Math in Nature


When math and science meet in real-life, expect a depth of understanding that can’t be beat! This not-to-miss nature curriculum makes amazing connections that will inspire your students to look for math everywhere.


If you’re wondering what the No Sweat Nature Study series has to offer, click that little tab above to find out!

Would you love to inspire your children to get excited about math? This curriculum guide can help you do just that!

Eight, meaty lessons utilize a variety of print and video media to teach about the incredible shapes and patterns found in nature. This topic is fascinating and will have even the most skeptical math-hater enamored. Don’t be surprised when your students actually get excited to notice math all around them!

Topics include:

  • 2-D & 3-D Shapes
  • Symmetry
  • Patterns
  • Tessellations
  • Fractals
  • Fibonacci Sequence

Making real-life connections to math is important. It shows children that there really is a purpose to the work we give them and that math is everywhere. It shows them that math matters and it might not be quite as hard as it can seem sometimes.

Making cross-curricular connections is important, too. Anytime you connect one subject to another, it builds a depth to understanding that becomes a firm foundation. I’m sure you’ve heard of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) education? This curriculum hits 4/5 of those components pretty hard!

With all of those goals in mind, Math in Nature: Shapes and Patterns was written for 1st-8th grade students and can be used with multiple ages, interests, abilities, and learning styles all at once.

Your students are going to love it!

Note: If you only have younger students at the moment, you may decide to leave the last couple of lessons since they dig a little deep in mathematical concepts.

  • 36 pages
  • Digital curriculum
  • Appropriate for black and white printing
  • Printing is not necessary
  • Content suitable for charter schools

What is No Sweat Nature Study?

Have you ever wished for a nature study that simply didn’t require any outdoor time?

No packing of bags full of nature journals and sunblock.

No half-days spent driving to and from the nature trails.

No whining about the temperature that’s either too hot or too cold.

Well, it’s here. 

The No Sweat Nature Study series allows you to teach nature-based lessons from the comfort of your home or classroom using an amazing variety of fresh resources that will make a deep scientific impact on your students.

Through the use of kid-friendly, hand-selected videos, websites, online images, and books, you can teach nature study topics to multiple ages in short bursts of time.

Wait. Some of you are die-hard fans of “real” nature study – the outdoor kind – and you’re wondering how this curriculum could be legit, aren’t you?

Trust me when I say I am all for getting outdoors for real-life nature study. In fact, nature walks have been a weekly habit around our house for years and years now – and they’ve made a huge difference in our homeschool.

Some people just don’t like getting outside, though. Others struggle with time, energy, health, or climate issues. Some are attempting to teach nature study in co-ops or classrooms without options to get outdoors frequently.

I want everyone to have the opportunity to study in-depth nature topics, and this curriculum is just about as close to real life nature walks as you can get without going outside.

But, don’t stop reading just yet my “real” nature study friend. YOU can benefit from this curriculum, too! It’s a great way to add some depth and understanding to things you’re already discovering in the field during your nature walks.

Whether your a fan of nature walks or not, you’ll find this series to provide you with a unique method to experience nature study!

  • You get to choose exactly how much and what you study as you work through eight lessons.
  • The activities are leveled for difficulty, while allowing you the opportunity to do more or less depending on the interests and abilities of your students.
  • Whether you do a little or a lot from each lesson, rest assured that serious nature-based science will be learned.

This curriculum is perfect to add to a morning time routine. It’s also perfect to use once-a-week as a supplement to your regular science curriculum. If you choose to do all the lessons and really dig deep within each, you could use No Sweat Nature Study as your complete science curriculum for whichever topics you choose. How you choose to use it is really up to you!

Written with 1st-8th graders in mind, the topics are really very in-depth. Using kid-size terminology and resources, I think you’ll be surprised and excited about how much scientific information your students are able to absorb!


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