Outdoor learning goes on in pandemic despite cold

Across the country, schools scrambled to get students outdoors during the pandemic to keep them safe and stop the spread of COVID-19. Now, with temperatures plummeting, a smaller number of schools plan to keep it going all winter long. (Dec. 24)

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CINDY SOULE: Felice. OK. Come on. Well, we're going to follow [INAUDIBLE]. Everybody [INAUDIBLE].

- Follow the leader.

CINDY SOULE: OK. So Felice was saying that they're snowflakes. Who agrees with Felice? In rethinking and reimagining what we can do in schools, it became very obvious that the natural world outside around us has so many incredible learning opportunities. So I think, for me, it was a merging of both things. I am outdoors so much more than I had been ever before.

Because-- because of safety and because we sort of were given this green light, this permission, this, yes, do this! Scientist-- I'm hearing so many amazing observations. Who noticed six sides? So you said they all-- and right now, we are just surviving. We're all-- we're in the middle of a pandemic. And being outdoors brings such joy. And I want my students to look back on this time and be like, wow, I remember that year.

We were outside. And we-- we solved a problem with erosion on the hill. And we learned about this amazing scientist Snowflake Bentley, who photographed in the 1800s the first snowflakes. And we discovered all of these amazing things. The scientist-- who's going to start us off with some thinking? What-- what do you know or what did you notice that you already figured out?