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Resources by Topic

Here are some of our favorite online resources from our partners and other great organizations. They can assist as you prepare for field trips and environmental lessons by providing lesson plans, activity ideas, and online interactives or helping you brush up on subject matter. They are organized so you can easily navigate by ‘jumping’ to the following topic categories:
Nature & Environment • ClimateEnergy

Nature & Environment

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Aldo Leopold Foundation / Aldo Leopold Nature Center et al

Wisconsin Aldo Leopold Writing Contest: The Wisconsin Aldo Leopold Writing Contest uses Leopold’s ideas to inspire students to participate in the evolution of the land ethic through the written word – It takes place annually in winter-time, and each year features a new essay topic and classroom resources connected to Leopold’s writings – All students enrolled in grades 9-12 in public, private and home schools in the state of Wisconsin are eligible
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Aldo Leopold Nature Center

Featured Scientists: Learn about the women and men with STEM careers who help us understand the world around us, with a different environmental science topic featured each month – This blog is maintained as part of ALNC’s Climate Education Center digital curriculum, where “high-touch” outdoor programs are combined with “high-tech” multimedia exhibits and interactive, visual, hands-on, and immersive experiences
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California Academy of Sciences

Habitat Earth in the Classroom: Cal Academy educators and digital artists designed these 3-12 grade-specific classroom guides including animations, key concepts, glossaries, articles, guiding questions and answers, and linkages to the Next Generation Science Standards
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Center for Ecoliteracy

Big Ideas: Created in partnership with National Geographic, find examples of K-12 learning experiences — newly aligned with NGSS, Common Core, and other academic standards — for linking food, culture, health, and the environment
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Cornell Lab of Ornithology

All About Birds: Learn about the lives of birds, enhance your birding skills, and be a part of the community with eBird, YardMap, Project Feederwatch, citizen science information, birdcams, articles, and other resources!

BirdSleuth K-12: BirdSleuth is an inquiry-based science curriculum that engages kids in scientific study and real data collection through the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s exciting citizen-science projects. Find info for teachers, educational kits and resources, and more!

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GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment)

GLOBE Program for Teachers: Engage your class in a collaborative, scientific exploration of the world around you, collaborating with teachers and students from around the world – The GLOBE website provides access to materials designed to engage your students in science and scientific discovery

Recommended
GLOBE Teachers Guide 
– online toolkit and collection of background information, data collection procedures, and learning activities organized by Earth spheres: Atmosphere, Biosphere, Hydrosphere, and Pedosphere (Soil)
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Living Schoolyard

Activity Guide – Midwest Addition: Created and edited by Green Schoolyards America, this booklet includes 38 activity ideas from 33 organizations working in the central USA, intended for PreK – 12 grade students!

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Monarch Watch

Monarch Watch: Resources and information to help you learn about monarch life cycles, raise monarchs in your classroom, grow your own milkweed, track monarch migrations, and more!

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

NASA Earth Observatory Global Maps: An excellent resource to view satellite images showing global views of what’s happening on our planet. Access beautiful maps, images, stories, and discoveries about climate and the environment.

NASA Water Falls Pre-Visit Lesson: This water cycle lesson is intended to be used by teachers before they take their students to view the Science On a Sphere movie, “Water Falls.” (This SOS movie is available by request at ALNC!)

My NASA Data: These tools enable K-12 teachers, students, and citizen scientists to easily explore the large volumes of real data that NASA collects about the Earth from space – you can even make your own charts and graphs!

Recommended
Lesson Plans – access a listing of K-12 lesson plans related to Earth science, climate change, and more!
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National Ecological Observatory Network

Project Budburst: Resources to guide participants of all ages in participants making careful observations of the timing of leafing, flowering, and fruiting phases of plants (plant phenophases) throughout the year

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National Environmental Education Foundation

Nature Education Resources: Explore myriad resources for learning about Land, Water, and Plants + Animals

Recommended
Surrounded by Science Educator Toolkit 
– collection of lesson plans and curriculum guides to help educators introduce students to many ways they can discover the science going on around them, both within the classroom and in the field, from the front steps to the solar system
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National Geographic

Nat Geo Kids: Kid-friendly multimedia website with videos, games, photography activities, fun facts, and more!

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National Science Foundation

Earth: The Operators’ Manual: Video clips, classroom activities, vocabulary, tips and tools that provide objective, accessible assessment of Earth’s problems and possibilities, leaving learners informed, energized and optimistic

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National Wildlife Federation

NWF Kids: Kid-friendly multimedia website with songs, outdoor activities, crafts, Educator Pages, and more!

