freelance science consultant and author of a wide range of materials.


"Jumpstart! Science Outdoors is an essential teaching resource that will encourage the personal development of children by offering the freedom to put ideas into practice and to work co-cooperatively." - Sarah Brew, Parents in Touch