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5th Grade Rain Garden Design Challenge Handouts
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These handouts accompany the 5th Grade Rain Garden Design Challenge Lesson Plan. The handouts give criteria for identifying areas of erosion and non-point source pollution entering waterways on school property, slope and soil suitability criteria for situating the rain garden, and data collection procedures for phosphate testing. The handouts also include guidelines and criteria for the final poster presentation design and Claim-Evidence-Reasoning, as well as rubrics for scoring and guidelines for peer feedback.

Subject:
Elementary Education
Reading Informational Text
Speaking and Listening
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Environmental Science
Measurement and Data
Physical Science
Geology/Earth Science
Hydrology
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Activity/Lab
Formative Assessment
Interim/Summative Assessment
Learning Task
Lesson Plan
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Unit of Study
Author:
Amy Workman
Date Added:
02/23/2019
5th Grade Rain Garden Design Challenge Lesson Plan
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This lesson engages 5th grade students in identifying areas of erosion and ...

This lesson engages 5th grade students in identifying areas of erosion and non-point source pollution entering waterways on school property, making a claim on the most suitable site to locate a rain garden by conducting field tests on slope and soil type, and testing
for the presence of phosphates in waterways on school forest property. Students then compete in a rain garden design challenge using their data to create a poster presentation, including a map and claim evidence reasoning, for the best rain garden design plan, scored using a rubric.

Subject:
Elementary Education
Reading Informational Text
Speaking and Listening
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Environmental Science
Measurement and Data
Physical Science
Geology/Earth Science
Hydrology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Formative Assessment
Interim/Summative Assessment
Lesson Plan
Rubric/Scoring Guide
Unit of Study
Author:
Amy Workman
Date Added:
07/09/2019
AH-CHOO! A Case Study on Climate Change and Allergies
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You work for ScienceSpeak, a public relations firm that educates the public ...

You work for ScienceSpeak, a public relations firm that educates the public about scientific issues. Your company has won a contract with the World Health Organization (WHO) to supply materials for their new multimedia public health campaign about climate change. The WHO is specifically interested in the relationship between climate change and the increasing prevalence of allergies and asthma worldwide.
Your boss calls a meeting to discuss the contract. She gives you a set of Data Tables prepared for you by two expert scientists that summarize recent evidence on the effects of increasing carbon dioxide and temperature on allergenic plants. Your job is to design and produce a communication product such as a brochure, poster, web page, or television program that informs the public about potential links between climate change and allergies.

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Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Life Science
Biology
Material Type:
Interim/Summative Assessment
Lesson Plan
Rubric/Scoring Guide
Provider:
University at Buffalo
Date Added:
12/02/2015
Adams County
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Through a series of three learning experiences, taking place across multiple weeks, ...

Through a series of three learning experiences, taking place across multiple weeks, students will participate in inquiry-based learning about the county in which they live and learn. Students will write informative pieces to teach others about the natural and cultural communities of Adams County.

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English Language Arts
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Author:
Ellen Wolosek
Paige Decker
Sandy Benton
Deb Diemert
Ann Benz
Dennis David
Date Added:
06/28/2019
Adaptation And Mitigation
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This animated video distinguishes the roles of mitigation and adaptation in responding ...

This animated video distinguishes the roles of mitigation and adaptation in responding to climate change. The video offers examples of actions that humans can take as individuals and a society to adapt to and mitigate the impacts of climate change on natural and built environments

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Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Physical Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
WPT Education
Author:
WPT Education
Date Added:
09/14/2016
Animal Classification
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This is a resource to classify different animal species. See pictures and ...

This is a resource to classify different animal species.  See pictures and facts about animals around the world.  Search specific landscapes and animal types.

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Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Learning Task
Reading
Reference Material
Provider:
National Geographic Society
Date Added:
02/09/2017
Bird Island:  What is Biodiversity?
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Through spatial and graphical analysis of bird populations on a fictional island, ...

Through spatial and graphical analysis of bird populations on a fictional island, students learn the meaning of biodiversity, species richness, endemism, and abundance. With the teacher acting as a facilitator, students use an interactive PDF map to explore various ways to represent and compare biodiversity across ecoregions. Students manipulate information layers to identify, describe, compare and graph bird distribution patterns in the island's different ecoregions. Rather than being given a list of vocabulary words, students grapple with the material to discover the meaning of these words and concepts. Through this experiential process, they combine the newly acquired terminology with complementary skills to evaluate and communicate their findings on bird biodiversity. This lesson prepares students for the more complex use of spatial and graphical analysis in our GIS-based Amazon unit.

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Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Physical Science
Geology/Earth Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Date Added:
06/16/2015
Birds, Beaks, and Adaptations
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Students will investigate bird adaptations first-hand by rotating through a series of ...

