Nature Bowl
NATURE BOWL! Each year, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife invite 3rd-6th graders to compete in teams from their schools to test their knowedlge of nature and environmental science! Enjoy these activities that Nature Bowl teams like to use to sharpen their knowledge of nature and the great outdoors, and maybe it will inspire you to join a Nature Bowl team one day, too!

Today’s Activities

Vocabulary Match!

Open these Nature Bowl flashcards in Quizlet and click on “Match” in the left-hand menu to play!


How much water does it take to grow a hamburger? This team problem demonstrates the far-reaching impact that water has on virtually every aspect of our environment, and the answer will astound you!


Visit this resource from the Central Sierra Environmental Resource Center to see if you can link each animal to who eats who?


Organisms develop certain features to survive in their habitat. Watch this 3-minute video from Scholastic’s StudyJams and then click “Test Yourself” to take the 7-question quiz.


Did you know that the Sierra Nevada Red Fox, California Wolverine, Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep, and the Pacific Fisher are all endangered animals in California? Read more about them at Yosemite’s “Threatened Mammals” page. Then, let’s draw a Red Fox for fun! Follow these steps.

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Focus on figurative language: An idiom is a phrase or expression that has a different meaning from the literal meaning. What does “You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar” mean? Discuss the meaning and use it in a sentence with someone in your home.

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