Learning in a Primary Classroom

Application Ideas for Kindergarten:

Different examples of how to incorporate Place Based Learning images loupe

  • Big Idea: Kindergarten- Plants have observable features.
    • Allow students to observe the soil that plants come from.
      • What attributes allow plants to grow. (Moist, dry)
      • Where to plants grow? (Sun, shade)
    • Allow students to look at similarities and differences between various plants.
      • Size, shape, colour, texture.

Using magnifying glasses for each student, could be beneficial when trying to engage your students!



  • Big Idea: Kindergarten- Seasonal changes affect all living things/ First peoples knowledge on Seasonal changes
    • Show students real plants from various seasons
      • What plants grow in different seasons?
      • Why are plants important to the First peoples culture? How might this be impacted by different seasons?
      • What does the soil feel like in each season?
    • Allow students to observe different animals
      • What types of animals and creatures can be identified in a nature walk throughout different seasons? (Bunnies, different birds, snakes etc.)

The SPCA does workshops where students can interact with different animals!

Application Ideas for Grade 1:


  • Big Idea: Grade 1-  Observable patterns and cycles occur in the local sky and landscape.
    • Get students to measure the amount of precipitation (week/month/seasonal changes)
      • When does it rain the most?
      • What weather is it when it rains the most?
      • Does rain affect living things?
    • Allow students to explore different local patterns such as building a small windmill or measuring temperature during different months or seasons.
      • What types of weather do we get in each season?
      • Which month or season has more rain, wind, low temperatures?

Pinterest has lots of different ideas for making your own rain gauge, windmill or thermometer!



  • Big Idea: Grade 1-  Living things have features and behaviours that help them survive in their environment.
    • Get students to try and find bugs in their local environment. Without picking them up, get students to take pictures or observe their surroundings.
      • How do animals and plants use their features to respond to stimuli in their environments?
      • Why might a plant or animal do this? Benefits?
      • In what ways to plants do this? In what ways to animals?

If there are few bugs near you, try looking up different places such as Butterfly World, that might be more useful!

Application Ideas for Grade 2:

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If there is a place near you that has a lot of trash, consider doing a water conservation project with you class. Not only would it be an eye opener for the class, but you are giving back to community!



















5 thoughts on “Learning in a Primary Classroom

  1. Thank you for so many great resources! I can totally use these for my K/1’s! I really like the idea of the “Seasonal changes affect all living things” because it can be something that is carried through the whole school year by introducing some new plant or substance during each season and doing a little inquiry on it. I know my students love learning with hands on activities and it really engages them! Hopefully I can incorporate something like this in my practicum! Have you?


    1. I am glad they are useful for you! I have used similar lessons in my grade 4/5 class, but I plan to use them more when I do a plant unit throughout the spring. If you are doing plants as well, we can plan together!!


  2. I love how you gave resources and connected them to the big ideas from the BC curriculum! This makes it so much easier for us as teachers to implement these ideas without stressing over how they are connecting to the curriculum. Thank you:)


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