de

Word Builders Jr.
de

What does it mean?

Practice Activities

Print a worksheet or try the activities below

Move the correct picture into the box.


Which living thing is a decomposer?


Make up a word that starts with de-. Tell us what it means in the comments below. Or, show us a picture!


Focus

Choose one part of the natural world to focus on in this moment. Draw and write about what you observe.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

Sniff the air. What does it smell like?
Do you see or hear any animals?
Is there water nearby? What does it feel like and sound like?
What do the trees look like where you are?

Go outside, look around and focus on one thing that stands out to you the most. Spend some time sketching pictures of your focus item in your nature journal.

On your journal page, make sure to include location information. WHERE did you find it? Include some timing information. What season is it? What time of day?

If you want to, add some of nature items into your journal (like a holly leaf pressed and glued to a page of your journal).


Would you like to share your nature investigation with other Smart Pegs? Take a photo or a short video of your journal entry and add it to the comments section!

Like someone else’s ideas? You can reply to their comments, too!

Letter W

Today, think of some things that start with the letter W that could be the focus of a nature investigation where you live.

Here are some examples: water, wind, willow tree, worm, things that wiggle

Go outside, look around and choose one of the things from your list. Spend some time sketching pictures of your letter W item in your nature journal.

On your journal page, make sure to include location information. WHERE did you find it? Include some timing information. What season is it? What time of day?

    Here’s an example: I chose water. I studied the ripples of water across the top of a puddle in my backyard. It was a warm summer morning, after breakfast time. 

If you can, add some of the actual items into your journal (like a smear of the silt from the bottom of the water puddle).


Would you like to share your nature investigation with other Smart Pegs? Take a photo or a short video of your journal entry and add it to the comments section!

Like someone else’s ideas? You can reply to their comments, too!

Follow the Questions

Follow the Questions

Ask and follow a question to go on a nature journey of wonder and discovery.

Example:  Sketching on the edge of a pond, you might notice a colorful duck.

You might make a color chart to record the range of colors you see.

Then, you might become curious about the colors on other birds by the pond. And then you might wonder why the colorful parts are located on those places of the birds.

Follow each question to the next and enjoy your nature journey.


Would you like to share your nature investigation with other Smart Pegs? Take a photo or a short video of your journal entry and add it to the comments section!

Like someone else’s ideas? You can reply to their comments, too!

Letter C

Today, think of something that starts with the letter C that could be the focus of a nature investigation where you live.

Here are some examples: colors outside, clouds, climate, creek, coastline

Choose one of the things from your list. Draw pictures of your letter C item in your nature journal. Include where and when information on your journal page.

Example: A chicken in a backyard coop in the afternoon during the summertime

If possible, add some of the actual items into your journal (like a fallen chicken feather).


Would you like to share your nature investigation with other Smart Pegs? Take a photo or a short video of your journal entry and add it to the comments section!

Like someone else’s ideas? You can reply to their comments, too!

equi

Word Builders Jr.
equi

What does it mean?

Practice Activities

Print a worksheet or try the activities below

Find 3 things that have equivalent weight.

Click or tap the correct pictures.


Move the correct picture into the box.


Can you find two things that are equivalent size or shape?
Tell us about it and show us a picture in the comments below!


Zoom In, Zoom Out

Choose a subject for your nature journal and prepare to zoom your observations in and out as you change your level of focus.

You can make observations through binoculars that will be different from what you see from a distance. Or maybe you will use a magnifying glass or a camera lens to zoom in. Both the zoomed in and zoomed out views are important!

Sketch your zoomed out observations. Then sketch your zoomed in observations. Find a way to show scale in your sketches. You can make notes of the size and scale of objects.

How are the zoomed in and out views alike? How are they different?


Would you like to share your nature investigation with other Smart Pegs? Take a photo or a short video of your journal entry and add it to the comments section!

Like someone else’s ideas? You can reply to their comments, too!

Letter R

Today, think of some things that start with the letter R that could be the focus of a nature investigation where you live.

Here are some examples: river, rabbit, the color red, robin, rock

Go outside, look around and choose one of the things from your list. Spend some time sketching pictures of your letter R item in your nature journal.

On your journal page, make sure to include location information. WHERE did you find it? Include some timing information. What season is it? What time of day?

    Here’s an example: I chose a river. I found the river alongside the nature trail in my neighborhood. It is winter, December, about 2pm.

If you can, add some of the actual items into your journal (like a rubbing from a rock from the river).


Would you like to share your nature investigation with other Smart Pegs? Take a photo or a short video of your journal entry and add it to the comments section!

Like someone else’s ideas? You can reply to their comments, too!

Secret messages

What’s the best way to write a secret message?

Let’s find out! Choose 2 or more of the methods below and test how well they work. Show us your results in the comments below! Which method do you think works best?

You need: paper, a white crayon, watercolor paints, paint brush, cotton swabs, lemon juice, hair dryer, baking soda, water, grape juice, cups

Method 1: Use a white crayon to write a message on a piece of paper. Paint over the paper with watercolor paints to reveal the message.

Method 2: Dip a cotton swab in lemon juice and use it to write a message on a piece of paper. When you are ready to read your secret message or show it to someone else, heat the paper by holding it close to a light bulb or using a hair dryer on the hot setting.

Method 3: Measure equal parts of baking soda and water into a cup. Stir until the baking soda and water are completely mixed. Dip a cotton swab in the mixture and then, pressing firmly, write a message on a piece of paper. Let the message dry completely. Pour some grape juice into a separate cup. When the paper is dry, dip a new cotton swab in the grape juice and rub it across your message. The hidden message should begin to reveal itself.

Method 4: Research some other secret message solutions and test them out!Secret, Hidden, Message, Message On Paper, Paper

Let’s observe

How many birds do you see in our video?

Observe means to use your senses to gather information. When you watch something you are using your eyes to observe and learn.

Watch the video below and observe the number of birds that are at this pond. Play the video again. Observe carefully. How many birds do you see? Did you miss any the first time? Tell us how many birds you observed in the comments below! Then record your own video and ask us to observe something in it!