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Welcome to the new nature journal calendar! Enjoy the month of November and print your November 2016 Nature Journal Calendar to help you record what’s going on in your own backyard and beyond.
How to Use the Nature Journal Calendar
There’s no right or wrong way to use the nature journal calendar. Here are a few tips:
- Download your printable calendar.
- Print the calendar.
- Use the prompts both on the calendar and below to explore some elements of nature in September.
- Draw or write your observations in the blank calendar squares. That’s why there are so many blank spaces- so you don’t feel pressured to do a million things and so that you have room to doodle it up right on the calendar.
- Put them together in a notebook or handmade book and wait for next month and a new calendar.
- Have fun!
November Nature Connections
Autumn is in full swing! In November in upstate NY the weather begins to get cold and gray with a smattering of sunny and even snowy days. In fact, we’ve already had our first full dusting of snow (in October). What does November look like where you live? Enjoy these early fall nature connections and look at your calendar for more:
- Notice the last of the deciduous leaves– Which leaves hang on the longest?
- How do people, plants, and animals prepare for winter?– Make a list of observations and talk about how we get ready.
- Look at frost under a magnifying glass– As mornings start out below freezing, sometimes frost will form. Take a walk outdoors and observe the frost close up. What shapes do you see?
- Measure the temperature and wind speed– The wind can be strong in November, helping the remainder of the leaves to fall. Keep track of wind speed and temperature this month.
- Make a fall color palette– What colors are prominent in the fall? Sometimes the sky is purple and that mixes with the gold and brown of the landscape.
No need to feel limited by our ideas! If you see something you want to note, then go ahead and put it on your calendar. We’ve been walking, listening, and taking in the any of the last warm, sunny fall days while they’re here!
Books for Nature Study in November
We love to share our most loved nature books and resources with you. This month we’re sharing:
- Animals in Winter– Let’s Read & Find Out science book about how various animals prepare for winter. You’ll find out all the ways animals survive winter.
- Inside a Hurricane– We are just coming into the end of hurricane season in the Atlantic. Learn about the nature of hurricanes from the Magic School Bus.
- How Do Birds Find Their Way?– Another Read & Find Out science book on bird migration.
- Natural Science through the Seasons– A lesson book for teachers on how to teach nature studies throughout the year
November Literature Connections
It’s time for a list of fun books to read while you enjoy spring. The book list includes titles for preschool through high school. Read them outside for extra fun!
- The Legend of Sleepy Hollow– It’s not too late to sneak this classic short story in at the start of November!
- First Snow in the Woods– a photographic story of a young deer wondering why he is not getting ready for winter. His mom assures him that he’s ready.
- Cranberry Thanksgiving– The classic tale of a secret recipe and guests for Thanksgiving
- If You Give a Moose a Muffin– My favorite of this series in which a moose accepts the offer of a muffin.
- Poppleton in Fall– If you’ve never met this particular pig and his friends, now is the time. This book will have you greeting geese as they pass over head.
- Caddie Woodlawn– If you have pioneer fans, this book is a great addition to your library
- Sign of the Beaver– A boy stays behind to protect the family’s claim and the adventures that ensue based on his friendship with the Native Americans
- Where the Red Fern Grows– A boy and his hunting dogs, this one pulls you in!
- The Last of the Mohicans– A classic written by James Fenimore Cooper
More November Fun at Blog, She Wrote
These are some posts that you might enjoy as you make November plans. Enjoy what the month brings!
How to Find & Collect Animal Tracks– You can do this any time of the year whether you look for tracks in mud or snow.
Cranberry Thanksgiving Activities– Especially helpful if you use Five in a Row and including a lab on testing for starch
Geography Quest Thanksgiving Edition– Follow the route of the Pilgrims as you prepare for Thanksgiving.
The Art of Fall Mixed Media Workshop & High School Art Plans– a list of our high school art resources including a fall art mixed media class