Creative Resources for Your Class
These are education materials are created and developed by MEEA. Worksheets are provided to educators to use in their classroom or at home. Complete downloads are available at the bottom of the page and in our Document Library.
Missouri Species Activity Sheets
These coloring sheets introduce young children to Missouri Species. The large drawing in the center is designed for children seven and older to color on their own. The box on the upper right hand side tells what colors to use if children are interested in their drawing looking like the living species. However, any colors are fine and can be used to talk about why species are one color and not another. The coloring sheets are available as pdfs and can be downloaded, copied and used for educational uses. In addtion, there is a blank coloring sheet if you would like to create your own.x
Downloads are available at the bottom of the page and in our Document Library.
A sample list of available resources is below.
Missouri Forest Organisms Throughout the Year Worksheet
- White Oak
- Lobster Mushroom
- Fox Squirrel
- Flowering Dogwood
- Indiana Bat
- British Soldier Lichen
Missouri Prairie Species Throughout the Year Worksheet
- Eastern Bluebird
- Box Turtle
- Writing Spider
- Common Milkweed
- Big Bluestem
Stream, River Pond, Lake
- Ebony Shell
- North Cray Fish
- Channel Catfish
- Eastern Red Cedar
- Eastern Collard Lizard
British Soldier Lichen
Whirlybirds are squares that can be folded into shapes that allow the user to “uncover” information about whatever is shown on a flap by lifting the flap. Complete downloads are available at the bottom of the page and in our Document Library.
Prairie, Forest or Edge? Where do different species like to live?
Visual Essays & Games
Visual essays are pictures that can help a person think or talk about an environmental idea or issue. Our downloadable PDFs include an introduction, guiding questions and visual ques to help your learners. Complete downloads are available at the bottom of the page and in our Document Library.
The Human Footprint
As the consideration of resources moves from air to shelter, the amounts and kinds of resources used are shaped less by physical need and more by the personal choices we make and the cultural, economic, governmental and structural systems in which we live.
Each of the icons on the sheet represents a use of public lands. Cut out the icons, add a few of your own relevant to your area, and try sorting them into different groups based on characteristics of the use – recreation vs. production, human-powered vs. gas powered, etc.
This visual essay poses 8 questions related to eating meat to help individuals or groups explore their understanding of and attitudes about eating meat so they can make well-thought out decisions about meat in their diet. There are other questions about eating meat, these are just to get the discussion going!
Mixed up about the different kinds of plastics there are? Use these game cards to become more familiar with six of the seven kinds that are recycled by many cities, towns and counties.
After generating the 1200+ questions for identifying the scope and depth of environmental knowledge that students should know at the end of each major period of schooling, it seemed like a lot of work for just using for tests. So we decided to create an environmental trivia game.
Cheryl Hardy (Columbia College, Columbia Missouri) designed a game board and a set of rules for playing and Jan Weaver (MEEA) edited and formatted the questions to fit on game cards. The Boone’s Lick Master Naturalists beta-tested the game at one of their monthly meetings and prompted changes to make the game easier and faster to play. The game was tested again at Columbia’s Earth Day Festival and drew lots of interest and players to the booth.
The work was supported by an EPA Environmental Education Grant. However, MEEA, and Jan Weaver specifically, assumes all responsibilty for any errors in the questions, whether factual, grammatical or spelling.