As you enter the ecology unit of your science curriculum for homeschooling, you may want to think about taking a field trip to really bring your lessons to life. Fortunately, it's a pretty easy feat to accomplish - all you have to do is go for a walk in the woods! Consider completing any of these activities during your walk to tie the field trip into your homeschool curriculum:
Search for native plants
Purchase a guidebook or search online to identify native plants in your area that you're likely to find in the woods. While on your hike, have your son sketch pictures in a notebook of any of these plants he finds. When you return home, he can research the different plants to discover interesting facts and deliver a short presentation.
Collect and identify rocks
Depending on the area in which you live, you are also likely to find different types of rocks during your walk in the woods. Bring along a small bag so your son can collect interesting rocks he finds and bring them back home for analysis. Have him separate them into igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks, and use this opportunity to teach a lesson about the difference between the three.
Go on a scavenger hunt
To provide a little more structure (and fun!) to your field trip, consider putting together a scavenger hunt. This can consist of a list of plants, animals, animal tracks, rocks, etc., that your child is likely to find on your hike. As he spies each one, have him cross it off the list. You can even award a prize at the end!
Write poems or short stories
You can tie your hike into more than science lessons - ask your child to write a poem or short story about the hike in the woods to tie it into your homeschool language arts curriculum. It can be as surreal or literal as he wants!