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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:
Geology
Hydrology
Elementary Education
Reading Informational Text
Speaking and Listening
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Environmental Science
Measurement and Data
Physical Science
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Activity/Lab
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Interim/Summative Assessment
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Author:
Amy Workman
Date Added:
08/02/2019
5th Grade Rain Garden Design Challenge Lesson Plan
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This lesson engages 5th grade students in identifying areas of erosion and 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:
Geology
Hydrology
Elementary Education
Reading Informational Text
Speaking and Listening
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Environmental Science
Measurement and Data
Physical Science
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Activity/Lab
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Author:
Amy Workman
Date Added:
08/02/2019
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 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.

Subject:
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Life Science
Biology
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Interim/Summative Assessment
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University at Buffalo
Date Added:
12/02/2015
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Adams County
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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
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Unit of Study
Author:
Sandy Benton
Deb Diemert
Ann Benz
Dennis David
Ellen Wolosek
Paige Decker
Date Added:
09/07/2019
American Indian Curriculum Links by Lucille Burr.pdf
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Recommended resources that Lucille Barr has used in her classroom. Lucille has graciously shared them with the Advancing Environmental Literacy through Culturally-Relevant Text Sets group.

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Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Social Studies
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Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Lucille Barr
Date Added:
04/11/2022
Becoming Better Observers: How does observing, asking questions, and making connections help me understand things in nature?
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This series of 5 high-quality, standards-aligned, inquiry-based activities have been field-tested by first grade students and families of Wequiock Children's Center for Environmental Science during Safer At Home orders. These activities encourage students to use natural areas around their homes and in their neigbhorhoods as they improve their science observation skils. The materials used are ones generally available at home and the activites require little preparation on the part of caregivers.Created as a part of a WISELearn OER Innovation project, Connect, Explore, and Engage: Using the Environment as the Context for Science Learning was a collaboration of the Wequiock Children's Center for Environmental Science and the Wisconsin Green Schools Network. One of the goals of the project was to create standards-aligned lessons that utilize the outdoor spaces of the school (as well as those of the students' homes).  Each section of this resource is an individual activity. While each activity builds on the previous ones, it is possible to use them individually.The observation protocol "I Notice, I Wonder, It Reminds Me Of, I Think Maybe" has been adapted from that of the BEETLES Project.The title image was used with permission and is courtesy of Joe Riederer.

Subject:
Earth and Space Science
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Life Science
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Unit of Study
Author:
Sandy Benton
Karla Koch
Date Added:
05/28/2020
Bird Island:  What is Biodiversity?
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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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Geology
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Physical Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Date Added:
06/16/2015
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Boston School Forest - Backyard Habitat Investigation
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The Boston School Forest is a field trip destination for 6,000 students each year providing high quality outdoor environmental education programs that expand and authenticate classroom learning. Science education in our district is transitioning to provide greater opportunity for inquiry, and teachers are now searching for resources that can be used in either face-to-face or e-learning formats. The Backyard Habitat Series focuses on connecting kids to an outdoor place through use of sensory observation, exploring the natural features and animals, and engaging in the improvement of habitat for neighborhood wildlife species. Classroom teachers, preservice teachers, and families will discover straightforward instructions, few materials or background knowledge required, and a format that is easily adaptable to the e-learning environment.

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Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Ecology
Environmental Science
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Author:
Karla Lockman
Date Added:
06/24/2020
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Can I Eat This? Wild Edibles and Literacy
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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
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Unit of Study
Author:
Amanda Bolan
Date Added:
08/21/2019
Chief Oshkosh: Leader in Troubled Times
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When the United States Government’s land grabs put his people in harm’s way, this Menominee leader pushed back and proposed a new plan to protect their homeland and way of life.

