Science Curriculum/Activity Manuals

    Elementary (K-6)

    Secondary (Grades 6-12)

Children’s Books

Reference Books

Audio Cassette Tapes

Videos

Equipment

 

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K-12 Educational Materials on Forestry

(Activity guides, children’s books, references,

audio tapes, videos, equipment)

May be borrowed from

Western U.P. Center for Science,

Mathematics and Environmental Education

at Michigan Technological University

105 Dillman Hall           

 Tel: (906)487-3341     

Fax: (906)487-1620          

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Science Curriculum/Activity Manuals

Amazing Animals Parts I and II   by NWF, Ranger Rick, NatureScope

Fun indoor and outdoor activities that cover mammal behavior, physiology, habitat and much more for a variety of different animals.)

Grades K-6

 

Amazing Animals Activity Book  by Scholastic

(Hands-on interdisciplinary projects.)

Grades 1-3

 

Biodiversity Basics—An Educator’s Guide & Student Handbook to Exploring the Web          

of Life  by World Wildlife Fund 

(Explores what is biodiversity, why its important, what

the status of biodiversity is, and how we can protect biodiversity.)

Grades 6-12

 

Dig In: Hands-on Soil Investigations  by NSTA Press                                               

(Soil is a vital part of an ecosystem that largely goes unrecognized. These activities

will increase student understanding of the value of soil and meet national content standards.)

Grades K-6

 

Ecosystem Education   by Kenton Ranger District                                                                

(A curriculum guide for Camp Nesbit users in keeping with MEGOSE 1991)

Grades 1-6

 

Ecosystem Matters 

(Activity & resource guide for environmental educators) 

Grades K-12

 

Endangered Species: Wild and Rare  by NWF, Ranger Rick, NatureScope                      

(Kids learn about the process of extinction through activities, illustrations,

nature walks, puzzles, games, crafts and more.)

Grades K-6

 

Forests—Peterson Field Guide Coloring Book  by J. Kricher and S. Bennett.                  

(Great reference for teaching how to draw forest plants and animals.)

Grades 5-12

 

Hands-On Nature  by Jenepher Lingelbach

(Information and activities for exploring the environment with children)

Grades K-6

 

Incredible Insects  by NWF, Ranger Rick, NatureScope                                                   

(Illustrated text explains Processes (i.e. metamorphosis), behaviors and anatomical facts

(i.e. camouflage). Includes fun insect activities too.)

Grades K-6

 

The Kids’ Wildlife Book  by Warner Shedd                                                                           

(Explores animal worlds through hands-on indoor and outdoor experiences.)

Grades K-5

 

Let’s Hear It For Herps   by NatureScope                                                                             

(Contains activities for K-2, 3-5, and 6-7 for learning about reptiles and amphibians,

including metamorphosis, adaptation, cold-bloodedness, and survival issues.)

Grades K-7

 

Mud, Muck & Other Wonderful Things 

(Ecology activities for classroom and field trips)

Grades K-3

 

Paper Hat Tricks II   

(Big book of hat patterns for ocean animals, farm animals, insects)   

Grades K-3

 

Paper Hat Tricks III   

(Big book of hat patterns for dinosaurs, zoo animals, forest animals) 

Grades K-3

 

Project Learning Tree (PLT): Introductory Handbook for the Secondary Modules          

(Provides background information on PLT’s history, mission, goals, conceptual framework,

themes, module components, teaching tools and resources.)

Grades 6-12

 

Project Learning Tree (PLT): Forest Ecology                                                            

(Activities in this module are designed to encourage students to explore and

learn about forest ecosystems through hands-on discovery and experimentation)

Grades 6-12

 

Project Learning Tree (PLT): Focus on Forests                                                         

(Using forest issues as a focus, students will learn how to investigate and define

environmental issues, identify key players and points of view, generate alternative solutions,

recognize and weigh trade-offs, listen to their peers and make personal and group decisions.)

Grades 6-12

 

Project Learning Tree (PLT): Focus on Risks                                                            

(This module provides educators with activities to help students learn the rationale

for and the mechanics of risk assessment, risk management and risk communication.)

Grades 6-12

 

Project Learning Tree  (Activity guide to learn about plants & forests)   

Grades Pre-8

 

Project WILD  by the Western Regional Environmental Education Council 

(Activities on wildlife appreciation, diversity, ecology and conservation)

Grades K-12

 

Project WILD—Aquatic  by the Western Regional Environmental Education Council                

(Curriculum/activity guide that teaches about wildlife & water) 

Grades K-12

         

Sense of Wonder  by Rachel Carson                                                                              

(Words and pictures to help you keep alive your child’s inborn sense of wonder

and renew your own delight in the mysteries of the natural world.)

