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 Natural Environments

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Lessons - stand alone activities with specific learning objectives

Title (linked to source). Grade Level. Brief Description. Subjects and Topics. link to pdf if available. Author and Original Source

Investigating Local Ecosystems - Early Elementary - In order to learn about the living environment, young children should begin with direct observation of their immediate surroundings, such as a backyard, schoolyard, or local pond. As students observe their environment, they should have many opportunities to record and communicate their findings using words and pictures. In this lesson, students will observe living organisms in a local ecosystem and create detailed drawings and descriptions of them. From AAAS and ScienceNetLinks at sciencenetlinks.com/lessons

Butterfly 2: A Butterfly's Home - Early Elementary - In Butterfly 2: A Butterfly's Home, students design their own butterfly gardens to demonstrate which environmental characteristics make up a favorable butterfly habitat. You have the option of planting a student-created "butterfly garden," which affords students an opportunity to interact with butterflies in their natural environment.From AAAS and ScienceNetLinks at sciencenetlinks.com/lessons

Biodiversity Bingo - Early Elementary to Upper Elementary - How many different kinds of plants and animals live in your neighborhood? In this scavenger hunt activity, kids explore and document neighborhood diversity. Printable handouts in English and Spanish. Aligned to Next Gen Science Standards. PBS Kids

Branching Out - Upper Elementary- A thematic unit built around trees that covers forests, chromatography and leaves. Science - field and laboratory investigations, organizing data, appling information, characteristics and interactions of living organisms, changes in ecosystems; English - speaking and writing standard English. Includes a variety of activities.

The American Paririe - Middle School - Students will understand 1) in order for any animal to survive within an ecosystem, it must be physically and behaviorally adapted to the conditions of its environment and 2) animals that live on the American prairie have physical and behavioral characteristics that make them well adapted to the prairie environment. Requirements: 2 class sessions, map of the U.S., internet access, books and articles about the American Prairie and the plants and animals that live there, art materials. Students design an imaginary animal that could do well on the prairie. From discoveryeducation.com

 

 

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Curriculum - multiple, connected and sequenced activities

The Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) Science Education Program - The lessons published through the EHP Science Education Program encourage students to learn about their health and their environment through cooperative hands-on and critical thinking activities and real-world examples from the scientific literature. Students also learn their behavior can have significant effects on the environment. Modules cover Air, Water, Land, Climate Change, Food and Health. Lessons are also available in Spanish.

Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) Releases Six New Publications. Grades 9 to 12/Ages 14 to 18 years. The North American Conservation Education Strategy Tool Kit for Achieving Excellence. 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.

National Park Service Prairie Plants Curriculum -Grades 6 to 8 - This curriculum is for homeschoolers taking their students on a field trip to Homestead National Monument in Nebraska. It includes a pre-trip activity and two post-trip activities, reporting and advocating for prairie plants, along with alignments to national standards, and character education. There is a link to a prairie wildflower coloring book and older students might be interested in the natural history pages at the park's website - http://www.nps.gov/home/index.htm

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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.

Prairies - the Missouri Prairie Foundation Education Page answers a number of questions about prarire. What is a prairie? How did prairie get in the midwest? How much prairie is left? Why does prairie matter? What is a prairie remnant, a restoration and a recontstuction? What is "Native Grassland"?

Parts of a grass plant - University of Georgia - a 3-page handy reference illustrating the parts of grass plants, with examples of different kinds of grasses and a short glossary of terms.

Prairie Species Sheet - some typical prairie species and their occurance throughout a prairie year.

Prairie Species

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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

 

 

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Stewardship Activities - projects, citizen science, etc.

Discover the Forest - 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 and adult. 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

Missouri Prairie Foundation

USGS Missouri River Basin Map This site contains thematic maps of the Missouri River Watershed

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