Resources available for exploring this story include:
- A short animated video with captions and transcripts in English and Spanish
- A short biography book accessible as a slide deck, with per-page audio for listening along, and maps of key locations in the story
- Questions that can be used for conversation, reflection, and connection with the story
- A historical image gallery full of primary and secondary sources to explore
- A guide for activating the media with learners that includes story stats, extension activity ideas, and standards supported

This story is part of Wisconsin Biographies, a collection of educational media resources for grades 3-6. Explore the full collection at pbswisconsineducation.org/biographies.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Social Studies
American Indian Studies
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Other
Author:
PBS Wisconsin Education
Date Added:
01/07/2022
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“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 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
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Unit of Study
Author:
Sandy Benton
Brittany Hager
Date Added:
10/07/2019
Compare Human-Made Objects with Natural Objects
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In small groups, students experiment and observe the similarities and differences between human-made objects and objects from nature. They compare the function and structure of hollow bones with drinking straws, bird beaks, tool pliers, bat wings and airplane wings. Observations are recorded in a compare & contrast chart, and then shared in a classroom discussion, along with follow up assessment activities such as journal writing and Venn diagrams.

Subject:
Career and Technical Education
Earth and Space Science
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
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Activity/Lab
Author:
Katie Feuerhelm
Date Added:
06/28/2022
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Connect,
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English Language Arts
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
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Unit of Study
Author:
Sandy Benton
Hannah Coddington
Date Added:
08/21/2019
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Connect, Explore, Engage - Bluebird Nestbox Data Collection using Siftr.org
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Students will research the life cycle, characteristics, and behavior of the Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis). They will regularly monitor Eastern Bluebird nestboxes and collect data using the Siftr app and may choose to report the data to BRAW (Bluebird Restoration Association of Wisconsin). The data and observations can be used in various ongoing inquiry and research activities.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Author:
Sandy Benton
Beth Hoagland
Date Added:
01/16/2020
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Connect, Explore, Engage: Familiarizing Preservice Teachers with the Wisconsin Standards for Environmental Literacy & Sustainability
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This resource is an action plan that includes inquiry, exploratory activities, discussion, and application. It is intended to familiarize preservice teachers with the three interconnected strands of the Wisconsin Standards for Environmental Literacy and Sustainability including: Connect, Explore, and Engage. This plan will allow preservice teachers to identify and integrate the standards associated with Connect, Explore, and Engage and implement the standards.

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Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
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Other
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Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Kathleen Kremer
Date Added:
06/30/2020
Connect, Explore, Engage Template (Open Author 1.0)
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Subject:
English Language Arts
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Author:
Victoria Rydberg
Sandy Benton
Date Added:
06/03/2020
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Connect, Explore, Engage- Three Sisters Garden
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Students will read and discuss the legends of three inseparable sisters, corn, bean, and squash, who only grow and thrive together. This relates to the tradition of interplanting corn, beans, and squash in the same mounds, which is widespread among Native American farming societies. It is a sustainable system that provided long-term soil fertility and a healthy diet for generations. The students will also develop an understanding of symbiotic relationships found between organisms living in the same ecosystems.

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English Language Arts
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
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Activity/Lab
Unit of Study
Author:
Sandy Benton
Beth Hoagland
Erika Suo
Date Added:
01/16/2020
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Connect, Explore, Engage through Phenology
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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
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Unit of Study
Author:
Skylar Primm
Date Added:
08/21/2019
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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 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:
08/21/2019
Contested Places
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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.

Subject:
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Social Studies
Civics and Government
Economics
Geography
Sociology and Anthropology
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Interactive
Learning Task
Lesson Plan
Other
Provider:
Field Day
Date Added:
02/29/2016
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A Cool Connection: Using a short story or a one act play to  explore the environmental impact of electricity use
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This activity uses the reading, A Cool Connection (as a short story or one act play), to increase student understanding of how electrical power gets to their home and to introduce the connections between environmental problems and personal consumption. The storyline revolves around a group of high school students seeking relief from a heatwave while planning activities for their Ecology Club.