Grades K-12

 

Sharing Nature With Children  by Joseph Cornell                                                      

(Parents’ and Teachers’ Nature Awareness Guidebook, expanded edition.)

Grades K-12

 

Schoolyard Ecology  by GEMS                                                                                              

(Teacher’s guide that combines science and math skills for use in the school yard.)

Grades 3-6

 

Sharing the Joy of Nature  by Joseph Cornell                                                       

(Introduces the idea of “flow learning” with great outdoor activities and games.)

Grades K-12

 

Teaching Kids to Love the Earth  by Lachecki, et al.                                                           

(186 outdoor activities for parents and teachers)

Grades K-12

 

Teaching Soil and Water Conservation  by The USDA Soil Conservation Service         

(Provides hands-on soil water activities on: organic matter, soil water-holding capacity,

percolation rates, runoff and erosion, and fertilizers.)

Grades 5-12

 

Topsoil Tour  by LaMotte                                                                                                        

(Contains information, activities and supplies for conducting soil nutrient extractions,

classifying soil texture, and testing soil pH, potassium, phosphorus, and nitrogen.)

Grades 4-9

 

Wading into Wetlands  by NWF, Ranger Rick, NatureScope                                                

(Hands-on activities and illustrations to color that help kids make scientific observations

about various wetlands types.)

Grades K-8

 

Wild School Sites: Project Wild  by Western Regional Environmental                                   

Education Council (Guide to habitat improvement projects on school sites)

Grades K-12                   

         

Wildlife Management Activity Guide for Teachers  by Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore      

(A compilation of Activities for Teaching About Upper Peninsula Wildlife Management

in High School.)

Grade 6-12

 

WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands                                                                                      

(Activities to teach about all aspects of wetlands through science, math, language arts, art, and music) Grades K-10

 

*GEMS = Great Explorations in Math and Science by Lawrence Hall of Science at University of California-Berkeley

 

Children’s Books

Animals That Change:  Metamorphosis  by Luise Woelflien                                                 

(pop-up, lift-the flap book)

Grades 2-6

 

Ants  by Cynthia Overbeck                                                                                                  

(41 high quality photographs and drawings along with a well written text

that describes the life of ants.)

Grades K-5

             

Be A Friend to Trees  by Patricia Lauber                                                                             

(With lively test and colorful illustrations, this book shows why it’s important

 to be a friend to trees.)

Grades K-3

 

The Beaver  by Margaret Lane                                                                                             

(Beaver life, biology, habitat)

Grades 1-4

 

A Bold Carnivore: An Alphabet of Predators   by Consie Powell                                              

(Simple text and life-like illustrations convey the wonder and beauty of the natural

world in this unique book of ABS’s)

Grades K-5

 

Cranberries :Fruit of the Bogs  by Diane Burns                                                                   

(Learn the history of cranberries, visit a modern farm, learn how growing plants in

a peat bog is different from growing plants in a field, and find out how cranberries

are harvested.)

Grades 1-5

 

The Empty Lot  by Jim Arnosky                                                                                               

(This little lot is far from empty!)

Grades K-5

    

Forests   by Kricher and Bennett                                                                                          

(Peterson Field Guide Coloring Book of forests.)

Grades K-4

 

Forest Animals: Questions and Answers About  by Michael Chinery                                    

(Describes animals and their natural habitats; colorful illustrations)

Grades 2-6

 

Frogs  by Robin Dexter                                                                                                       

(Story of the stages of a frog)

Grades Pre-1

 

Frogs  by Scholastic                                                                                                           

(Frog behavior/anatomy, neat pictures.)

Grades 1-4

 

Frogs: A First Discovery Book  by Gallimard Jeunesse & Daniel Moignot                              

(Life cycle of a frog)

Grades Pre-3

    

A Frogs Body  by Joanna Cole                                                                                            

(Frog biology and habitat explained through text and close-up photos.)

Grades 1-6

 

The Frog  by Margaret Lane                                                                                                

(Frog biology and habitat described in story form.)

Grades 1-5  

 

The Frog Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta                                                                               

(Frog characteristics that are associated with each letter in the alphabet.)

Grades 1-3

 

From Tree to Paper  by Wendy Davis                                                                                  

(Describes how trees are harvested and paper is made.)

