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1rst grade Cultivating Genius Framework science "How do human interactions negatively affect sea turtles and how can we help the turtles and other animals survive? "
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Details: This lesson can be added to the Amplify first grade science unit: Animal and Plant Defenses: Spikes, Shells, and Camouflage. It can also be used with any unit on animal defenses and structures.Amplify Chapter 3 Driving Question: How can Spruce the Sea Turtle’s offspring survive where there are sharks?  Pursuit addressed:Toward the pursuit of Skills: Students participate in a class reading of an informational text. Students use the information outlined in the text to develop their knowledge of plastic pollution and its negative impact on sea turtles and the environment. They then use this knowledge to inform others or take other steps to help with reducing plastic pollution.Toward the pursuit of Intellect: In this lesson students learn about a topic that affects the environment and specifically how plastic waste affects sea turtles which they have been studying.  They can better understand an environmental problem and turn their understanding into action.

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Biology
Character Education
Civics and Government
Ecology
Elementary Education
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Environmental Science
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The genius group from Madison Wisconsin
Date Added:
07/31/2022
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.

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Earth and Space Science
Education
Elementary Education
English Language Arts
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Environmental Science
Geology
Hydrology
Life Science
Mathematics
Measurement and Data
Physical Science
Reading Informational Text
Speaking and Listening
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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 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.

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Earth and Space Science
Education
Elementary Education
English Language Arts
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Environmental Science
Geology
Hydrology
Life Science
Mathematics
Measurement and Data
Physical Science
Reading Informational Text
Speaking and Listening
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Date Added:
02/22/2019
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
Date Added:
02/21/2019
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
Animals: Their Bodies and Behaviors Help Them to Survive
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In this short unit of study, kindergarten students will learn about adaptations and behaviors that both domesticated and wild animals implement to protect themselves and their young.  This unit is a series of 3 video lessons and 2 field-based lessons.

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Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Life Science
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Unit of Study
Author:
Sandy Benton
Katelyn Pauling
Date Added:
09/21/2022
Anung Masinaaigan (star map), Giizis (moons), and Phenology
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As a high school science educator at Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe school,  indigenous culture and teachings are incorporated into my instruction as much as possible. This text set was incorporated in my Astronomy class tying in Ojibwe Moons and seasonal constellations with northern Wisconsin phenology. A discussion of text set implementation is also included in this OER.Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe School is a Bureau of Indian Education/Tribally controlled school catering to students who are themselves tribally enrolled or descendants of a tribal member.

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Earth and Space Science
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
World Cultures
World Languages
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Author:
Sandy Benton
Wendy Fuller
Rick Erickson
Date Added:
05/30/2023
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.

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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
Beetles Project I Notice, I Wonder, It Reminds Me Of
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The "I Notice, I Wonder, It Reminds Me Of" observation protocol helps students develop a mindset of curiosity, and provides language tools to actively and directly engage with the natural world. These are important skills students can carry away and apply in any natural setting. Using this routine makes any field experience more student- and nature-centered.

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Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Environmental Science
Life Science
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Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Emilie Lygren
Jedda Foreman
Kevin Beals
Craig Strang
Date Added:
03/09/2023
BioBlitz: A Spark for Civic Engagement
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The resources and project outline are the collaborative efforts of the Chain Exploration Center Grades 5 & 6 teachers and a FIELD Edventures educator. The goals of the project were for students to take civic action on environmental issues of local importance. Additionally, the teachers wanted students to become familiar with the four habitat areas, and observable species present in each area.  It was decided that conducting a bioblitz across 4 days–one in each area–would provide students with data that would be the basis for individual and small group investigative questions, issue definition and investigation, and a proposal for conservation, protection, and/or restoration of natural resources, habitats, or species of Wisconsin. Students then presented their proposals to their state senator in a visit to the Wisconsin State Capitol.

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Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Life Science
Social Studies
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Unit of Study
Author:
Sandy Benton
Mackenzie Loken
Brianna Hass
Date Added:
09/21/2022
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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Earth and Space Science
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Geology
Physical Science
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Date Added:
06/16/2015
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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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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Activity/Lab
Other
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Unit of Study
Date Added:
06/24/2020