MyNatureJournal_Milestone4_0507

sarhammy


Dedicated to my mom, who

taught me to love and care

for the earth.



Animals Air Plants

Take this book on your outdoor

adventures, or wherever you go!

Your Nature Journal is filled with

awesome activities, fascinating

facts, and cool challenges.

Water Food Waste

Have fun exploring

the great outdoors!

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Manatees are gentle mammals

that push themselves through

water with their big, flexible

flippers.

Millions of different kinds of

animals live on Earth. Animals

can be found in every part of the

world, from the North Pole to the

Sahara Desert. They can live on

land or water, or both! Animals

come in all different kinds of

colors, shapes, and sizes.

Galápagos tortoises

can live to be over a

hundred years old.

Adélie Penguin

parents take turns

sitting on their

eggs and hunting

for krill and fish.

Mother alligators

gently carry their

young inside their

huge mouths.

Vampire Bats feed on the blood of

cows, pigs, horses, and birds. (Don’t

worry, it doesn’t hurt their prey!)

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The Spotted Frog is an endangered

species in the United States due to

habitat loss and other factors.

Invent your own made-up creature and draw it here. It can

have horns, a tail, scales, wings – use your imagination!

Help the Spotted Frog make its

way back to its marsh habitat!

Name:

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When snails feel SCARED,

they go inside their shells.

What do YOU do when you

feel SCARED?

When monkeys get ANGRY,

they bare their teeth.

Baby elephants suck on their

trunks for COMFORT.

What do YOU do when you

feel ANGRY?

What do YOU do when you

need COMFORT?

All living things

need air in order to survive.

The air surrounding our earth is

called the atmosphere. Humans

pollute the air through cars and

factories. We need to keep our

atmosphere healthy.

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Can you find the 8 air-related words below?

Take 10 minutes in nature to sit down and focus on taking

deep breaths. Take note of the feeling of fresh air going in

and out of your nose. Try to ignore distractions, close your

eyes, and connect to your body. When you are done, write a

few sentences about how it felt to meditate outside.

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BREATHE HAZE WIND ATMOSPHERE

FRESH POLLUTION BREEZE OZONE

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Connect the

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at 1 to reveal the

secret picture!

AIRPLANE:

1.76

lbs CO2 per

passenger

mile

We all have places to go and things to do. Some types of

transportation pollute the air we breathe. You can do your

part to help the planet by choosing air-friendly methods

like biking or walking.

CITY BUS:

0.2

lbs CO2 per

passenger mile

CAR:

1.15

lbs CO2 per

passenger mile

WALKING:

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lbs CO2 per

passenger mile

BIKING:

0

lbs CO2 per

passenger mile

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Label the part of the plant

using the following terms:

STEM SEEDS ROOTS

LEAVES

FLOWER

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Thousands of different

species, or kinds, of plant

grow on Earth. They need

sun, water, and air to grow.

Plants use carbon dioxide,

sunlight, and water to

make their food.

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My crunchiest

leaf

My

pointiest

leaf

My most

unusual leaf

My driest

leaf

Draw or paste in your favorite

leaves you find while adventuring!

Remember not to pick leaves off of

live trees or plants.

My most

colorful

leaf

My

favorite

leaf

My most

veiny leaf

My

smallest

leaf

My

smoothest

leaf

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Can you find 10 differences in the nature scenes below?

Water is a resource all

living things need. 71%

of the earth is water,

but less than 1% is

drinkable. Water is

life, so let’s preserve it.

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Collect all the sticker badges by completing each water

conservation challenge!

Can you find the 8 water-related words below?

DRINK PUDDLE SHOWER ICE

RAIN WET MOISTURE RIVER

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Cut down your

showering time

by 5 minutes

Turn off faucet

when your

brushing teeth

Use extra water

to water

houseplants

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Use a bucket to

collect rain for

re-use

Fill tub halfway

when taking a

bath

Turn off faucet

when scrubbing

hands with soap

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Draw the aquatic creatures listed in each layer, or invent

your own!

Water is precious, so let’s

show it gratitude! Write

6 things water provides

that you’re thankful for.

Sunlight - jellyfish, crabs, stingray

Twilight - octopus, swordfish, whales

Midnight - anglerfish, eel, blobfish

Abyss - giant squid

Trench - tube worms, sea cucumber

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All

animals and

humans have to eat

food in order to survive.

Food provides energy and

nutrition to living things.

Some of the main nutrients

that are found in food are

carbohydrates, fats,

proteins, and

vitamins.

