Resources from Environmental Education - 1/21/21
Virtual Curriculum - 4K and 1st Grade
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Moving in Nature
The Phenology Phorum
Winter Constellation: Orion
Written by EE teacher Laureanna Raymond-Duvernell
Sometimes we don’t look forward to winter.
Don’t get me wrong, we have a lot of activities we do and a lot of traditions we keep. But it’s hard to compare with the other three seasons in Wisconsin.
However, we do look forward to the return of the constellation Orion in the winter sky. Young children can easily find “Orion’s Belt” - a line of three brighter stars in the southern sky - and then the four stars that make his shoulders and knees.
Keep an eye out for Sirius as well - the dog star is the brightest in the sky and can be seen following Orion as he travels throughout the night.
Wondering why Orion is only visible in the winter? He’s also there during the summer, but is out during the day, so our sun blocks him out.
Many cultures have stories that help tell why the stars are in the sky. The book Star Stories by Anita Ganeri and illustrated by Andy Wilx weaves these stories from around the world with illustrations to make our imaginations come alive.
Each week, Lisa Swaney (the Planetarium Director) will share some fun opportunities here!
Happy January 2021 or Space Science Month! On November 2nd, 2020, we celebrated 20 years of astronauts living on the International Space Station. Why not, celebrate 20 years of Science on the International Space Station with multimedia, resources, activities, and more each month? January also means new calendars featuring Human Exploration, the Commercial Crew, Science, Hubble, Chandra, Moon phases, and more. These calendars can be printed off and of course, can be used for great prizes for those special classroom activities you all do. I do have a few copies of the new 2021 NASA calendar….please reach out to me and I can send a copy.
Plan on #WIEnviroEd in 2021
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
Winter Picture Books and Outdoor Activities
Already have a birdfeeder but having trouble attracting birds to visit? Try sprinkling some seed on the ground near the bird feeder so that they might have an easier time finding it. You can also check out these tips from the magazine Birds and Blooms.
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.