Students will investigate bird adaptations first-hand by rotating through a series of feeding stations. Using a tool that simulates one style of bird beak, they will learn how adaptations connect birds to certain habitats and behaviors.

Subject:
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Biology
Material Type:
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Simulation
Provider:
Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge
Date Added:
06/21/2016
Birkebeiner
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This video follows John Kotar through the 2010 American Birkebeiner cross-country ski ...

This video follows John Kotar through the 2010 American Birkebeiner cross-country ski race from Cable to Hayward, WI. Having skied every 'Birkie' since it started in 1973, John shares his experience and how the race is being threatened by climate change

Subject:
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Physical Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
WPT Education
Author:
WPT Education
Date Added:
09/14/2016
Can I Eat This? Wild Edibles and Literacy
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Wild edible, medicinal and poisonous plants are an ideal way to connect ...

Wild edible, medicinal and poisonous plants are an ideal way to connect students to the natural world just outside their door. In this unit, students will be able to identify edible, medicinal and poisonous plants using guide books and plotting them on the Siftr app. Using the collected edibles, students will then follow a procedural text to create food from their wild edibles. Students will then create recipes on their own based on a wild edible of their choice to create community cookbooks.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Author:
Amanda Bolan
Date Added:
05/31/2019
“Come High Water” from A Sand County Almanac
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Through this interactive, hands-on lesson, students will read and gain an understanding ...

Through this interactive, hands-on lesson, students will read and gain an understanding of Aldo Leopold’s essay, “Come High Water”. This lesson is best taught in April or around Earth Day when students may be doing a trash cleanup project. If students are cleaning up or exploring near a river, even better!

Subject:
English Language Arts
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Author:
Brittany Hager
Date Added:
05/31/2019
Connect, Explore, Engage Template
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This template is to be used in the Connect, Explore, Engage professional learning series. Sign into WISELearn to create your own copy of this resource and update the template and this abstract.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Author:
Sandy Benton
Victoria Rydberg
Date Added:
02/01/2019
Connect, Explore, Engage Template - Remix
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Subject:
English Language Arts
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Author:
Sandy Benton
Hannah Coddington
Date Added:
06/26/2019
Connect, Explore, Engage through Phenology
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Phenology is the study of seasonal and cyclical changes in nature. In ...

Phenology is the study of seasonal and cyclical changes in nature. In this Unit, students will follow in the footsteps of Aldo Leopold and his children by closely observing the natural world around them, connecting those observations to the seasonal changes in their landscape, and developing an appreciation for the dedication of scientists like Leopold. They will Connect, Explore, and Engage with nature through poetry writing, technology-assisted exploration, and phenological observations.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Author:
Skylar Primm
Date Added:
05/26/2019
Connect, Explore, and Engage: John Muir's Boyhood Neighborhood
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John Muir is known as the father of our National Parks. His ...

John Muir is known as the father of our National Parks. His boyhood was spent in Marquette County, Wisconsin where he found inspiration in the wilderness around him. In this Unit, students will learn about John Muir’s boyhood neighborhood and actively work to preserve it, connect with Muir’s many accomplishments, understand different environmental philosophies, and saunter in nature while observing and reflecting on the world around them. Students will Connect, Explore, and Engage through intentional time in nature, reflective writing, reading inspirational passages by Muir, and using technology to document changes over time.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Author:
Tiffany Lodholz
Date Added:
05/31/2019
Contested Places
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Contested Places is a Siftr-based activity that engages students in exploring their ...

Contested Places is a Siftr-based activity that engages students in exploring their school, neighborhood, or city as a contested place. You can view and comment on other people's examples or upload your own. 
In this activity your task is to locate places and spaces that are contested. You might ask: How do different people view and use this place? What uses cause conflict? How are these conflicts enacted and resolved? Who has power in this place? Who and what is excluded from this place? You may want to look at how people behave or act in the place, but don't forget to also pay attention to what you don't see.

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Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Social Studies
Civics and Government
Economics
Geography
Sociology and Anthropology
Material Type:
Interactive
Learning Task
Lesson Plan
Other
Provider:
Field Day
Date Added:
02/29/2016
Dr. Carter discusses enabling discovery and design of molecules and materials for sustainable energy
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Professor Carter is a theorist/computational scientist first known for her research combining ...

Professor Carter is a theorist/computational scientist first known for her research combining ab initio quantum chemistry with dynamics and kinetics, especially as applied to surface chemistry. Her research into how materials fail due to chemical and mechanical effects led to new insights into how to optimally protect these materials against failure. Her current research is focused entirely on enabling discovery and design of molecules and materials for sustainable energy.