Topics introduced and assessed:
• The steps needed to move electrical power from where it is produced to where it is consumed
• The environmental costs of energy production
• The social costs of not meeting electrical demand

Subject:
English Language Arts
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Ecology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Joe Riederer
Date Added:
01/16/2020
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 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 of drinking water. Treatment processes are demonstrated with laboratory experiments.

Subject:
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
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Elementary Orienteering
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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
Mary Peterson
Rick Clark
Date Added:
09/07/2019
Endangered Species
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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.

Subject:
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 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
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US NSF
Date Added:
12/23/2015
Environmental Literacy & Science Lesson Plan
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Subject:
Geology
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Life Science
Physical Science
Material Type:
Lesson
Author:
Sandy Benton
Date Added:
01/27/2020
Environmental Preservation in the Progressive Era
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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.

Subject:
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
February 2, 2022 Recording Connect, Explore, Engage with Standards for Culturally-Relevant Text Sets
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View the recording of session with DPI Environmental Education Consultant, Victoria Rydberg to find out how these seven standards can help you connect, explore, and engage with environmental literacy in your curriculum! Designed and adopted by the state of Wisconsin in 2018, learn how these standards provide educators with strong themes to design text-sets for culturally-relevant learning.

Subject:
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Sandy Benton
Date Added:
02/03/2022
Field Day Lab
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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:
Geology
English Language Arts
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Biology
Chemistry
Physics
Social Studies
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Other
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Field Day
Date Added:
02/17/2016
Forests Are Always Changing
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In this lesson, students simulate forest succession and disturbances by role-playing trees. Using calculations, students discover how forests are renewable resources.

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Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Biology
Mathematics
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Game
Interactive
Learning Task
Simulation
Teaching/Learning Strategy
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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 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
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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 atmospheric temperatures and carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations by looking at ice core data spanning hundreds of thousands of years.

Subject:
Geology
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Physical Science
Material Type:
Learning Task
Lesson Plan
Date Added:
06/16/2015
Gaylord Nelson: A Vision for the Earth
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From outdoor adventures in Clear Lake, to representing his community and his state in government, this down-to-earth visionary always kept his eyes on the environment to make a better world for us all.

Resources available for exploring this story include:
- A short animated video with captions and transcripts in English and Spanish
- A short biography book accessible as a slide deck, with per-page audio for listening along, and maps of key locations in the story
- Questions that can be used for conversation, reflection, and connection with the story
- A historical image gallery full of primary and secondary sources to explore
- A guide for activating the media with learners that includes story stats, extension activity ideas, and standards supported

This story is part of Wisconsin Biographies, a collection of educational media resources for grades 3-6. Explore the full collection at pbswisconsineducation.org/biographies/about.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Social Studies
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Other
Author:
PBS Wisconsin Education
Date Added:
04/09/2020
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 "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.

Subject:
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Material Type:
Lesson
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US NSF
Date Added:
12/23/2015
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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 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
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Unit of Study
Author:
Victoria Rydberg
Sandy Benton
Pamela Bilderback
Kristin Grooms
Michele Crispell
Date Added:
09/07/2019
Go with the Flow
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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.

Subject:
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Life Science
Biology
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Interactive
Learning Task
Date Added:
06/16/2015
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A Grab Bag of Nature Journaling at High Marq
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This unit includes five nature journaling experiences implemented at High Marq Environmental Charter School during the 2021-22 school year. They are a bit of a grab bag in terms of subject and skills focus, but all included practices from How to Teach Nature Journaling by Emilie Lygren and John Muir Laws. Please Remix this template for your purposes.

Subject:
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Mathematics
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Activity/Lab
Learning Task
Author:
Skylar Primm
Date Added:
05/18/2022
How Wolves Change Rivers
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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.

