High Marq / WGSN OER Grant

A group for the High Marq Environmental Charter School / Wisconsin Green Schools Network WISELearn OER grant project.
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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

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: Joe Riederer

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.

Material Type: Unit of Study

Author: Skylar Primm

Survival Novel Unit

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This unit is designed around providing student choice. There will be 5 novels for students to choose from: Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys, Refugee by Alan Gratz, Zeros by Scott Westerfeld, The Martian by Andy Weir, and Lord of the Flies by William Golding. Each novel focuses on the central theme of survival. Students will read and meet weekly for 8 weeks. Each week the novel groups will be given specific discussion questions and tasks that are aligned with Wisconsin ELA standards and Wisconsin Standards for Environmental Literacy & Sustainability.

Material Type: Unit of Study

Author: Tirzah Zipperer

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.

Material Type: Unit of Study

Author: Tiffany Lodholz

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.

Material Type: Unit of Study

Author: Amanda Bolan

Wisconsin Almanac: Using Siftr to increase student awareness of the seasonal changes in nature

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At the beginning of each month, students will read and discuss that month's essay from Aldo Leopold’s A Sand County Almanac. They will then use the Wisconsin Almanac Siftr to document the seasonal changes in the natural world around them. At the end of each month, students explore the Siftr postings from their peers and identify any patterns they see in data.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: Joe Riederer