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Nature Net

Nature Net: Provides “one-stop shopping” for environmental education resources for teachers and families of South-Central Wisconsin and beyond! Find curricular connections, classroom activities, tips and tricks for taking kids outside, and more!

Recommended
Craft Archive 
– nature-themed crafts and activities linked with monthly topics and resources

Nature Book Nook – a compilation of some of the best and most engaging nature stories for readers of various ages, also linked with monthly topics and activities

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Project Learning Tree


PLT Curriculum Offerings: Award-winning environmental education program designed for teachers and other educators, parents, and community leaders working with youth from preschool through grade 12 – Newly updated and organized, browse standards-aligned curricular offerings by education level, by unit, or search by keyword

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Schlumberger Excellence in Educational Development (SEED) and Earth Science Week


SEED Earth Science Online Toolkit: Earth science education resources in both Spanish and English, categorized into Geosphere, Hydrosphere, Biosphere, and Atmosphere

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The Story of Stuff

The Story of Stuff Project: Educational video and interactive media accompanied by solutions-focused curriculum and activities discussing production, consumption, and ecological sustainability

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USA National Phenology Network

Nature’s Notebook: National, online program where amateur and professional naturalists seasonal changes of plants and animals to generate long-term data sets used for scientific discovery and decision-making

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Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources


EEK! Environmental Education for Kids: Surf around the critter corner, nature notes, teacher pages and more to learn about Wisconsin’s great outdoors!

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Yahara 2070

Teaching Tips: These lesson ideas will use scenarios for our local watershed to help your 7-12 class learn about future thinking and why it’s important for our waters and communities

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Climate

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Aldo Leopold Nature Center

Climate Change in Wisconsin: Connecting global climate change with local impacts and stories, this blog is maintained as part of ALNC’s Climate Education Center digital curriculum, where “high-touch” outdoor programs are combined with “high-tech” multimedia exhibits and interactive, visual, hands-on, and immersive experiences
Current Climate News: Keep up to date with recent global events, interesting stories, and the latest in climate research. This blog is maintained as part of ALNC’s Climate Education Center digital curriculum, where “high-touch” outdoor programs are combined with “high-tech” multimedia exhibits and interactive, visual, hands-on, and immersive experiences
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Alliance for Climate Education

Our Climate Our Future:
 Award-winning multimedia experience that educates young people about the science of climate change and empowers them to take action
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Climate.gov

Teaching Resources: Reviewed resources for teaching about climate and energy

Recommended
Teaching Essentials of Climate Literacy – there are many ways to approach climate and energy depending on the grade level, course topics and instructional method

Why Fly South? How Climate Change Alters the Phenology of Plants and Animals – this activity introduces students to plotting and analyzing phenology data for date of first lilac bloom and number of days of ice cover of Michigan’s Gull Lake, over a 30-year time span

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Climate Generation

Our Changing Climate Curriculum Guides: Interdisciplinary, standards-based curriculum guides for grades 3-12 which has students investigate data, communicate about global changes, research and monitor impacts, and learn about solutions to minimize repercussions in the Midwest and globally

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Climate Interactive

Climate Interactive: Tools, interactives, and simulations to help illustrate climate change concepts

Recommended
World Climate Simulation Game – interactive and experiential science-based role playing exercise simulating the UN climate change negotiations for groups (7-12, adults)
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Climate Literacy & Energy Awareness Network

CLEAN Collection: This excellent collection of climate and energy science resources is peer-reviewed by NSF, NOAA, and other federal agencies – it is searchable by grade level and topic and includes teaching tips, links to standards, and benchmarks based on science standards and climate and energy concepts
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Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies

CIMSS Educational Resources: Features interactive weather and climate activities (applets), satellite imagery and data, complete curricula and student and teacher workshop information

Recommended
CIMSS Global and Regional Climate Change Course – in-depth online unit geared towards educators, clarifying concepts, processes and graphs from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

CIMSS Changing Weather and Climate in the Great Lakes Region – activities, videos and web apps developed by University of Wisconsin scientists and geared towards a broad general audience

Great Lakes Climate Data – this interactive walks you through accessing and interpreting climate data for communities within the Great Lakes Region and other U.S. locations
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Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) Education Outreach

Climate Science Academy: Online, self-guided tutorial presented by climate science experts to support learning about and understanding the Earth’s climate system and climate change. Provides educators with access to reliable resources that apply accurate scientific information and an Earth systems perspective for learning and teaching about climate with confidence in alignment with the Climate Literacy Essential Principles

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Earth Day Network


Story of Climate Change iTextbook: The first of its kind, interactive digital textbook for middle schoolers. Students watch glaciers melt, dive into the world’s coral reefs, and explore how bike share programs reduce carbon emissions – all from their personal tablets!

