Have you read this book "Going Bush by Nadia Wheatley".
It is an Australian book so that might rule out many of you. It is about a group of children (from all different nationalities) who go to parkland in Sydney. As they wonder deeper into the parkland they make observations and include facts about the Australian environment. We read this after our visit to the Royal Botanic Gardens and it inspired us! The illustrations in the book are part drawing, part photo, part computer graphics - we loved this idea!
We are in the process of creating our own Going Bush book about our journey. I printed out around 100 photos from our excursion and the children got to choose 2 to start with (some now have 5 or 6!). They interviewed other people in the class about the photos, wrote down what they remembered and some collected some facts. Now they have created a book page with photos and drawings as well as their writing. They are amazing! Here are a couple of my favourite photos:
I had thought all along that I would make a class book, but now have decided to display it as an open book so others can read it from the outside of our classroom. We have laminated each page. I am so proud of them!
I love it when I can use a book to help our learning! We have also done some data collection from the book "If the World Were a Village - Imagine 100 people live in the village" - you can also watch a youtube clip here. You can download the worksheet I used here as a freebie if you are interested. It was great to connect some multicultural/world discussion with some maths!