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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:
Earth and Space Science
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Geology
Physical Science
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Date Added:
06/16/2015
Bird Math
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The three teachers of the third and fourth grade team joined forces to create these standards-aligned resources. We discussed a middle-school curriculum unit, Birds & Flight, that one of us had written about fifteen years ago regarding using math to study and understand birds in different ways. As a team, we translated some of those concepts into middle-elementary activities.We discussed that the lessons could be taught in any order, but recommend using the Actual Size lesson as a fun capstone project.

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Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Mathematics
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Lesson
Unit of Study
Author:
Sandy Benton
Amy Milz
Denise McFarlin
Ned Dorff
Date Added:
06/13/2023
Birkebeiner | Climate Wisconsin
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Follow John Kotar through the 2010 American Birkebeiner cross-country ski race from Cable to Hayward, WI. Having skied every Birkie, a cross-country ski event, since it started in 1973, John shares his experience and how the race is being threatened by climate change.

This resource is part of Climate Wisconsin, a collection of educational media resources for middle and high school classrooms from PBS Wisconsin Education.

Explore the full collection: https://climatewisconsin.org/index.html

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Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
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Other
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PBS Wisconsin Education
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PBS Wisconsin Education
Date Added:
07/27/2023
Black Leaders in Energy
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Students will discover contributions of Black inventors and pioneers in the field of energy efficiency and the assets they possessed that helped them overcome challenges. ABOUT THIS WEBQUEST: Built around the themes of Black Leaders in Energy, Representation, & Climate Change 5E lesson format: Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, EvaluateEach “E” can be used as an independent lesson or all five can be completed as a unit (Each “E” takes 1-2 class periods to complete)Requires collaboration/discussion with peers and as a whole classCan be embedded in Energy or Climate curriculum or used as stand-alone lesson/sCan be modified to meet the needs of your students Recommended for grades 7-12This lesson requires use of the internet.Use this slideshow with the Black Leaders in Energy Webquest Activity Sheet.If students are utilizing a digital copy of the activity sheet, all links provided are active.If students are utilizing a paper copy of the activity sheet, please share a copy of the slideshow with them so they have easy access to links needed for the webquest.Remix this resource to have a version you can edit to meet your needs.This resource was developed by KEEP—Wisconsin's K-12 Energy Education Program. 

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Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
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Author:
Victoria Rydberg-Nania
Gina Smith
Date Added:
05/08/2023
Black Leaders in Energy
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A webquest is a classroom or virtual-based lesson where most of the information students explore is from different locations on the internet.

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Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
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Lesson Plan
Author:
KEEP—Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program
Date Added:
05/08/2023
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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Ecology
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Environmental Science
Life Science
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Date Added:
06/24/2020
Build a Better Wall Learning Experience
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This activity lesson plan is called “Build a Better Wall” where students are planners and constructors who are trying to construct a wall using various materials that can withstand an earthquake.

Subject:
Education
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Environmental Science
Forestry and Agriculture
Global Education
Higher Education
Life Science
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Activity/Lab
Interactive
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Author:
Alaska Native Geoscience Learning Experience
Date Added:
03/25/2024
COMMON PLANTS of WISCONSIN
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Common Plants of Wisconsin - developed by UW Stevens Point Department of Biology.
Pictures and descriptions of each common plant found in Wisconsin. Organization topics include: Seedless Plants, Gymnosperms, Woody Dicots, Dicot Herbs, and Monocots.

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The images contained in the COMMON PLANTS of WISCONSIN web site may be freely used for non-profit, educational purposes, as long as complete citation information is included.

Use in any copyrighted document or any web site is prohibited without specific permission of the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point Department of Biology. Please contact Webmaster for more information.

Subject:
Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
Biology
Botany
Business and Information Technology
Career and Technical Education
Early Learning
Ecology
Education
Elementary Education
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Environmental Science
Family and Consumer Sciences
Forestry and Agriculture
Higher Education
Life Science
Marketing, Management and Entrepreneurship
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Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Author:
University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point Department of Biology
Date Added:
03/25/2024
Can Humans Cause Earthquakes lesson plan
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This resource is for teachers who want to teach their students about earthquakes and human involvement. This lesson plan is designed for older students to learn about earthquakes, hydraulic fracturing, and hydrocarbons while collecting and analyzing data to create a scientific poster of their findings based on their argument driven inquiry.

Subject:
Earth and Space Science
Education
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Environmental Science
Geology
Global Education
Higher Education
Life Science
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Activity/Lab
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Lesson
Lesson Plan
Author:
Seismological Facility for the Advancement of Geoscience
Date Added:
03/09/2024
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
Date Added:
05/30/2019
Chief Oshkosh: Leader in Troubled Times | Wisconsin Biographies
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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:
American Indian Studies
English Language Arts
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Social Studies
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Other
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PBS Wisconsin Education
Author:
PBS Wisconsin Education
Date Added:
01/07/2022
Clean Energy Careers Video Series
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Interested in solar, wind, electric power distribution, or energy efficiency? Students don’t need to go far: local Wisconsin vocational schools—along with traditional colleges and universities—all offer degrees and programs to help meet this workforce demand.Slipstream partnered with Wisconsin’s K-12 Energy Education Program (KEEP) to obtain interviews from several stakeholders that are on the front lines of a clean energy future. Join us for a behind the scenes look into some of these careers and the people that are making an impact every day here in Wisconsin.

Subject:
Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
Career and Technical Education
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Material Type:
Other
Author:
Lynn Aprill
Date Added:
11/23/2022
“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!

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English Language Arts
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Date Added:
05/31/2019
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
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
Date Added:
03/02/2019