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Educational Communications Board


Climate Wisconsin:
Multimedia stories and data based on research specific to Wisconsin people and communities. Includes short videos, interactives, teaching tips, and activity ideas
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Environmental Literacy and Inquiry, Lehigh University


Climate Change Unit: Middle school science inquiry curriculum (Earth Science, Weather, Greenhouse Effect, Climate Connections, etc.), aligned to the Essential Principles of Climate Literacy with GoogleEarth extensions and support materials

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Environmental Protection Agency

EPA Climate Change: Includes basic info, tangible solutions, carbon footprint calculator, and more!

Recommended
Climate Impacts in the Midwest – explore the impacts of climate change in our region



EPA Student’s Guide to Global Climate Change: Geared towards upper elementary students, this site will help you Learn the Basics, See the Impacts, Think Like a Scientist, and Be Part of the Solution!

Recommended
Kids’ Carbon Calculator

Educator Resources – find a Student’s Guide to Climate Change and supplemental lesson plans, tools, and tips!
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Gikinoo’wizhiwe Onji Waaban (Guiding for Tomorrow)


G-WOW Changing Climate, Changing Culture: A service learning web-based curriculum that integrates Native Wisconsin culture and perspective with place-based scientific evidence of climate change and provides learners with knowledge about what they can do to mitigate or adapt to a changing climate

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

NASA Global Climate Change: Includes current vital signs, videos, articles and imagery

Climate Kids:
Geared towards younger kids, this site uses games, animations and fun facts to teach about weather, oceans, energy, climate and more!

Recommended
Guided Tour – this overview of big questions is a great place to start

Teacher Pages – images, activities, NGSS guides and more!
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National Environmental Education Foundation

Weather + Climate Resources: Explore this site to learn science and solutions and discover how weather and climate affect our communities and the world around us

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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Data in the Classroom: Systems approach to learning about the Earth using real scientific data, including downloadable curriculum modules that demonstrate techniques for using real data in the classroom

Science on a Sphere Explorer: Flat screen classroom-oriented version of the widely popular Science on a Sphere® (SOS), which provides accessibility to SOS datasets (usually only seen on a 6-foot sphere in large museum spaces, such as the Aldo Leopold Nature Center). SOS also provides lesson plans, which can be done in conjunction with a visit to ALNC!

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Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Climate Change – Wisconsin Activity Guide: E-appendix to DNR’s Climate Change: A Wisconsin Activity Guide book, geared towards Wisconsin 7-12 teachers and students, highlighting local impacts and perspectives, and featuring classroom activities

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Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts


WICCI: Data, information, reports, stories, and resources about how Wisconsin’s climate is changing, what impacts we will see, and how we can adapt

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Wisconsin Geological & Natural History Survey

Ice Age Geology: See the long view of Wisconsins’ changing climate and landscape over the past 21,000 years and learn about the landscape and watch animations of glaciers moving across Wisconsin

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Yale Program on Climate Change Communication


Climate Communication: Modern, user-friendly portal to research on public climate change beliefs, attitudes, policy support and behavior, and insights on how to engage different publics in climate change solutions

Recommended
Visualizations and Data Hub – understand climate change communication and public opinion with graphs, maps, presentations and more!

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Energy

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Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center

Classroom Materials: K-16 materials aligned with NGSS, developed by teachers and professional educators, with input from GLBRC scientists, to engage students in in learning about science and engineering challenges associated with producing sustainable biofuels

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Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program

KEEP Curriculum: Activity guides developed by Wisconsin educators, aligned to WMA, Common Core, and NGSS

Recommended 
Energy Education Guide – 44 hands-on, interdisciplinary lessons aligned with academic standards and designed to make energy relevant to students’ lives
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US Department of Energy

Energy Literacy: Essential Principles And Fundamental Concepts For Energy Education: The framework provides an interdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning about energy, organized into seven Essential Principles and a set of Fundamental Concepts to support each principle

Conocimiento De Energia: Conceptos de energía que, cuando se entienden y se aplican, ayudan a individuos y a comunidades a tomar decisiones sobre la energía con conocimiento de causa

Educational Resources: Bioenergy In The Classroom: Education Toolbox with lesson plans and lab activities for use in your classroom – Filter by subject, grade level, and energy literacy principle

Girls of Energy: Dynamic set of lesson plans and activities to enable students and educators to interact with the world around them, learn more about the different forms of energy, and learn about cutting-edge research and technologies spearheaded by women scientists within the Department of Energy’s National Laboratories

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US Energy Information Administration

Energy KIDS: Kid-friendly site teachers energy basics and includes K-12 lesson plans, activity guides, teacher pages, and other resources

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