Subject:
Career and Technical Education
Technology and Engineering
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
US NSF
Date Added:
12/23/2015
Drinking Water Treatment 1 - Technology
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The course provides the technological background of treatment processes applied for production ...

The course provides the technological background of treatment processes applied for production of drinking water. Treatment processes are demonstrated with laboratory experiments.

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Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Physics
Material Type:
Full Course
Lecture Notes
Reading
Provider:
Delft University of Technology
Provider Set:
Delft University OpenCourseWare
Author:
J.C. van Dijk
Date Added:
03/05/2016
Elementary Orienteering
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English Language Arts
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Author:
Sandy Benton
Rick Clark
Mary Peterson
Date Added:
06/28/2019
Endangered Species
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This website is a list of threatened & endangered species of Wisconsin. ...

This website is a list of threatened & endangered species of Wisconsin.  You will be able to determine how to identify these species and find out about their habitat, breeding, and sounds.

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Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Material Type:
Reading
Reference Material
Provider:
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Date Added:
02/09/2017
Engineering a Difference
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Engineering a Difference follows three teams of engineering students and professional engineers ...

Engineering a Difference follows three teams of engineering students and professional engineers as they work with communities in Ghana, Kenya and Nicaragua to build critical infrastructure. Together, they develop a clean water supply, electricity and a bridge to help these isolated communities thrive. Here are colorful, compelling stories of how engineers make the world a better place.

Subject:
Career and Technical Education
Technology and Engineering
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
US NSF
Date Added:
12/23/2015
Environmental Preservation in the Progressive Era
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This collection uses primary sources to environmental preservation in the Progressive Era. ...

This collection uses primary sources to environmental preservation in the Progressive Era. Digital Public Library of America Primary Source Sets are designed to help students develop their critical thinking skills and draw diverse material from libraries, archives, and museums across the United States. Each set includes an overview, ten to fifteen primary sources, links to related resources, and a teaching guide. These sets were created and reviewed by the teachers on the DPLA's Education Advisory Committee.

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Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
U.S. History
Material Type:
Primary Source
Provider:
Digital Public Library of America
Provider Set:
Primary Source Sets
Author:
Ella Howard
Date Added:
04/11/2016
Farming
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Kyle Niedfeldt Zenz, a fourth generation farmer in Bangor, WI, is the ...

Kyle Niedfeldt Zenz, a fourth generation farmer in Bangor, WI, is the farm manager at Old Oak Family Farm. Watch as she describes the diverse crops and animals raised on the farm and the challenges they face from climate change, including pests and disease

Subject:
Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Life Science
Physical Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
WPT Education
Author:
WPT Education
Date Added:
09/14/2016
Field Day Lab
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Are you a dreamer, risk-taker, and experimental mess-maker? Are you interested in ...

Are you a dreamer, risk-taker, and experimental mess-maker? Are you interested in new media and how technology can transform learning experiences? If so, we want to talk with you! Visit our website to learn more about the workshops, free educational tools, and teacher fellowships we provide.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Information and Technology Literacy
Biology
Chemistry
Geology/Earth Science
Physics
Social Studies
Material Type:
Other
Provider:
Field Day
Date Added:
02/17/2016
Fly Fishing
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Follow Peter Cozad, a fly fishing guide in Viroqua as he explores ...

Follow Peter Cozad, a fly fishing guide in Viroqua as he explores a few of the many trout streams in southwestern Wisconsin. Learn why fly fishing is important to the economy of the region as well as to him personally, and how it may be threatened by climate change

Subject:
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Physical Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
WPT Education
Author:
WPT Education
Date Added:
09/14/2016
Forestry
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Marshall Pecore, forest manager for Menominee Tribal Enterprises, describes the forest's economic ...

Marshall Pecore, forest manager for Menominee Tribal Enterprises, describes the forest's economic and cultural value, and the management techniques used in order to sustain it. He identifies invasive species and diseases as a major threat to forest health, a threat that may intensify as Wisconsin's climate warms

Subject:
Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Life Science
Physical Science
Social Studies
Ethnic Studies
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
WPT Education
Author:
WPT Education
Date Added:
09/14/2016
Forests Are Always Changing
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In this lesson, students simulate forest succession and disturbances by role-playing trees. ...

In this lesson, students simulate forest succession and disturbances by role-playing trees. Using calculations, students discover how forests are renewable resources.

Subject:
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Biology
Mathematics
Material Type:
Game
Interactive
Learning Task
Simulation
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
UW-Stevens Point LEAF
Date Added:
05/17/2016
Fourth Grade Maple Syrup WISE Learn Unit
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Students develop an understanding of the maple syrup process from tapping trees ...

Students develop an understanding of the maple syrup process from tapping trees to evaporating sap through hands-on experiences.

