Lessons

Lessons and other resources for learning to care about, understand and act for the environment

LESSON LIBRARY

  1. Environmental Principles
  2. Systems and Processes of Nature
  3. Systems and Processes of Society
  4. Environments and Resources
  5. Environmental Problems
  6. Investigating and Understanding Environmental Problems
  7. Solving Environmental Problems
  8. Taking Action

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Header Picture Captions: Left to Right: Friends of Rock Bridge Memorial S.P. Nature Detectives, Summer 2010; Academie Lafayette, Kansas City, Stream Class; Sustain Mizzou Green Team recycling at an MU home football game, Columbia. If you have pictures of your students learning aout or working in the environment (with permissions) send them to weaverjc@missouri.edu and we will post them.

Lessons about Communtiies and Ecosystems

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Lessons - stand alone activities with specific learning objectives

Environments and Ecosystems. UE Students explore the biosphere and its associated environments and ecosystems in the context of creating a model ecosystem, learning along the way about the animals and resources. Students investigate different types of ecosystems, learn new vocabulary, and consider why a solid understanding of one's environment and the interdependence of an ecosystem can inform the choices we make and the way we engineer our communities. This lesson is part of a series of six lessons in which students use their growing understanding of various environments and the engineering design process, to design and create their own model biodome ecosystems. From TeachEngineering - http://www.teachengineering.org

Go with the Energy Flow. UE Students learn about energy and nutrient flow in various biosphere climates and environments. They learn about herbivores, carnivores, omnivores, food chains and food webs, seeing the interdependence between producers, consumers and decomposers. Students are introduced to the roles of the hydrologic (water), carbon, and nitrogen cycles in sustaining the worlds' ecosystems so living organisms survive. This lesson is part of a series of six lessons in which students use their growing understanding of various environments and the engineering design process, to design and create their own model biodome ecosystems. From TeachEngineering - http://www.teachengineering.org

Decomposition Column. MS. This activity could go along with a lesson on decomposers, recycling, or composting. When you reduce, reuse and recycle, everyone benefits. Many people may be recycling at home, but how many are composting? Composting reduces the number of things that are thrown away. Building a decomposition column allows people to compost in their own house or classroom. St. Louis Zoo.

Biodiversity by the Numbers. MS. This lesson uses math skills to analyze data about numbers of species in the wild and at the St. Louis Zoo. Students are given step-by-step instructions about how to find percentages using available data. Students use a 100-square grid to look at proportions and relationships in a visual way. They are asked to make predictions about the data and answer questions using the data and their own ideas. St. Louis Zoo.

Food Chains and Food Webs- Balance within Natural Systems. HS This lesson, supported by the provided power point lecture (LESSON 1 and 2 Ecology Lecture Supplement ), introduces students to the concepts of food chains and food webs. Through its use, students learn the difference between producers and consumers and study how these organisms function within their communities to interact in various food chains. Multiple food chains link together to form intricate and balanced food webs. Focus continues to rest on the Sonoran Desert. At the conclusion of this lesson, students are asked to construct a food web using endemic desert species.

 

 

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Curriculum - multiple, connected and sequenced activities

Bringing Outdoor Science In, Thrifty Classroom Lessons, Grades K–8. EE, UE, MS. Clearly organized and easy to use, this helpful guide contains more than 50 science lessons. All lessons include objectives, materials lists, procedures, reproducible data sheets, ideas for adapting to different grade levels, and much more.Introduce students to everything from bug zoos to the Sun and stars without ever needing to put on a jacket. NSTA Member Price: $20.76 Nonmember Price: $25.95.

The North American Conservation Education Strategy Tool Kit for Achieving Excellence. HS, CA. The new publications include Fostering Outdoor Observation Skills, Landscape Investigations Guidelines, Schoolyard Biodiversity Investigations Educator Guide, Project-Based Learning Model, Outdoor Skills Education Handbook, and Sustainable Tomorrow: Applying Systems Thinking to Environmental Education Curricula. Free Download.

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Books - and other readings

Shelterwood - Discover and learn to care for the forest through this richly illustrated children's book. Sophie's grandfather is a logger, and she watches as he harvests trees that will be cut into boards to build houses and furniture-but lets the tallest, wind-firm trees stay, to drop their seeds and start a new generation. Deer and birds and even a bear share the forest's shelter, and Sophie discovers that when we take care of the woods, it provides for us for generations to come. Teachers Guide also available.

 

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Games - outdoor, on-line, board, etc.

 

 

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Videos - short, topical on-line videos

 

 

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Movies - feature length movies and documentaries

To the Arctic 3D - IMAX documentary that follows a mother polar bear and her two cubs.

 

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Stewardship Activities - projects, citizen science, etc.

Discover the Forest -UE, MS. This campaign from the Forest Service and the Ad Council aims to inspire tweens (ages 8 to 12) and parents to re-connect with nature through forests. It includes a link to find forests and parks, and a "book" of outdoor-related acitivites, animal tracks, leaf rubbings, exploring leaf litter, direction finding, a nature scavenger hunt, a waterscope and other activities.

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Links to regional, state, national and international organizations

Agriculture and Environment Lesson Plans. HS, CA. This page provides links tolesson plans, classroom projects and teaching activities for: Agriculture, Aquaculture, Forestry, Animal Science, Environment, Food Science/Culinary Arts, Horticulture, Floriculture, and Landscaping. Vocational Information Center, www.khake.com

 

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