This great activity combines scientific drawings w/ explorations of the world under natural litter (leaf piles!). Just lift the leaves out of the garden and get inspired by the micro-worlds that exist underneath.
We learned about all the common litter critters, such as snails, earwigs, centipedes, millipedes, potato bugs, worms, mites, and grubs. All of them help the soil as decomposers. Those leaves work well as mulch to protect in the winter and also as homes for these litter critters. We did drawings of whatever we found. And these fabulous posters we made are great examples of collaborative arts based learning that is hands on and quite fun.
It also helps that it has been AMAZING this week outside w/ pure sunshine that makes outdoor activities a must.
The 3,4,5 grades had to write two facts on the back, while the K,1,2 grades just did the drawings and labeling.