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The Nature of Teaching includes formal standards-based curricula and informal activity-based curricula all centered around getting youth outside. The three program areas of the formal curricula include: Wildlife, Health and Wellness, and Food Waste. Each program area provides standards-based lesson plans free as a downloadable PDF. Lesson plans are classroom ready for grades K-12. The Nature of Teaching also offers professional development workshops for teachers focused on science, the environment, and getting students connected with nature. Find the free downloadable lesson plans and assessments at www.purdue.edu/nature

An Incredible Journey curriculum
An Incredible Journey curriculum
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The An Incredible Journey curriculum for grades 4-5 is filled with 10 hands-on lesson plans that explore the salmon life cycle; the cultural, environmental, and economic importance of salmon; the major issues facing salmon today; and how individuals can get involved to protect and conserve these iconic species.

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Bat Week is Oct 24-Oct 31! Use this annual celebration timed with Halloween to teach kids about the important role bats play in nature. As insect eaters, pollinators, and seed spreaders, bats provide critical services for our ecosystem. Share facts and activities about bats and bat conservation with your students.

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These fun recycling lesson plans will not only teach students about the importance of stewardship and conservation they also connect to standards in science, math, and reading for grades 1–8. They use the popular 5E lesson plan model, so you know they’re hands on and easy to adapt for your classroom! Every lesson plan was created in collaboration with teachers, and they all include free worksheets to use, too.

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In the wake of this summer’s record-breaking heat – hottest June on record, the hottest month ever in July – students and teachers have returned to their classrooms. But in what classes should the diverse causes and consequences of climate change be covered? If meeting the challenge of climate change will affect, in some way, nearly every aspect of contemporary life, should it be covered, in some way, in every course? This month’s bookshelf features books about climate change education. The first part covered books that address the general theory and practice of teaching climate change. This second part highlights books that focus on specific subtopics. As always, the descriptions are drawn and/or adapted from copy provided by the publishers. When two dates of publication are provided, the second is the date for the paperback edition.

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Tree Campus K–12 inspires the next generation of tree stewards through experiences that bring the benefits of trees to life both inside and outside the classroom. Follow a simple framework and access free tree-centric resources to connect your students to nature through trees and earn recognition for your school.

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FREE to teachers, the Redford Center's 50-minute documentary "HAPPENING: A Clean Energy Revolution" explores the factors driving the transition to clean energy. An interdisciplinary curriculum aligned with national standards for grades 6-12 accompanies the film and is also free to teachers.

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Turn your plastic waste into useful products! By reusing plastic, upcycling reduces the amount that can end up in the environment and helps us avoid purchasing new plastic products. The Upcycling Guidebook contains information about the issue of plastic pollution along with step-by-step instructions and photos on how to create each upcycled piece. Join the World Oceans Day Youth Council and others in producing incredible upcycled products!

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