The Outdoor Classroom allows students at Hilltop to foster stewardship of gardens, observe the changing seasons, understand plant and animal life cycles, and to critically think about their connection to the land. Hilltop believes that the outdoor classroom will enable students to become more aware of their surroundings, laying a foundation for future environmental actions and overall consciousness of the land in which we inhabit. Students in kindergarten through grade 4 experience the outdoor classroom through our structured, sequential, and comprehensive, environmental science curriculum.
The Outdoor Classroom offers unlimited opportunities to teach across the curriculum and provides many chances for higher-level thinking. In addition to science lessons, students also practice mathematics such as data gathering, measuring, and categorizing.In social studies students learn about the use of a compass, the history of the area, and geography and map making. Reading and writing are two activities that can be done outdoors and vocabulary is increased as nature is identified and labeled. In addition, our students will run, explore, sing, and sketch outside.
Outdoor Classroom includes:
Topics of Study
Migration of birds and monarchs