Stories in the Schoolyard
Stories in the Schoolyard invites children to step outside and find delight in the ordinary, wonderful ways nature’s stories unfold. This active and place-responsive program will support students to foster a sense of belonging in nature at the same time as sparking their curiosity to learn more.
In this program, we'll connect with a particular plant or animal in your schoolyard. We'll also follow along with the adventures of Gary the Goose as he finds courage in the face of fear.
Stephanie provided an exceptional outdoor experience for my class. Her activities encompassed Social Studies curriculum, Indigenous Studies, Science, Language Arts, leadership, cooperation; all with a beautiful incorporation of social and emotional well being.
- A puppet story
- Imaginative sensory play
- Indigenous connections
- Group poetry writing
- Active movement
- Talking Circle
|Kindergarten||Grade 1||Grade 2||Grade 3||Grade 4|
|English Language Arts||Oral stories; Action songs||Oral stories; Listen to explore thoughts ideas, feelings and experiences; Enhance clarity and artistry of communication; Respect, support and collaborate with others||Write to enhance artistry; Contribute relevant ideas from personal experience to group language activities; Express feelings related to events in oral texts||Write to enhance artistry; Explore ideas and feelings by asking questions, talking to others and referring to oral texts; Work cooperatively with others in small groups||Enhance the clarity and artistry of communication; Speak to explore thoughts, ideas, feelings and experiences; Respond personally to oral texts; Respect, support and collaborate with others|
|Science||Environmental and community awareness; Five senses; Seasons; Animal adaptations||Seasonal changes; Five senses; Needs of animals and plants||Small crawling and flying animals; Hot and cold temperature||Hearing and sound; Animal lifecycles||Plant growth and changes – observe plant growth within the community|
|Social Studies||I am unique; I belong; Care and concern for environment||My world: home, school, and community; Moving forward with the past: my family, my history, my community||Communities in Canada; Appreciation of physical and human geography where we live||Quality of life||Alberta: relationships between Indigenous people and the land; value and respecting one’s relationship with the environment; natural regions of Alberta|
|Physical Education||Locomotor Skills||Locomotor Skills||Locomotor Skills||Locomotor Skills||Locomotor Skills|