These are professionally-written, complete lessons that are keyed to objectives. These lessons all have some sort of tie-in to Agriculture and are generally for middle-school through high school levels. There are currently about a dozen complete lessons, but check back often as they are being re-written and new ones will be added in the future. http://noble.org/noble-academy/
Internships, summer experiences, workshops, conferences and online activities – if you teach any weather, climate, or geography you should consider bookmarking this site and checking it regularly! There are even free courses that carry graduate credit. http://www.education.noaa.gov/Educator_Opportunities/#page=All
Very nice maps of North America by region or by states, in a variety of different levels of detail, are available from http://www.epa.gov/wed/pages/ecoregions.htm
If you ask nicely you can sometimes get a large classroom copy mailed to you.
One example of how to use this is to post them side-by-side with a geology map of the same area, or a precipitation map and have the students looks for similarities and patterns in the distribution of vegetation types and the surface geology. They can also look for patterns in the distribution of vegetation types and the amount of precipitation, or of any other weather characteristic you might be able to generate maps of. Shown is Oklahoma but these are available for most states and regions.
OK GREEN SCHOOLS 2012 TRAINING REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
Please register below for one (or more) of our five FREE Oklahoma Green Schools Training sessions. Join us for one of these events to learn how the Oklahoma Green Schools Program works, review the Project Learning Tree (PLT) GreenSchools Investigations in the five topics: ENERGY, WATER, WASTE & RECYCLING, ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY, and SCHOOL SITE (includes STEM-related activities), participate in small group discussions and peruse the toolkit. All sessions will be held from 9:00-11:00 am (except Weatherford which will be from 4:00-6:00 pm). Refreshments for each session are sponsored by Greenstar Recycling.
PLEASE DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE TO REGISTER! If we do not have at least fifteen (15) registrants three days prior to each event, the training session will be cancelled. You can help us increase registration by passing this email on to other folks you know who might be interested. We hope to see you in July or August at one of these events!
Click here to register: http://www.okgreenschools.org/okgs-training/
(View dates & locations below. Additional details are available on the website)
July 19—4:00 to 6:00 pm—Weatherford (SWOSU )
Host: Marie Pool, Clinton High School
Location: Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU), 100 Campus Drive, Weatherford, OK 73096
July 24—9:00 to 11:00am—Metro Career Academy— Oklahoma City (+optional tour)
Host: Barbara Loudermilk, Principal
Location: Metro Career Academy, 201 N.E. 48th, Oklahoma City, OK 73105
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July 31—Ada: East Central University (ECU)
Host: Dr. Douglas Weirick, Chair—ECU Department of Environmental Health Science
Location: ECU Physical and Environmental Sciences (PES) Building, Room 262
Aug 2—Bartlesville: OSU Extension Office (Dewey – suburb)
Host: Gale Mills, OSU Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Educator
Location: Washington County Extension Office, 205 E 12th Street, PO Box 10, Dewey OK 74029
Aug 9 —Stillwater: Skyline Elementary (+optional tour)
Host: Andrea Rains, Skyline Principal
Location: 1402 E. Sunrise Ave., Stillwater, OK 74075
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I have mentioned Project WILD elsewhere; it’s a great set of resources for teaching conservation concepts. Our Oklahoma contact and high-energy presenter is Lisa Anderson; email@example.com, (405) 990-1292. She can also schedule events at your school if you can get at least 15 participants. The workshops are six hours long and cost $15 each.
The following Saturday workshops are currently scheduled for open participation at Arcadia Lake (near Edmond. Contact Lisa to register or for more information:
June 23 – Project WILD
June 30 – Growing up WILD
Sept 8 – WILD about reading
Sept 22 – Project WILD
October 27 – Growing up WILD
Sorry, I couldn’t resist the horrible pun. This is an art activity that teaches science. Gyotaku is the art of putting ink or paint on a fish and then rubbing the fish onto paper. You can make the print on paper, fabric or even T-shirts. You can use it as-is, you can hand-color details, you can add any way you want to and even add schools of fish.
A few minutes of searching the web for gyotaku images and you’ll be hooked. There are also some great how-to videos on youtube.
You can use real fish or you can buy rubber casts of fish. In either case you can rinse off the ink or tempera paint and use the fish over and over. If you use real fish you can simply re-freeze them in individual plastic bags. A good source for rubber casts of fish is Acorn Naturalists. They have a great online catalog at http://www.acornnaturalists.com/
Don’s hints: Use a good grade of paper. Copy paper won’t take the ink nearly as well as art paper and you want your students to have a good experience! Practice first. Try intergrading different colors of ink on the same fish! Add fins and other details by hand – just use the fish print for the basics. With some papers and some inks it works better to slightly mist the paper with water first. Finally, it is usually better to ink the fish and then place the paper on top rather than the other way around. Gently pat the paper around the fish and then remove, dry and admire it!
You can also use the same technique to add some plants and make a scene, but plants don’t generally print nearly as clearly as the fish do. Shells work nicely; they have more texture.
Where is the science? This forces the students to concentrate on the form and the details. Now you can talk about the different parts of a fish and the different fins. You can related structure to function – different body shapes and different mouth shapes for different purposes. A diagram to label of parts of a fish will make a lot more sense after this activity than if it were before! A good follow-up activity for younger students is the free sample activity “Fishing Fun” from Project WILD at http://www.projectwild.org/growingupwild.htm
Project WILD – one of the most-used sets of environmental education curricula in the US. grades K-8 with some flexibility in the grade levels. You can’t buy the materials – it’s given to you when you attend in one-day (or more) workshop. You get the books while the actual materials are simple and cheap.
Don’s hint – get a plastic bin for each activity you will use and keep it pre-loaded with all of the things, be they paper towels, paper clips, whatever. Add a few empty trash bags and a photocopy of the exercise and the teacher’s hints. Then you can just grab and run.
A lot of learning about conservation, environmental and ecological principles can be taught through games and activities. Project WILD and its companion, Project WET serve to provide the teacher with dozens of such activities that have been teacher-written, then teacher-tested, and revised so that they just simply work. Most are keyed to objectives. Read more at http://www.projectwild.org/
One more thing – here a free sample lesson. It’s for young children, and it’s about how fish use their bodies when they swim. http://www.projectwild.org/GrowingUpWILD.htm and click on the “Sample Activity”.
Water is becoming more and more important to Oklahomans. There are water shortages, legal conflicts over water ownership, climate change and the occasional flood. All of these and more are reflected in the daily and hourly changes in streamflow in watersheds across the state. This information is readily available and it makes for great discussions and projects on graphing and interpretation of graphs.
What you will find is hourly streamflow, water use, groundwater, maps and other water-related data for dozens of water locations in Oklahoma. What you won’t find are lesson plans. This is an area where you can shine by making your own:
Oklahoma Climate – The educator’s part of the Oklahoma Climatological Survey is at http://climate.ok.gov/ and there is an incredible amount of material here – lesson plans, current data, archived data, and so forth. The site is interlinked with Okahoma’s companion weather-education organizations – Mesonet and Earthstorm. These are major sites with lots of information and teaching ideas – they take awhile to get familiar with where the materials are located. Sometimes there are summer workshops to help you with this. There already exists a cadre of experienced teachers who are using these materials in their classrooms. In any case, be prepared to invest some time and energy, and in return, your classroom with be the premier weather classroom in your district if not your county.
Oklahoma Climate: http://climate.ok.gov/
Oklahoma Mesonet: www.mesonet.org
Earthstorm (Education): http://www.mesonet.org/index.php/earthstorm