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Alternatives to the animal report
In Rethinking Reports, page 2.1
Year after year, students are assigned an animal report, a factual report on a species of their choice. My son chose the Harpy Eagle for his third-grade animal report — and proceeded to re-submit that report with only slight modifications for years thereafter!...
By Melissa Thibault.
White Deer Park
Visit Garner's White Deer Park and Nature Center and learn about animals and their habitats, ecosystems, the water cycle, and much more!
Format: article/field trip opportunity
MarineQuest
Ocean education and marine environmental education programs providing "hands-on, feet-wet, high-tech" experiences for K-12 students.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
The Center for Education, Imagination and the Natural World at Timberlake Farm
Connect with the natural world through the programs offered at this Center situated on 165 acres of beautiful woodlands and meadows.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
An integrated lesson comparing the butterfly and frog life cycles
Students will build on their prior knowledge about the butterfly life cycle to compare and contrast the life cycles of butterflies and frogs. Students will locate butterflies on the school grounds and create pictographs and models of fractions to explain their findings mathematically. Students will also use a variety of resources to read about and study the food, space and air needed by butterflies and frogs to grow. They will create visual and written products to demonstrate their findings.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2 Mathematics and Science)
By Martha Dobson and Margaret Monds.
North Carolina State University Insect Museum
Bring insects into your classroom and learn about their life cycles, habitats, behaviors, and more!
Format: article/field trip opportunity
KidSenses Children's InterACTIVE Museum
The interactive exhibits at this children’s museum spark the imagination and kids have fun as they play and learn.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Port Discover
Students will enjoy visiting this new hands-on science and health center which is geared to the pre-k to fifth grade curriculum.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Seasons change
This lesson introduces students to the characteristics of the changing seasons and allows students to see how plants, animals, and people adapt to the changes.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 English Language Arts)
By Beth Herron.
Schoolhouse of Wonder
The nature programs offered by the Schoolhouse of Wonder can be held at the Nature Center or in your classroom. With hands-on experience, students learn the importance of taking care of the Earth.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Butterfly metamorphosis
This is an integrated lesson which is introduced using the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. Butterfly metamorphosis is explored through art, math, and writing.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1–2 Visual Arts Education, English Language Arts, and Science)
By Laura Byers.
Exploring pumpkins
This lesson will allow students to use a variety of methods to explore pumpkins.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Mathematics and Science)
By Angelia Braswell.
Science Methods: K-5 Model Lessons
In Preservice teacher education resources, page 3.3
North Carolina Essential Standards Click here for more details on these standards. Forces and Motion Critical Understandings: force, motion, and the relationship...
Format: article/teacher's guide
Nine ducks swim in newly transplanted wet-rice field
Nine ducks swim in newly transplanted wet-rice field
Nine ducks swim together in a newly transplanted wet-rice field. Four are white and two have mottled brown feathers. They swim in the blue-tinted water feeding on algae and insects among the young green rice seedlings. Once rice seedlings are transplated into...
Format: image/photograph
How do pumpkins grow?: Book project
This is an integrated science and language arts lesson plan. Students will create individual books that illustrate how pumpkins grow.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 Visual Arts Education, English Language Arts, and Science)
By Marty Britt.
Butterfly cycle
Students will understand the life cycle of the butterfly and create various art activities that would model metamorphosis.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1–2 Visual Arts Education, English Language Arts, and Science)
By Becky Woolard.
The migration of the monarch butterfly
The students will listen to and discuss books about butterflies and the migration of monarch butterflies to Mexico in order to integrate science, social studies, and language arts.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2 English Language Development, Science, and Social Studies)
By Martha H. Dobson and Margaret Monds.
The Birchbark House
This study guide was created by a group of third grade enrichment students. They were planning to read this book but could find no published guide to go with it. They decided to create their own as they read.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–4 English Language Arts)
By Carolyn Ridgway.
Arachnid anatomy!
This lesson is part of a science unit entitled “Spiders: Fact and Fiction.” During this lesson, learning will focus on specific body anatomy, functions and distinguishing characteristics of spiders.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2 Science)
By Susan Sharples.
Marvelous metamorphosis
Most kids love insects. This integrated unit will enable students the opportunity to observe, identify, and describe the life cycle a mealworm goes through during his metamorphosis into a grain beetle.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2 English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science)
By Pam Maness.