Naturally Teaching

An elementary teacher science blog

Characteristics of Living and Non Living Things
Characteristics of Living and Non Living Things

Characteristics of living and non living things can be difficult to teach, especially for early childhood learners. Even though we use “living” as a term in our everyday language, scientists use specific characteristics to categorize things into living and non living groups. Scientists define living things as having characteristics of life including: having an organized […]

Teaching the Four Seasons

Teaching the four seasons is tied to the Next Generation Science Standards in Kindergarten and 3rd grade. Both grades look at weather patterns over time which can be accomplished when teachers collect and analyze local weather data. When teaching the four seasons, topics to cover include how they change, what happens with the sun, and […]

Free Fall Picture Books List for Teachers
A Free Fall Picture Books List for Teachers

Picture books are an amazing way to learn about the world and can be an invaluable tool for introducing children to the changing seasons. This free fall picture books list for teachers is compiled of 15 titles that introduce seasonal signs, changing leaves, animals in the fall, and moon phases. By reading some of these […]