Outdoor Education Teacher Resources
From backpacking to rock climbing, these resources will get students out of the classroom and into the great outdoors.
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Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle: Sorting Through Personal Choices
Raise children's awareness about the importance of conservation with this hands-on science lesson plan. Start by breaking the class into groups and having them collect trash from around the school or local park. Learners then use the provided Venn diagram to sort the items they found based on their ability to be reduced, reused, or recycled.
2nd - 6th Science 45 Views 26 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Carbon Dioxide & Krill: Impacts
What effects do temperature and carbon dioxide levels have on the zooplankton of Antarctica? This concluding lesson in a short unit on climate change and the ocean helps environmental scientists answer these questions. After learning about current Antarctic research through the provided slide show, lab groups perform an experiment to see if brine shrimp respond to changes in their environments.
9th - 12th Science 31 Views 23 Downloads
Regents High School Exam: Living Environment 2008
Tne New York Regents High School Examinations are comprehensive and include various styles of questions, includingmultiple choice and the analysis of graphs. This particular version, the 2008 Living Environment exam surveys a variety of topics.
9th - 12th Science 41 Views 162 Downloads
Introduce ecology classes to biodiversity and interdependence in ecosystems with a PowerPoint presentation. Then, they get up-close and personal with the invertebrate world by collecting insects, classifying them, and graphing their data. Links to the slide show, instructions for insect sampling, and dichotomous keys for identification are all provided for your convenience.
6th - 12th Science 25 Views 12 Downloads
New Review Taking Action!
Motivate young scientists to stand up and take action with this environmental science lesson. To begin, the class works in small groups brainstorming actions that support the conservation of the earth before creating and implementing an action plan aimed at making positive changes in the community.
4th - 8th Science 10 Views 5 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Meet a Naturalist: Researching, Writing, Interviewing
Young scholars reach out into the community and learn about different environmental science careers in this inquiry-based lesson. Beginning with a short research assignment, children gain background knowledge about different environmental professions before contacting and interviewing local naturalists.
2nd - 5th Science 15 Views 11 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
P.O.V.'s Borders Picture Project: Lesson 1 - Air
Take photos of human activities that impact air quality. Collaborative groups present one of the photographs, identifying how the activity contributes to air quality and what can be done to minimize the impact. As one in a series of lessons exploring human impact on the environment, this activity will help develop informed citizens who can make a difference.
9th - 12th Science 4 Views 7 Downloads
One Ocean: It Matters!
Here is the first of four poignant lessons on how humans and oceans interact, even if people live far from the coast. This particular lesson also examines studies that are taking place in Antarctica of how climate change is affecting the world oceans.
9th - 12th Science 44 Views 35 Downloads
Why are Batteries Harmful to the Environment?
Open this lesson by reading together about primary and secondary batteries (such as nickel-cadmium cells), problems they can cause in the environment, and how humans can minimize the damage. Afterward, little ones examine a collection of batteries and identify what type each one is.
3rd - 5th Science 12 Views 9 Downloads
Regents High School Examination: Living Environment 2003
The living environment, from the interior of a cell to the complex relationships among populations, are queried in this final examination. Learners look at air pollution maps, diagrams of cells, population graphs, and drawing of cells. They answer multiple choice, graphing, and written response style questions.
9th - 12th Science 25 Views 102 Downloads
Regents High School Examination: Living Environment 2010
This exam touches upon every topic within the typical first year biology course.. A broad variety of question styles give high schoolers every opportunity to show what they know. Why start from scratch when a comprehensive final exam is easily available to you?
9th - 12th Science 35 Views 130 Downloads
Regents High School Examination: Living Environment 2009
Emerging ecologists need a full understanding of life, from the inner workings of a cell to the complex relationships among organisms. This examination is meant to assess high schoolers after an entire year course on the living environment.
9th - 12th Science 17 Views 162 Downloads
Analysis of Energy Usage & Methods to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
Working in groups of two, learners examine their own carbon footprints and energy consumption, then determine a plan to reduce their impacts on the environment. Although designed to be a final project for a chemistry class, the activities could be used in any high school science class.
9th - 12th Science 10 Views 9 Downloads
Enhancing Our Outdoor Classroom Studies through Technology
Combine science, math, and more using this resource. Learners use technology to share video and other information about their community with people throughout the state. They learn about the environment, identifying native plants, record what they see using photographs or video, and share with everyone using the Internet.
K - 5th Science 14 Views 102 Downloads
Plankton to Penguins: Antarctic Food Web
A well-written lesson plan, second in a series of four, gets high schoolers exploring how the Antarctic food web is impacted by climate change and the associated melting of polar ice sheets. It begins with a PowerPoint presentation about the polar ecosystem.
9th - 12th Science 74 Views 67 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Ocean Acidiﬁcation: Whats and Hows
Open this lesson by demonstrating the production of acidic carbon dioxide gas by activated yeast. Emerging ecologists then experiment with seashells to discover the effect of ocean acidification on shelled marine organisms. They measure changes in size and compare the relative strengths of shells after exposure to liquids of varying pH.
9th - 12th Science 17 Views 12 Downloads
Marvelous Measurement in the Outdoor Classroom
Here is a lesson that isn't just about making scientific observations, it's also about determining which tool is needed to collect accurate data. After reviewing what it means to be safe when working outdoors, the class hikes around the school yard as they hunt for natural specimens.
2nd Science 10 Views 8 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Nature and the Environment in Postwar Japan
Japan has a complex relationship with the environment. Explore this relationship with your class through this resource. Included are thought questions, several activity ideas that range from writing, to discussion, to research, and an idea for a theoretical conversation about attitudes toward nature.
9th - 12th Language Arts 4 Views 16 Downloads CCSS: Designed
The Importance of Trees
The instructional activity starts with a discussion on how and why we should be respectful in the outdoor environment; then it's outside we go! Little scientists look for two trees that are very different, they draw each tree in detail and then return to the class for further instruction.
K Science 14 Views 14 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Building Background Knowledge About Physical Environment: What Makes it Hard for Some People to Get Books?
How far would your pupils go to be able to have access to books? Revisit Heather Henson and David Small's That Book Woman and challenge class members to take on the role of Cal or the Book Woman. By putting themselves in someone else's place, learners will discover different perspectives and understand better the envrionmental difficulties that Cal and the Book Woman face.
3rd Language Arts 25 Views 47 Downloads CCSS: Designed