Subject:
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Life Science
Biology
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
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Films for Action
Date Added:
12/02/2015
THE IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE ON PHENOLOGY OF INDIGENOUS NATURAL RESOURCES
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The Bayfield High School Ojibwe Language Course focuses on teaching traditional Ojibwe lifeways while using the Ancestral language. Students will learn how the Ojibwe people historically depended on natural resources for their survival. One activity that occurs in the spring is the investigation of Plant Phenology. The students will further their investigation by looking into reasons why the Phenology of certain plants vary. The students will focus on the impact of climate change and how it poses many risks to phenological events in the plants used by the Great lakes Ojibwe. Students will list various plants, research, and record the phenological events of the plants. Students will compare their observations with the previous year to determine if the plants are impacted by Climate change.  Local tribal elders and harvesters provide traditional stories and observations to gain a historical information on plant phenology. Through this activity, Bayfield students learn about how climate change can alter the phenology of some plant species and might impact traditional harvesting.

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Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
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Rick Erickson
rebecca boyd
Date Added:
06/04/2022
Infiniscope Homepage
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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 Environmental Literacy & Sustainability Standards
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This resource shows how a teacher educator can unpack a general overview of the connect, explore and engage strands of Wisconsin's Environmental Literacy and Sustainability (WELS) Standards. While pre-service teachers will undoubtedly become immersed in WELS standards during their science and science methods courses, the integration of WELS standards from the very beginning of their teacher certification program is a proactive approach to learning.   The placement of WELS standards into the beginning of their program will hopefully increase the likelihood these future educators will  value this integration as a natural part of their teaching requirements rather than as an additional concept to squeeze in.

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Elementary Education
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
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Activity/Lab
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Learning Task
Author:
Corey Thompson
Date Added:
06/24/2020
Introduction to Siftr
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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
Geology
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Art and Design
Art History
Performing and Visual Arts
Biology
Botany
Environmental Science
Zoology
Social Studies
Geography
Sociology and Anthropology
World Cultures
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Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Interactive
Reference Material
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Field Day Lab
Jim Mathews
Date Added:
05/16/2018
Investigating Water in My Backyard
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This inquiry is designed for supporting students' independent exploration of water outdoors as well as the use of computer interactives. 

Subject:
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Environmental Science
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Activity/Lab
Interactive
Author:
Victoria Rydberg
Sandy Benton
Ruth Ann Lee
Date Added:
04/01/2020
Iskigamizigan (Sugarbush)
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Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe School has an annual sugarbush within a few miles of the school.  During the Spring sugarbush season, students are bussed to the site, by class, to do the variety of daily tasks required to successfully produce maple syrup.  The LCO middle school students follow the Ojibwe traditions.  They hear the traditional stories, learn words and phrases in the Ojibwemowin language, tap trees, collect and boil sap, chop wood and build fires. The students learn about tree identification, photosynthesis, and aging trees using cross sections.  They also learn about the importance and uses of Maple trees.  The students learn that the environmental conditions needed to make maple syrup are only found in a very small part of the world that includes Wisconsin.  The combination of hands-on exploration and culturally - relevant texts personalize the learning experience for this region.   

Subject:
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Ecology
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Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Unit of Study
Author:
Rick Erickson
Tammy Moncel
Date Added:
06/04/2022
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“January Thaw” from A Sand County Almanac
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Through this interactive, hands-on lesson, students will read and gain an understanding of Aldo Leopold’s essay, “January Thaw”. This lesson is best taught in January and/or when animal tracks are present outside.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Material Type:
Lesson
Unit of Study
Author:
Sandy Benton
Brittany Hager
Date Added:
10/07/2019
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Keep Calm and Save the Bats!
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In this series of activities, students build their background knowledge about bats through a variety of media and texts (Activity 1), play games to learn more about how bats interact with their prey and how they use their bodies, and choose an action(s) to help make the world a better place for bats, and therefore, humans (Activity 2). My students decided to create educational posters convincing people to help bats, plant a bat garden, build a bat house, and adopt-a-bat. They also wrote persuasive letters to hang the bat house on our school, which they presented to the administration (and the project was approved - in addition to which the principal asked us to create additional educational materials to teach the school community - teachers, students, other staff - and families about the benefits of bats).