Grades 1-4

 

A Handful of Dirt   by Raymond Bial                                                                              

(You’ll never look at the ground you walk on in the same way again after you’ve taken

The author’s eye-opening, down-in-the-dirt tour of one of Earth’s most common

but precious resources.)

Grades K-12

 

I Took a Walk  by Henry Cole                                                                                              

(Have you ever sat quietly near a stream or in a meadow? You’ll be surprised at what you see and hear) Grades K-4

 

In the Snow: Who’s Been Here? by Lindsay Barrett George                                                 

(Children walking through the snow discover evidence left by animals indicating

their presence.)

Grades K-2

 

The Kids Wildlife Book  by Warner Shedd                                                                          

(Exploring animal worlds through indoor/outdoor experiences.)

Grades 2-6

    

The Kids Nature Book  by Susan Milord                                                                              

(Exploring nature through indoor/outdoor experiences.)

Grades 2-6

         

A Log's Life  by Wendy Pfeffer                                                                                            

(Story of organisms living near a tree.

Grades K-3

 

Look What I Did With a Leaf  by Morteza Sohi                                                                    

(This book will show young craft lovers how to use many-colored, and many-shaped

fall leaves to create animals and nature scenes.) 

Grades K-6

             

The Magic School Bus:  Meets the Rot Squad  by Joanna Cole                                           

(Decomposition)

Grades K-4

 

Microcosmos: The Invisible World of Insects  by Claude Nuridsany and Marie Perennou         

(Beautiful photographs and text on the insect world.)

Grades 1-12

 

My Side of the Mountain  by Jean Craighead George                                                           

(Alone in the mountains, Sam must rely on his own ingenuity and on the resources

of the land to survive. He learns about courage, danger, and the true meaning

of companionship, capturing it in journal.)

Grades 4-12

 

Nature Journaling  by Clare Walker Leslie and Charles Roth                                                 

(Forward by E.O. Wilson, learning to observe and connect with the world around you.)

Grades 2-12

 

One Man’s Owl  by Bernd Heinrich                                                                                     

(Chronicles how the author and a great horned owl come to know one another in the Maine woods.)

Grades 8-12

 

One Small Square: Woods  by Donald M. Silver                                                                       

(Visiting a pond from a child’s perspective)

Grades K-4

 

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek   by Annie Dillard                                                                                

(Following the progression of seasons, Pilgrim probes the cosmic significance of the

beauty and violence  coexisting in the natural world.)

Grades 8-12

 

Ravens in Winter  by Bernd Heinrich                                                                                   

(Intriguing book about raven social behavior as studied by the author in the Maine woods)

Grades 6-12

    

The Salamander Room  by Anne Mazer (Describes a salamander's habitat in a fun way)

Grades Pre-4

             

A Sand County Almanac  by Aldo Leopold                                                                          

(A series of astonishing portraits of the natural world. A stunning tribute to our land

and a bold challenge to protect the world we love.)

Grades 6-12

 

The Secret Life of Trees  by Chiara Chevallier                                                                      

(Why do trees lose their leaves in winter? How do insects hide on bare branches?

Let the trees themselves reveal their many secrets just to you.)

Grades 1-3

 

A Sierra Club Naturalist Guide  by  Glenda Daniel and Jerry Sullivan                                         

(The North Woods of Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Southern Ontario)

Grades 9-12

 

Sky Tree  by Thomas Locker                                                                                          

(This lyrical text records the changes in the tree’s world just as simply as a child

might observe them. Questions at the bottom of the page lead to unique discussion,

art and science are combined.)

Grades 1-4

 

Tree Life:  A close up look at the natural world of a tree  by Theresa Greenaway                  

(Colorful photos and information on bugs, frogs, lizards, etc.)

Grades K-6

 

Why Do Leaves Change Color  by Betsy Maestro                                                               

(This book explains the puzzling process of how leaves change color in autumn.) Grades K-5

                  

Wildflowers—Peterson Field Guide Coloring Book  by Peterson and Tenenbaum  

Grades K-4      

    

Window  by Jeannie Baker                                                                                                 

(A mother and baby look through the window, as the boy grows the scene changes.

Illustrated with collage constructions, Window is a wordless picture book that says it all.)

Grades K-4

 

A Year in the Maine Woods  by Bernd Heinrich                                                                        

(Share the authors experience of rediscovering the meaning of peace and quiet and

harmony with nature—days not filling out forms, but tracking deer, or listening to the

sound of moth’s wings.)

