Nature Walk Recording Pages for Emergent Readers

book cover for rock collecting bookThis post has nature walk recording pages for emergent readers. I recently walked to the beach with Sue Butter’s cute kindergarten class. They were each to collect 3 rocks for the stepping stones they were making for mother’s day.  Grand Marais is a great place for finding rocks as it is on the shore of Lake Superior. This post has 2 freebies, one for a nature walk and one about rocks. 

As the class left the school, one child asked, “Which lake are we going to?”  Sue Butter answered, “The big lake!”  “Oh, I know, that’s Lake Superior!” said another.  Sue instructed the children to walk with “marshmallow feet” until they were out of the school.

Photo of the Grand Marais, MN harbor

There was sand on the part of the beach the class went to, and under the sand, guess what?  STILL SNOW! Our yard still has lots of snow, but it appears to be finally melting.

snow under the sand

Rock Collecting

So the walk was very exciting, and so was finding the most beautiful rocks children ever found.  When one child found a heart-shaped rock, everyone began looking for more.  Rocks with sparkles, shiny rocks, agates, and heart-shaped were the most popular.

photo of rocks collected by the children

I have written about Let’s Go Rock Collecting by Roma Gans, illustrated by Holly Keller, and other rock books before on this blog.  Let’s Go Rock Collecting is an excellent book for helping children understand the whole world has rocks, and how they formed.  Sue Butter’s class was selecting rocks for the garden stones they are making for their mothers.  Later this month they will study rocks.

Nature Walk Recording Pages

Here are two free printable pages for walking outside with your class or children on these beautiful spring days when it is so difficult to stay inside.  I know Sue’s class will be going on more walks, so I thought of making these take-along pages.  Any excuse to be outside learning in the spring is good.  As they say in Montana, “No child left inside.”

photo of pages in free printable

Next, I have a rocks printable.  While this printable is 53 pages, it really isn’t a comprehensive rock unit. There is so much to learn about rocks, and I didn’t discuss the rock cycle in this PDF.

I included pocket chart cards and some rock sorting pages.  On the count-to-20 card pages (math center), I added some fossils.  It is difficult to find rock clip art that is good for children, and it seemed more interesting to add the fossils for counting.  Most of the art is from Teacher’s Clip Art and I really appreciate her letting me use the art in freebies. She made all the rocks and fossil art.



I hope you find these sites and my printables helpful, and that you get to go outside with your class when the weather is nice.

Thank you for reading, Carolyn

About the Author:

Carolyn Wilhelm is the author of The Wise Owl Factory site and blog. She has an MS in Gifted Education, an MA in Curriculum and Instruction K-12, and has completed the KHT Montessori 12 month program. She makes mostly free resources for teachers and parents.


  1. Carolyn Wilhelm 05/02/2013 at 9:48 am

    Hi, Andrea, I can approve links and comments when my online tools are being ornery! Thanks for linking to me, too, you have such great ideas on your blog. As a former first grade teacher, your ideas would also fit for the hands on learning in that class!

  2. Sue butter 04/30/2013 at 10:25 pm

    Wonderful! Can’t wait to use it next week! Supposed to snow again though…..
    I love the nature walk sheets. I’m going to laminate and take with me on our next walk. Thank you Carolyn! You rock! Sorry…had to say it.

    • Carolyn Wilhelm 05/02/2013 at 9:50 am

      Hi Sue, Thanks for writing. I heard you there was snow again, so I hope you can get your class outside soon. I am adding a link to a rock site that shows the rock cycle online with an interactive. Thanks for writing and collaborating, Carolyn

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