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National Wildlife Week

National Wildlife Week
Celebrate the 78th anniversary of National Wildlife Week March 17–23 by learning about the wide array of fascinating wildlife in our world. This year's theme is "Wildlife and Water" and highlights how important clean water is for wildlife.

Science NetLinks has developed and compiled the following resources we hope you'll find useful when teaching your students about various aspects of the wilderness around them — from squirrels and trees in the schoolyard and local bird populations to more exotic animals and plants that might require traveling further afield.
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Lessons

  • Animal Diversity

    Animal Diversity

    K-2  |  Interactive
    This lesson about animal diversity will help students understand the difference between actual physical attributes of animals and fictional ones.
  • Investigating Local Ecosystems

    Investigating Local Ecosystems

    K-2  |  Hands-On
    In this lesson students explore the habitats of local plants and animals to learn about how living things depend on one another.
  • Pond 1: Pond Life

    Pond 1: Pond Life

    3-5  |  Hands-On
    This lesson explores how organisms satisfy their needs within their environments and the relationships that exist between organisms within an environment.
  • A Seabird in the Forest

    A Seabird in the Forest

    3-5  |  Video
    Students learn about the interdependent relationship between the Marbled Murrelet bird and the environment of old growth forests, such as redwood trees.
  • The Case of the Vanishing Golden Frogs

    The Case of the Vanishing Golden Frogs

    6-8  |  Video
    Students develop an understanding of scientific research and environmental conservation by examining the work of scientists involved in studying and trying to save the Panamanian golden frogs.
  • Ecosystem Services - Water Purification

    Ecosystem Services - Water Purification

    6-8  
    In this interdisciplinary lesson, students explore the concept of ecosystem services by investigating natural water purification in their home watershed.
  • The Frog Scientist 2: Schoolyard Field Investigation

    The Frog Scientist 2: Schoolyard Field Investigation

    6-8  |  Hands-On
    This lesson allows students to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in the first lesson to developing a hypothesis, conducting their own scientific inquiry, and reporting their results just as working scientists do.
  • The Frog Scientist 1: The Mystery of Disappearing Frogs

    The Frog Scientist 1: The Mystery of Disappearing Frogs

    6-8  |  Audio
    This lesson introduces students to Dr. Tyrone Hayes, a biologist who is using a combination of scientific fieldwork and lab experimentation to understand how a commonly used pesticide is damaging both frogs and their habitats.
  • Yellowstone Wolves

    Yellowstone Wolves

    6-8  
    This lesson uses the conflict between ranchers and wolves to explore the relationships between living things and their environments, and the effects of physical and human forces on the natural world.
  • Marine Sanctuaries

    Marine Sanctuaries

    6-8  
    In this lesson, students will learn about the national marine sanctuaries found in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans and off the coast of American Samoa.
  • Bird Populations

    Bird Populations

    9-12  
    In this lesson, students learn how scientists discern patterns and changes in bird populations.
  • Green Roof Design

    Green Roof Design

    9-12  
    In this student-centered learning model, students work collaboratively in small teams to design a heat- and water-conserving “green roof” of plant material for an urban apartment building.
  • The Odyssey of KP2

    The Odyssey of KP2

    9-12  |  Video
    This lesson is about the scientist, Terrie M. Williams, and her research with the Hawaiian monk seal, KP2.
  • Tigerland and Other Unintended Destinations

    Tigerland and Other Unintended Destinations

    9-12  |  Audio
    This lesson provides an introduction to conservation biology via the memoirs of a scientist who has traveled throughout the world to study and defend endangered species.
  • The Wild Trees

    The Wild Trees

    9-12  |  Audio
    This lesson addresses the diversity of scientific research in the context of the story of how researchers learned about the giant redwoods in Northwestern California.