Grades 6-12

 

Reference Books:

 

Animal Tracks of the Great Lakes   by Ian Sheldon                                     

(Includes detailed drawings of fore and hind prints, stride patterns, easy track ID, descriptions of the animals themselves.)

Grades 1-12

 

Butterfly and Moth                                                                                                                 

(Discover the world of butterflies and moths in close-up, their structure, behavior, habitats, and their secret life)

Grade K-5

 

Discover Nature In Winter: Things To Know And Things To Do by Elizabeth Lawlor

(Discover the world of butterflies and moths in close-up, their structure, behavior, habitats, and their secret life)

Grade K-5

 

Edible and Medicinal Plants of the Great Lakes Region by Thomas A. Naegele D.O. 

Grades 7-12

 

Guide to Nature in Winter by Donald Stokes                                          

(Packed with fascinating information about plants, animals and natural phenomena that can be observed throughout the NE and NC regions of North America in winter.)

Grades K-12

   

Important Forest Trees of the Eastern United States by USDA                                             

(Tree identification.)

Grades 3-12

 

Insects  A Golden Guide                                                                                                      

(Identification of North American insects.)

Grades 3-12

 

Keeping a Nature Journal  by Clare Walker Leslie and Charles Roth                                     

(Discover a whole new way of seeing the world around you, forward by EO Wilson.)

Grades 2-12

 

Microcosmos: The Invisible World Of Insects  by Claude Nuridsany and Marie Perennou

(Beautiful photographs and text on the insect world.)

Grades 1-12

 

Mushrooms and Fungi  by Moira Savonius  

(140 color illustrations of mushrooms and fungi from around the world.)

Grades 6-12

 

National Audubon Society First Field Guide: Wildflowers  by Susan Hood                         

(Simplified guide book.)

Grades K-12

 

National Audubon Society First Field Guide: Insects   by Christina Wilsdon                        

(Simplified guide book.)

Grades K-12

 

National Audubon Society First Field Guide: Birds   by Scott Widensaul                                

(Simplified guide book.)

Grades K-12

 

The North Woods of MI, WI, MN, and S. ON   by Daniel & Sullivan                                       

(A Sierra Club Naturalists Guide, comprehensive field guide to the ecology of the

Northern Great Lakes region)

Grades 6-12

 

North American Birdfeeder Handbook   by Robert Burton                                                   

(The complete guide to feeding and observing birds.)

Grades K-12

 

Peterson’s Field Guides: Insects   by Borror/White

Grades 4-12

 

Peterson’s Field Guides: Animal Tracks   by Olaus Murie

Grades 4-12

 

Peterson’s Field Guides: Eastern Trees   by George Petrides 

Grades 4-12

 

Peterson’s Field Guides: Eastern Forests   by Kricher/Morrison

Grades 4-12

 

Peterson’s Field Guides: Trees & Shrubs   by George Petrides

Grades 4-12

 

Peterson’s Field Guides: Medicinal Plants   by Foster/Duke

Grades 4-12

 

Peterson’s Field Guides: Mammals   by Burt/Grossenheider

Grades 4-12

 

Peterson’s Field Guides: Eastern Butterflies   by Opler/Malikal 

Grades 4-12

 

Peterson’s Field Guides: Eastern Birds   by Tory Peterson

Grades 4-12

 

Peterson’s Field Guides: Reptiles and Amphibians  by Conant/Collins

Grades 4-12

 

Peterson’s Field Guides: Wildflowers  by Peterson/McKenny

Grades 4-12

 

Questions and Answers About Forest Animals  by Michael Chinery

Grades 2-8

 

Reptiles and Amphibians   A Golden Guide                                                                        

(Common reptiles & amphibians of N. America.)

Grades 3-12

 

Shrub Identification Book  by George Symonds                                                                       

(A photographic field trip designed for easy reference, teaching or pleasure – over 3500 illustrations.)

Grades 1-12

 

Track Finder  by Dorcas Miller                                                                                            

(Simplified guide book for learning about mammal tracks)

Grades K-12

 

Tracking and the Art of Seeing: How To Read Animal Sign  by Paul Rezendes                       

(Provides complete information on the behavior and habitat of over 50 animal species)

Grades K-12

 

Tree  by David Burnie                                                                                                

(Discover the world of trees, their structure, variety and life cycles.)

Grades K-5

 

Tree Finder  by May Theilgaard Wattts                                                                                     

(Manual for the identification of trees by their leaves.)

Grades K-8  

         

The Tree Identification Book  by George Symonds                                                              

(A photographic field trip designed for easy reference, teaching or pleasure – over 3500

illustrations.)