“Composting” occurs when natural

waste breaks down and returns to the

soil. Organisms like worms help break

down the food waste. Draw a line to

match each item to its correct bin!

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The animals are hungry! Match each critter to their food.

These granola bars are made of oats, almonds, peanut

butter and chocolate chips. It’s healthy, easy to make with

the help of an adult, and perfect to pack as a snack for

hiking! Makes 14-16 bars.

INGREDIENTS

INSTRUCTIONS

1 ¾ cups oats

1 ⅓ cup sliced

almonds

⅔ cup mini dark

1. Line an 8-9” square pan with

parchment paper. In a mixing bowl,

whisk together oats, almonds,

chocolate chips, cinnamon, and salt.

chocolate chips

1 teaspoon

2. Whisk together peanut butter, honey,

and vanilla extract in a separate bowl.

ground cinnamon

Pinch of salt

1 cup creamy

peanut butter

3. Pour the liquid ingredients into the

dry ingredients. Use a spoon to mix

them together until the two are evenly

combined and no dry oats remain.

½ cup honey

1 ½ teaspoons

vanilla extract

4. Transfer the mixture to the prepared

square pan. Use your spoon to

arrange the mixture fairly evenly in the

pan to pack the mixture down as

firmly and evenly as possible.

5. Cover the pan and refrigerate for one

hour or overnight. Use a knife to slice

the bars. For portability, you can wrap

individual bars in plastic wrap or

parchment paper.

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Color in the rainbow of fruits and veggies!

When we are finished using

something, whether it is an

old toothbrush or leftover

food, we throw it away and it

becomes waste. Too much

waste can be harmful to our

planet, so we must each do

our part to limit our waste.

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Plastic stays on the planet for years and years, and can be

very harmful to all creatures. If you walk around your

neighborhood, you’ll probably find many pieces of plastic

litter. Try to find trash plastic to fit each category and

draw them in the boxes! Avoid germs by wearing gloves.

Draw a line to match each item to its correct bin!

A bottlecap Something blue A wrapper

Something

see-through

Something with

words on it

Smaller than a

quarter

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Design your own anti-waste t-shirt that activists like you

could wear to show their support for environmentalism.

Come up with a catchy message, for example: “Think

Green” or “Taste it, Don’t Waste it!”

Think of a creative way to repurpose these common items.

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Page 23: Water Word Search Acknowledgements

Page 8: Frog Rescue

Page 13: Air Word Search

I would like to thank several people

and acknowledge the online sources

that made it possible for me to create

this book. First, I’d like to thank my

parents for giving me a childhood

filled with unforgettable outdoor

experiences, from canoeing the

Green River in Utah to camping in the

woods of Jasper National Park. Early

on I developed a love for nature, and

this is what inspired me to share it

with the next generation. Next, a big

thank you to my community of fellow

Page 17: Plant Parts

Page 20: Spot the Difference

Page 27: Careful Composting

Trash: chips bag, straw, takeout

bag. Compost: apple core,

watermelon rind, banana peel,

dead flower, tea bag.

students and professors at USF who

have helped me improve this project

through countless critiques and

conversations. While researching the

content of this book I relied on

1.) Seeds 2.) Flower 3.) Stem

4.) Leaves 5.) Roots

1.) Extra cloud

2.) Missing pine tree

3.) Log bark detail

4.) Vine color

5.) Mushroom spots

6.) Tree berries

7.) Tree trunk color

8.) Flower colors

9.) Flower seeds

10.) Bird eye

Page 28: Hungry Critters

Bear: fish. Bee: flower. Cow: grass.

Squirrel: acorn.

Page 33: Sort It Out!

Trash: takeout bag, straw,

lightbulb. Recycling: paper bag,

glass bottle, milk carton,

newspaper.

National Geographic Kids, Britannica

Kids, and the National Wildlife

Federation. The recipe on page 29 is

by Kathryne Taylor. I drew inspiration

from the REI Kid’s Adventure Journal

and Bigfoot’s Playbook by Leave No

Trace. My hope is that this book is a

fun, interactive experience for every

child (or adult!) who uses it, and

inspires them to fight for our planet.

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My Nature Journal is an interactive workbook that

aims to foster a positive relationship between the

child and the natural environment around them.

This journal includes activities and information

about animals, plants, water, air, food and waste.

Each page is filled with delightful illustrations and

plenty of opportunities to complete activities and

share their experiences through investigations,

drawings, journal entries, and more!

Cover design by Sarah Hamilton

Meet the author at

www.sarahhamiltondesign.com

Ages 6-10+

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