Tools

  • Biodiversity: Life in the City

    Biodiversity: Life in the City

    K-5  |  Interactive
    In this simple resource, students scroll over a drawing of an urban, park-like setting and find ten examples of hidden "critters." Each critter is then magnified and described.
  • My Life as an Elk

    My Life as an Elk

    K-5  |  Interactive
    This interactive story lets you take on the identity of a newborn elk calf and make choices as it grows up in Yellowstone National Park.
  • Biomes of the World

    Biomes of the World

    K-8  |  Website
    The Biomes of the World resource provides information on rainforest, tundra, taiga, desert, temperate, and grassland biomes.
  • Project Noah App

    Project Noah App

    K-12  |  Interactive
    Project Noah is a global study that encourages nature lovers to document the wildlife they encounter.
  • Creature Feature Archive

    Creature Feature Archive

    K-8  |  Website
    The Creature Feature Archive from National Geographic Kids provides a lot of information about a variety of wildlife and habitats.
  • A Touch of Class

    A Touch of Class

    3-8  |  Interactive
    This is an interactive activity in which students classify various plants and animals, including organisms such as a frog, jellyfish, venus flytrap, bat, human, and seaweed.
  • The Amateur Naturalist

    The Amateur Naturalist

    3-12  |  Website
    This resource discusses The Amateur Naturalist, by Nick Baker, which is full of information to enhance any outdoor learning experience.
  • iNaturalist App

    iNaturalist App

    3-12  |  Interactive
    This app lets you record observations from nature and share them with the iNaturalist online community.
  • Colour and Camouflage

    Colour and Camouflage

    3-12  |  Interactive
    This interactive activity allows you to check out different types of camouflage that an animal can use to protect itself depending on the habitat in which it lives.
  • Leafsnap App

    Leafsnap App

    3-12  |  Interactive
    Leafsnap is a terrific app for anyone with an iPhone or iPad in the great outdoors.
  • The BioDaVersity Code

    The BioDaVersity Code

    6-12  |  Video
    The BioDaVersity Code is a film about biodiversity written as a take off of The Da Vinci Code.

Science Updates

  • Everglades Pythons

    Everglades Pythons

    6-12  |  Audio
    A study of the stomach contents of non native Burmese pythons living in the Everglades shows how many different species the pythons have been poaching.
  • Fish & Flowers

    Fish & Flowers

    6-12  |  Audio
    This Science Update reveals a surprising connection between fish and flowers.
  • Marine Reserves

    Marine Reserves

    6-12  |  Audio
    This Science Update looks at the unexpected impact marine reserves have on their surroundings.
  • Impostor Caterpillars

    Impostor Caterpillars

    6-12  |  Audio
    A species of caterpillar tricks ants into treating it better than their own young.
  • Salamander Streambeds

    Salamander Streambeds

    6-12  |  Audio
    In this Science Update, learn how streambeds can shape a species.
  • Ships to Reefs

    Ships to Reefs

    6-12  |  Audio
    Sinking old warships creates new habitats for marine species.
  • Squirrel Hoarding

    Squirrel Hoarding

    6-12  |  Audio
    Many grays squirrels used to be forest dwellers but have been forced into urban areas due to loss of land. Hear how that loss is affecting the forests.
  • Urban Greening

    Urban Greening

    6-12  |  Audio
    Strategically placed grass, ivy, and other greenery can significantly improve air quality in urban centers.
  • Vegetarian Spiders

    Vegetarian Spiders

    6-12  |  Audio
    In this Science Update, hear about a population of spiders in Mexico that subsists almost entirely on plants.
  • Fairy Circles

    Fairy Circles

    6-12  |  Audio
    Mysterious “fairy circles” on African plains are caused by termites, which destroy patches of grass but help the surrounding grass thrive.

Other Resources

Garden for Wildlife
Grade Band: K-12
Description:This site focuses on creating more wildlife habitats in populated areas — backyards, school grounds, and public areas.

Let's Go Outside
Grade Band: K-12
Description: This site from the Fish & Wildlife Service encourages people to spend more time outdoors with different sections aimed at educators, students, and parents.

National Wildlife Week
Grade Band: K-12
Description: Sponsored by NWF, National Wildlife Week (March 17-23) encourages kids to unleash their wild child to learn, explore, discover and imagine, surrounded by a world of green. The 2014 theme, "Wildlife and Water," will bring children and their families together in nature, get schools involved, and will show kids how fascinating the outdoors can be.


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