Grades 1-12

 

Tree Life by Theresa Greenaway                                                                                         

(A close up look at the natural world of a tree.)

Grades K-5  

 

Wetlands Plants and Plant Communities of Minnesota and Wisconsin by US Army Corps of Engineers (Describes wetland plants and plant communities of Minnesota and Wisconsin;

applicable in general to wetlands of the entire Great Lakes Region)

Grades K-12

 

Woodland Stewardship: Practical Guide For Midwestern Landowners  by Baughman, et al

(Provides complete background information on how to develop and carry out a woodland stewardship plan. Includes additional publications.)

Grades 10-12

                  

Young Naturalists Field Guide: Birds, Nests and Eggs  by Mel Boring                                 

(Simplified guide book with great pictures and interesting facts.)

Grades K-5

 

Young Naturalists Field Guide: Snakes, Salamanders and Lizards  by Diane Burns                 

(Simplified guide book with great pictures and interesting facts.)

Grades K-5

 

Young Naturalists Field Guide: Trees, Leaves and Bark  by Diane Burns                             

(Simplified guide book with great pictures and interesting facts.)

Grades K-5

 

Young Naturalists Field Guide: Caterpillars, Bugs and Butterflies  by Mel Boring                

(Simplified guide book with great pictures and interesting facts.)

Grades K-5

 

Young Naturalists Field Guide: Frogs, Toads and Turtles  by Diane Burns                          

(Simplified guide book with great pictures and interesting facts.)

Grades K-5

 

Young Naturalists Field Guide: Tracks, Scat and Sign  by Leslie Dendy                              

(Simplified guide book with great pictures and interesting facts.)

Grades K-5

 

Audio Cassette Tapes:

Crocodile Smile  28 min.                                                                                                        

(10 songs of the Earth as the animals see it; includes book with lyrics)

Grades Pre-3

 

Earth Rhythms  35 min.                                                                                                      

(Musical tour of nature’s seasons, cycles, and places)

Grades K-12

 

Earthy Tunes  58 min. by Marie Miche                                                                                 

(Science & ecology songs about soil, gardens, and more.)

Grades K-6

 

Frogs & Toads of Michigan  13 min.                                                                         

(Contains songs/calls of Michigan’s 13 species of frogs & toads)

Grades 3-12

    

Nature Nuts  58 min. by Marie Miche                                                                                   

(Science & ecology songs about wetlands and recycling including  "Romp in the Swamp","Garbage Man", "Recycle Blues", "Don't Throw It Away.")

Grades K-6

 

Solitudes -Storm on a Wilderness Lake and Night on a Wilderness Lake  60 min.              

(Wilderness sounds)

Grades K-12

                       

Thunderstorm 62 min.                                                                                                        

(Sounds of a thunderstorm)

Grades K-12

 

Videos:

Amphibian 35 min. Narrated by Martin Sheen                                                                      

(Live action photography, special effects close up look at frogs, toads and salamanders)

Grades K-12

 

The Caterpillar and the Polliwog  5 min.                                                                             

(Book and video that describe metamorphosis of caterpillars and frogs)

Grades K-3

 

A Clear Reflection 16 min.                                                                                                 

(Forestry BMP’s in Montana and how they relate to timber harvesting there.)

Grades 7-12     

                            

Exploring School Nature Areas                                                                                              

(Inspires students & educators to design & create their own school yard nature sites)

Grades K-12

 

A Home for Pearl  70 min. National Fish and Wildlife Foundation                                           

(Instructional video about wildlife habitat for elementary school children)

Grades K-6

 

The Lorax  30min  (A Dr. Seuss animated tale that teaches the “why” of conservation.)

Grades 1-6  

 

Michigan WISE (Waste Information Series for Education)  20 min.                      

(Solid waste disposal, recycling paper, and the shrinking landfill dilemma in Michigan)

Grades 4-6, 7-9 & 10-12            

             

Project WILD School Nature Areas 13 min.                                                                         

(Inspirational video for students and educators who create nature areas within close proximity to their school.)

Grades 1-12

 

 

Equipment

24 Leaf Prints of Different Tree Species (plastic)                                                                   

Track Molds & Track Casts                                                                                                

Soil Sieves   (to separate soil samples by texture; calculate % of each textural class)         

25 clipboards

10 Diameter tapes

36" tube sampler soil probe

12” Increment borer

10 angle gauges

100’/30m fiberglass tape

Clinometer