By Amy Shellhorn
Look at the title page. Where is the author’s name? What is an author?
What do you think the person on this page is doing?
Do you know what they’re looking through? Have you ever used binoculars? What kinds of things do you think they might see?
A lot of places in the world have seasons; Spring, Summer, Winter and Fall or Autumn. Do you have a favorite season? What do you like about it?
Why do you think there is snow if it is spring time?
What animal do you see in this picture?
Why can’t you see the tops of the trees in this picture?
Can you count the tree trunks in this picture?
What insects do you see on this page? Have you ever seen a butterfly where you live?Look here for more information on the life cycle of a butterfly.
Can you count the wildflowers in this picture?
What does the word graze mean? Find more information on the American bison here.
Do you see the hiker in this picture? Why do you think they are resting? Have you ever been on a hike? Look at their backpack, what things do you think you would need to take on a long hike? How can you be responsible and protect our earth when you’re hiking? You can find more information on the mule deer here.
What kinds of birds do you see in this picture? An alpine lake is a lake or reservoir of water that is at a very high altitude, usually more than 5,000 feet above sea level.
Do you like a rainstorm? How does it make you feel?
Why aren’t there any trees up high in these mountains?
Look at the moose and the beaver. If you see these animals in the wild make sure and observe them from a distance. Check out this information from the national park service on safe ways to observe wildlife.
Why do you think this bird is called the Clark’s Nutcracker? What does the word perch mean? Can you think of another word that means the same thing as perch?
Why are the leaves falling from the trees and changing colors?
What do you think the temperature is like outside in this picture?
Look at the little girl in the picture, what kind of clothing is she wearing?
Have you ever seen a pika before? What do you think the word forage means? Can you think of another word for forage? Why are the pika and the bear foraging for food?
What kind of food do you think these animals eat?
Look at this climber. What kinds of equipment do you think you would need to climb on very high rocks? Is this something you would like to do or have done before?
There is a prong horn antelope in this picture. You can find more information on the antelope here.
Have you ever gone camping before? Can you spot the mountain goat?
Take a look at the night sky tonight before you go to bed. Find the moon and notice it’s phase. Look at the stars. Find out more about constellations and stargazing here:
Look at the elk in this picture, do you think it likes the snow?
What kinds of clothing do you need to wear when it’s snowy and cold outside?
Have you ever caught snowflakes on your tongue?
Things in our life are always changing. Seasons change, circumstances change, and sometimes that is good for growth and sometimes that is hard. What are some things in your life that are constant -that you can always count on or that are a comfort to you? What are some traditions that are important to you or your family? Observing nature is a great way to see the amazing life cycle on our planet and the renewal of things in our world year after year. Where do you see this happening around you?