Our nation’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic has left many families facing months without access to K-12 programming. To support stay-at-home learning, I thought I’d post the lesson plans, presentations, and activities I’ve put together over the years as a guest scientist and environmental educator. Please feel free to download these resources if they’d be useful to your family in continuing your children’s education during this challenging time.
In addition, I am more than happy to correspond with families who would like to chat with a scientist. Have your children send me a letter and I will be their pen pal until they are back in school. Send me an email if you’d like my mailing address. Email also works! 🙂
All About owls
Please note that this lesson plan includes an activity in which children dissect owl pellets. That is unlikely to be something families have access to at home (though by all means, keep your eye out), in which case it could be fun to brainstorm what they might find in owl pellets if they were to dissect one.
Honeybees & Hives
Please note that I created this resource to study for an ornithology class in college. I do not remember where I found the images or if they were given to me and therefore have not included photo credits. Thank you to the wonderful birders who took these! Contact me if you recognize your photo and I will gladly credit your work.
Note that this activity was specifically designed to survey the water quality of a stream in Madison, WI but could be adapted for use in any urban stream. In addition, most families won’t have access to microfuge tubes. Feel free to get creative! Maybe you can’t find something small enough to string into a necklace, but could use a spice rack or a several tupperware.
Note that this activity was specifically designed to survey the water quality of a stream in Madison, WI but could be adapted for use in any urban stream.