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Pre Camp Kawartha Honing in on Homes Visit

Pre Camp Kawartha Honing in on Homes Visit

Build a fort

  • Head outside with your class
  • Use found materials (ex: leaves, sticks, cedar boughs on the ground)
  • How would this provide us with shelter? Warmth? Comfort?

Set up a bird feeder on a classroom window or in the school yard (as described in the book: Discover Your School’s Better Nature by Jacob Rodenburg)

  • Suction ones for windows can cost about $25 this is a great way to bring the outdoors, indoors. 
  • If you do not have the budget or the windows, the class can also build simple feeders out of pinecones and/or milk cartons. 
  • Continued observation of birds searching for food/shelter
    • Observe and keep track of what birds we see, any other animals?
      • Record as a tally chart or through pictures, or pebble jars. 
    • Observe differences in male and female birds and animals. 

Build Animal homes

  • Head outside with your class
  • Watch ants and ask, where do they go?
  • Dig for worms, hold them in your hands and ask, what do their homes look like? What do they do all day?
  • Collect materials and build homes for the ants and/or worms. What would make them feel safe? Comfortable?
  • If it is winter feel free to address hibernation and build snow caves for groundhogs, snakes, skunks, bears, frogs, and others.


  • What is home for you? What are your responsibilities at home?
  • What are basic needs? How do you get them at home?
  • Who is at home? What are their responsibilities in creating that home?
  • Play “house” outside. 

Read: Little Narwhal, Not Alone by Tiffany Stone, illustrated by Ashlyn Anstee

  • Ideally read the book to your class outside. 

Read: The Dancing Trees by Masiana Kelly, illustrated by Michelle Simpson

  • Ideally read the book to your class outside.

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