- Pen or pencil
- Piece of paper (8.5”x 11” or so)
- Something to draw on
Humans are very visual creatures and tend to neglect our other four senses. Hearing was a very important sense for humans in the past (avoiding predators, finding prey, relaxing our minds, etc.). What we don’t take into account in our daily lives is how important it still is. This exercise will hopefully bring that to the attention of the students.
Grades: K - 12
1. Have the students mark the middle of their paper with a stick drawing of themselves.
2. Have them mark north on their map
3. Move outside to any location and help the students get oriented with their paper in relationship to the
points on a compass. It might be easier for the students to face north with their papers adjusted the
reflect that setup.
4. Make sure students are spread well away from each other.
5. For 3-5 minutes, have the students just sit quietly (no talking to each other) and listen to the world
around them. Their job is to note down either with words or quick sketches what they are sensing
with their ears - NOT their eyes.
a. For example, if you are near a road, you might hear the bus trolley lines, or the sound of cars
travelling over a bump in the road.
6. Bring the students back together and debrief on what they were able to sense using just their ears.
1. If possible, move to a different location. Ideally, you will find one that is more quiet and repeat the exercise.
a. Ask the students to debrief in the same manner as above.
b. It may be interesting to ask the students how they feel. Did one location make them feel more relaxed than another?
Catch the WAV ideas
What do you notice about the world you are walking on? What is under your feet?
Evoke Sense of Wonder: Everything, eventually, goes back to the Earth—so what really have you been walking on? The remains of ancestors? The dampness of water that was once in an ocean far away? Imagine that with each step a ghost escapes. What ghosts of flora and fauna float around you? Extension—Art activity by Adelle Caunce
April 22, 2019 9:00 am
The Grade 4/5 student facilitators of this group worked with a Musqueam Elder to learn about Indigenous plants in the Pacific Spirit Park.
April 25, 2019 4:30 pm
This event is spearheaded by Kate Foreman and the University Hill Elementary to celebrate Earth Day with the school community . It is an invitation only event. All food is pre-ordered and paid for prior to the BBQ.
April 27, 2019 10:00 am
The Tidal WAV is taking place at Science World in April, 2019.... Check back as details unfold. If you want to get involved, please contact us!
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WAV hosts various kinds of local festivals on streets and schools. Please check our calendar, blog, and social media to keep on track!Learn more ›
WAV involves local schools to help UBC students to design a local outdoor learning project unique to the individual school. Expanding outdoor learning program will get INvolve more students to outdoor activities.Learn more ›