Subject:
Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
Education
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Life Science
Botany
Environmental Science
Forestry and Agriculture
Physical Science
U.S. History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Formative Assessment
Learning Task
Lesson
Other
Reference Material
Unit of Study
Author:
Amy Bass & Tara Nelson
Date Added:
05/21/2019
GETTING TO THE CORE: THE LINK BETWEEN TEMPERATURE AND CARBON DIOXIDE
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This lesson plan gives students first-hand experience in analyzing the link between ...

This lesson plan gives students first-hand experience in analyzing the link between atmospheric temperatures and carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations by looking at ice core data spanning hundreds of thousands of years.

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Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Physical Science
Geology/Earth Science
Material Type:
Learning Task
Lesson Plan
Date Added:
06/16/2015
GeoClimate: Probing Earth's Deep-Time Climate Archives
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GeoClimate is a developing community-based initiative that focuses on the importance of ...

GeoClimate is a developing community-based initiative that focuses on the importance of "deep time" for understanding today's climate and climate change. Earth's climate system operates on a continuum of temporal, spatial, and parametric scales. The deep-time geologic record preserves numerous examples of past climate transitions between states more extreme than those recorded in instrumental data, in historical records, or even in Quaternary archives. Critically, some of these transitions show evidence of having been abrupt--a major societal concern in light of the large changes currently occurring in atmospheric CO2 levels, which have now moved beyond the envelope of Quaternary variation, and into the realm of deep time. In this regard, an understanding of the details of large-scale transitions in deep time, and the processes involved in them, is critical to an informed assessment of future climate change.

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Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
US NSF
Date Added:
12/23/2015
Going Out on a Limb-Plant Communities of Wisconsin Central Sand Plains
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Through a study of the Central Sand Plains region of Wisconsin, students ...

Through a study of the Central Sand Plains region of Wisconsin, students will participate in learning experiences both in the classroom and outdoors, so that they can recognize and identify natural divisions and forest types within this region. Students will learn how the conditions essential for a native forest community can help us make decisions about what foods grow best in our region. They will write a research piece to compare and contrast the life cycles and structures of two plants, one forest and one garden plant) we have studied.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Author:
Sandy Benton
Pamela Bilderback
Kristin Grooms
Michele Crispell
Victoria Rydberg
Date Added:
06/28/2019
Go with the Flow
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This Elaborate session allows students to apply what they have learned to ...

This Elaborate session allows students to apply what they have learned to new situations. In this session students participate in a selection of activities that focus on science process skills and content understanding. To complete the session, students work independently or with peers to complete an offline activity that reinforces science process skills.

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Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Life Science
Biology
Material Type:
Interactive
Learning Task
Date Added:
06/16/2015
Great Lakes Shipping
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Come aboard with Pilot Randy Hayes on the Isa, a Great Lakes ...

Come aboard with Pilot Randy Hayes on the Isa, a Great Lakes cargo ship carrying steel to the Port of Milwaukee, and explore the impacts of climate change on Great Lakes shipping. Learn how water level and shipping season affect the amount of cargo a ship can carry

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Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Physical Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
WPT Education
Author:
WPT Education
Date Added:
09/14/2016
How Wolves Change Rivers
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When wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park in the United States ...

When wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park in the United States after being absent nearly 70 years, the most remarkable "trophic cascade" occurred. What is a trophic cascade and how exactly do wolves change rivers? 
Students will watch this video as an example for how populations can change an ecosystem.

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Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Life Science
Biology
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
Films for Action
Date Added:
12/02/2015
Infiniscope Homepage
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FREE to access discussion forums, events, professional development, and more digital content. ...

FREE to access discussion forums, events, professional development, and more digital content. Learn to create your own digital learning experiences using NASA visualizations and connect with educators.

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Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Life Science
Physical Science
Material Type:
Lesson
Author:
Debbie Morgan
Diane Ripollone
Elizabeth Sebastian
Helen Coyle
Maki Fullerton
Siobhan Sackey
Date Added:
01/23/2019
Introduction to Siftr
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In this <1 hr course, you will learn how to use the ...

In this <1 hr course, you will learn how to use the Siftr mobile tool to create new "fieldwork" activity for your class. Fieldwork activities involve learners observing and documenting their world. Fieldwork activities include citizen science, citizen journalism, citizen ethnography and span both the physical and social sciences.

Subject:
Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
Business and Information Technology
Health Science
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Art and Design
Art History
Performing and Visual Arts
Biology
Botany
Environmental Science
Zoology
Geology/Earth Science
Social Studies
Geography
Sociology and Anthropology
World Cultures
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Interactive
Reference Material
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Field Day Lab
Jim Mathews
Date Added:
05/16/2018