This is my first year teaching and I am struggling with my wildlife course. Kids are not interested in class discussions and don't ever take notes when I do a powerpoint. Im looking for lesson plans, curriculum and HANDS ON ACTIVITIES. Thanks much!!
Feel free to check out www.factsnsf.org . This is a curriculum being developed as part of a National Science Foundation research project on AFNR/NGSS-aligned agriscience instruction that incorporates SAEs into instruction. Each week incorporates specific lab or field activities to help students develop model-based explanations about ecology and sustainability. If you're interested, I can also send along answer keys (email me at firstname.lastname@example.org). In our test classroom, we decided to go away from written notes and had students work in teams of four to address the review questions in each week's packet.
I also have content posted on here at 2015 Waterford Natural Resources Curriculum . This is an older curriculum but also includes weekly labs. There are note-sheets, but I would consider substituting them for the approach described above using the weekly objectives.
Good luck! Craig
First of all you got this! I am currently student teaching and teach a fisheries and wildlife class, who can't sit through a lecture.
There are really great resources out there for F+W, google is your friend . Project wet and project wild are 2 great resources with lots of lab and activities to do. Owl pellets can be ordered which is a fun lab, echolocation can be turned into a good activity.
I have also found this site really helpful
I have found myself to struggle with this as well, not necessarily Wildlife specifically, but Natural Resources in general. What I am going to try with my Ag 1 students this year is an abbreviated version of the Ag Issues CDE. I am going to divide the class into groups, and each group is going to pick a topic within natural resources and explore the pros and cons of the issue, put together a portfolio, and present what they find in a format of their choosing. Ag 1 is exploratory and I want to give this a shot. If students pick a topic they like, hopefully they would want to research it to learn more. The presentation can be delivered in many ways, which gives students creativity. Here is a link to a final halls video, Agricultural Issues Forum - 90th National FFA Convention & Expo - YouTube I plan on showing one or two to my kids to show them possibilities. I am going to start this next week, and I am going to give them 3 weeks to work on it. I attached my project overview below. I think the project offers more skill building opportunities: working as a team, giving feedback and input, creativity, public speaking, some content knowledge, and others. I also hope it will perk some interest for the CDE as well.
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