Learning Outdoors

Resources from Environmental Education - 5/7/20

The SDW Environmental Education team will be sending weekly updates (on Thursdays) with resources and ideas for you to share with students and families. Content may come in the form of videos, lessons, read-aloud stories, or project ideas. Feel free to utilize as much or as little as you would like. If there are specific content areas that you are interested in us exploring, or if there are specific tools that we can create to best support you and your students, feel free to reach out with suggestions!

Week 6 Resources

Adopt a Storm Drain - Update

To learn more about our Adopt a Storm Drain program and our most recent adoptions - click on this link to access the flyer.

If you haven't had a chance to get started yet- check out this link for the project instructions!

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Stormwater Presentation and Activity

EE teacher Michelle H. created a fabulous narrated presentation about stormwater. This content is designed to take the place of our 3rd grade field experience, but anyone is welcome to utilize it as they see fit. Also included in this presentation is an at-home activity where students will use sponges and zip-lock bags to simulate run-off or infiltration.

Here is the link to the presentation. Make sure to click the audio button on each slide so that you don't miss the narration!

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Art Pages - Feathers

This week's art pages by EE teacher Sally T. explore all different types of feathers! Spring is a wonderful time to look for feathers in your neighborhood and local park. Maybe you can find one that matches the feathers in these pages! Click this link for the PDF file.
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EE teacher Sandi N. loves to discover spiders and insects living in her garden! The two pictures below are both spiders that she found in her garden last summer. She wanted to share a little bit of information about them!


Both spiders are Orb Weaving spiders and that spider family is one of the most varied (in size and appearance) of all the families of spiders. The yellow and black spider is a garden spider and the brownish one looks like a cross orb weaver.

They have eight eyes (two rows of four). Their legs have bristles and a third claw on each foot. They start to build their web by sending out a sticky line into a breeze to catch on a nearby stick or plant. Garden spiders spin a thick zig-zag pattern through the center of the web, called the stabilimentum. Orb weavers also eat their dewy webs by the morning and rebuild it by night.

They are not aggressive spiders and flee at the sign of threat (run away or drop off the web). If prey vibrates the web, the spider will bite it and then wrap it in silk to eat it later. They are great for getting rid of pesky insects like mosquitos. The spiders in the book "Charlotte's Web" are orb weavers! Check out this link for some neat information on another type of spider - Daddy Long Legs.

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Spider Search - Flipgrid

Challenge your students to go on a spider search! Spiders are a vital part of our environment and we have lots of really cool local spiders around Waukesha. Students (and teachers!) should share their findings on our flip grid so we can all learn from each other.

Here is the link to the flip grid!

Franklin's Corner

If you have been to the EB Shurts Center, you've probably met Franklin, our Desert Box Turtle. The students that visit us have a hard time not loving Franklin because of his outgoing and friendly personality. Well, Franklin said he would love to be in the newsletter, so we started a new weekly segment called "Franklin's Corner".

This week, Franklin wanted to share a short autobiography with you and show you where he lives!

Name: Franklin

Address: Live Animal Room, E.B. Shurts Center

Best Friend: Shelly the Three-Toed Box Turtle

Favorite Food: A tie between strawberries and bananas and worms

Favorite Activity: Swimming in my pool!

Franklin's Habitat

I Spy!

EE teacher Lynn P. has a I Spy challenge for you!

I spy something brown! Do you see it, too?

It’s a Toad! Toads in Wisconsin hibernate in the winter. They dig deep down into loose soil, backing in and pushing out dirt with their hind feet. This insulates them from freezing temperatures, and as soon as the soil warms up it emerges. This toad picked my garden, a perfect place!

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Science Joke of the Week

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