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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
Formative Assessment
Interim/Summative Assessment
Learning Task
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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
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Formative Assessment
Interim/Summative Assessment
Lesson Plan
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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
Material Type:
Interim/Summative Assessment
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Provider:
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.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Material Type:
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.

Subject:
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Social Studies
Material Type:
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.

Subject:
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.

Subject:
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Ecology
Environmental Science
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Other
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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
Material Type:
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
Material Type:
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
Material Type:
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
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Katie Feuerhelm
Date Added:
06/28/2022
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Connect,
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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
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