Some people say that this time of year can be bleak. The temperature is dropping. Many birds have migrated. Flowers have gone by. Trees are bare. The landscape is turning brown. There doesn’t seem to be anything exciting happening.
Let this month’s nature prompts motivate you to get outside and notice what nature does have to offer. There is still much beauty to be found if you shift your perspective a little.
Bare stalks and branches mean that you are now more able to observe what was once hidden from view. Take this opportunity to notice the variety of seeds and seed pods in the landscape around you. You may be surprised at what you notice and once you start, you might not be able to stop.
Visit an earlier post to learn about seed dispersal. It includes a printable for an activity and plenty of resources.
Noticing the Night Sky
It’s getting darker earlier and earlier which means it’s a good time to get out at night with the kids before bedtime. The sky also appears clearer as the temperatures drop, making the stars seems more brilliant. Why not bundle up and take advantage of it?
Learn to identify a few constellations. Go on a full moon walk (the next full moon is on the 14th). Use an app to find out which stars are really planets (we use Star Chart).
This is also the perfect time to learn more about the moon start a moon journal. I created one for my kids some time ago that we use over and over. If you’d like to use it, you can download the cover and observation pages (print as many of these as you think you might need). Please note the printing directions below:
- Cover – Print the two sheets back to back on the same sheet
- Observation pages – Printing is easiest when downloaded and printed from Adobe Reader. Choose “multiple” with 2 pages per sheet. Print in portrait on both front and back sides of your paper.
The Symmetry of Leaves
Before all the leaves have dropped from the trees, take the opportunity to observe their symmetry. Use this printable to practice bilateral symmetry and then collect some leaf samples from different types of trees to explore further. Are they all symmetrical? If not, what makes the two halves different? Sort the leaves in to symmetrical and non-symmetrical groups to compare and contrast.
The weather can change quite drastically this time of year and there is often a significant difference in temperature from the beginning of the month to the end of it. Print off this weather log to record the daily weather and temperature throughout the month. Review the log at the end of the month. What do you notice? Are there any patterns? Did one type of weather occur more frequently than the others? How much did the temperature change? What predictions might you make about next month’s weather?
You can get the printable version of the November prompts here.
Pop over to the Green Acorns Facebook page and share your experiences with them throughout the month. I’ll be sharing ours there too. If you’d like to follow our other nature experiences, I post regularly on Instagram – like about the Ruffed Grouse that was in our yard or this epic find.
Have fun noticing November nature!