Subject:
Elementary Education
English Language Arts
Reading Informational Text
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Ecology
Environmental Science
Geography
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Author:
Kristin Halverson
Date Added:
06/05/2020
Kindergarten Pushes and Pulls
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This series of 5 high-quality, standards-aligned, inquiry-based activities and two environmental STEM challenge activities have been field-tested by kindergarten students and families of Wequiock Children's Center for Environmental Science during Safer At Home orders. These activities encourage students to use natural areas around their homes and in their neigbhorhoods as they improve their science observation and reasoning skils as they explore the science of pushes and pulls in nature. The materials used are ones generally available at home and the activites require little preparation on the part of caregivers. Created as a part of a WISELearn OER Innovation project, Connect, Explore, and Engage: Using the Environment as the Context for Science Learning was a collaboration of the Wequiock Children's Center for Environmental Science and the Wisconsin Green Schools Network. One of the goals of the project was to create standards-aligned lessons that utilize the outdoor spaces of the school (as well as those of the students' homes).  Each section of this resource is an individual activity. While each activity builds on the previous ones, it is possible to use them individually.The title image was used with permission and is courtesy of Joe Riederer.

Subject:
Physical Education
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Life Science
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Author:
Sandy Benton
Michelle Vanlieshout
Date Added:
05/28/2020
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Landforms of Adams County, WI
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Students will use hands-on models, maps, and the natural landscape to describe landforms in our area and and develop and understanding of the effects of water and wind on these landforms. Prior to these lessons, students will have had experiences with the use of "I Notice, I Wonder, It Reminds Me Of" protocols as well as field journaling. This is a unit for second grade landforms that culminates in a visit to Roche-A-Cri State Park.

Subject:
Geology
English Language Arts
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Author:
Victoria Rydberg
Sandy Benton
Deb Clark
Samantha Stormoen
Melissa Osborn
Date Added:
09/07/2019
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Lesson
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This lesson uses the an inquiry-based approach to learning modified from the BEETLES Learning Cycle to explore wind and wind energy. 

Subject:
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Interactive
Author:
Victoria Rydberg
Sandy Benton
Melissa Ruether
Date Added:
04/19/2020
Lizard Evolution Virtual Lab
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The virtual lab includes four modules that investigate different concepts in evolutionary biology, including adaptation, convergent evolution, phylogenetic analysis, reproductive isolation, and speciation. Each module involves data collection, calculations, analysis and answering questions. The “Educators” tab includes lists of key concepts and learning objectives and detailed suggestions for incorporating the lab in your instruction.

It is appropriate for students in high school biology and environmental science classes, and undergraduate biology, ecology, environmental science courses. The focus on observation, measurement, and experimental methods makes the lab a good fit for addressing "science as a process" or "nature of science" aspects of the curriculum. The emphasis on the collection, analysis, and graphing of data, connects to the mathematical dimension of biology and general goals of STEM integration.

Subject:
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Biology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Reading
Simulation
Provider:
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Date Added:
06/30/2016
Ma’iingan (Wolf)
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Context: The Bayfield High School Alternative Education program works collaboratively with the Red Cliff Treaty Natural Resources (TNR) Division on a variety of projects. One of the favorite projects focuses on monitoring carnivores in the Red Cliff/Bayfield area. One component of this project involves the placement of several remote trail cameras within local natural areas. TNR staff help students identify potential camera location areas. Several times throughout the school year, students retrieve the memory cards from the cameras and record observations based on the photos and videos. A second component of this project involves TNR providing the students with regular updates regarding progress of their ma’iingan (wolf) studies. TNR has access to data obtained from radio and GPS collared ma’iinganag (wolves) from a variety of local packs. Through this project, Bayfield students learn about wolf ecology, the cultural value of wolves, and connections to their immediate surroundings.

Subject:
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Life Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Unit of Study
Author:
Sandy Benton
Rick Erickson
Date Added:
06/03/2022