Resources from Environmental Education - 1/7/21
Virtual Curriculum - 4K and 1st Grade
Would you like an EE teacher to visit your classroom virtually - request a visit using this form!
Winter Activity Kits
The SDW EE team has created several winter activity kits that are free to reserve and use with your students. Simply fill out this reservation form and someone will be in touch with you regarding delivery. You can request kits through this form.
Grades K-3: Shelter Building Kits: collection of small natural materials such as sticks, bark, and rocks that can be used to create a shelter for a small toy figurine. Can be done inside or outside. Full instructions
Grades 2-12: Sosemanuk (Snow Snake): a team challenge based on a winter sport played by many eastern Canadian and Wisconsin indigenous peoples. The object of the game is to slide the "snake" (cross country ski, referred to as a meter stick in the instructions) further than your opponents. Full instructions
Grades 4-12: Team Challenge - Lake Michigan Waterline: This is a large group problem solving challenge. The goal is to move the “water” (jingle bell) through the “waterline” (various pieces of plastic pipe), without touching the water with the hands, fingers, or any other body parts. Full instructions
Need a fun way to engage with nature this winter? Challenge yourself to create nature art! Andy Goldsworthy is an artist that creates sculptures in nature and many of his creations are featured here if you'd like inspiration.
Community Tree Map
Hear from the Experts - WDNR Forestry Lecture Series: A Census of Wisconsin Forests
Lecture desrciption: "As the federal government wraps up the 2020 census of people, let’s delve into how and why the government also does a “census” of trees. You’ll get highlights of the information regarding Wisconsin trees and forests and how you can access the data. The Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program, through the United States Forest Service, is a powerful inventory platform that can track changes in forests over time at small (county) and large (state, national) scales. We’ll discover that Wisconsin also has several other inventory programs that make the state a leader in forest inventory and analysis."
Science @ Home Activity Packs
MeterHero - Free Curriculum Opportunity
Winter Picture Books and Outdoor Activities
Tips for Attracting Birds
The Phenology Phorum
Written by EE teacher Laureanna Raymond-Duvernell
Hot things feel hotter the closer you get to them, right?
Not so with our hottest object, the sun. Planet Earth has an elliptical orbit around the sun, and it is closest to it at the beginning of each year. This year, perhelion - the day that we’re closest to the sun - fell on January 2.
So why is it so cold? Our seasons are determined by the tilt of the Earth. During the winter, the northern hemisphere is tilted away from the sun. We don’t have as much direct sunlight as during the summer.
The next time the sun is out, reflect on the big ball of burning gas, shining a mere 91.5 million miles away.
Curious to know more sun facts? One of our favorite book series is written by Stacy McAnulty and illustrated by Stevie Lewis. They give each celestial body a distinct personality and make these narrative non-fiction books amazing! Check out Sun, One in a Billion to get your fill.
Each week, Lisa Swaney (the Planetarium Director) will share some fun opportunities here!
Save the Date: Perseverance Landing
On February 18th, 2021, NASA’s Mars Perseverance rover will touch down on Mars. You can watch it live here from 11:15 a.m. PST/ 2:15 p.m. EST. There are resources galore to prepare classrooms for this awe-inspiring feat. Please make sure to check out some of the activities listed below.
Mission to Mars Student Challenge (5 week lesson plan)
Support for Outdoor Learning
To see detailed outdoor learning ideas, check out this slideshow.
To see a flyer that outlines our support offerings this year, check out this link.