Activity: Quiet Time
OBJECTIVE: To make children better listeners and observers
SKILLS: Listening, imaging, describing, drawing
SUBJECTS: Language arts, art
TIME: 15-20 minutes
Find a place where everyone can sit down. The marsh classroom is a great place for this activity. Once all are seated, ask the group for 5 minutes of silence. Explain that the animals and birds won't resume their activities unless all are quiet.
Once the time is up, have each student tell the group about something he/she has never heard before. You'll be surprised at the answers you get-sometimes the quiet itself is something many kids have never encountered!