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This page contains Educational Units developed for The Nature of Teaching program.  Each unit contains one or more lesson plans that have been written to  Indiana's Academic Standards with an emphasis on Science and Math Standards.  Some lesson plans contain readings from which Literary Standards can be met.  Click on an image to open the PDF of the Educational Unit.  Text with black boxes within the PDFs are links to supplemental materials.

 Animal Tracks, Scent Stations, Track Casting, Wildlife Diversity, Habitat, Wildlife Identification, Wildlife       Food Webs, Tooth Sleuth, Energy Flow, Producer, Consumer, Trophic Level, Feeding Habit, Mammal, Carnivore, Herbivore, Omnivore 
This Unit includes four lesson p:lans: Animal Tracks, Scent Stations, Indoor Track Casting, and Outdoor Track Casting.  It meets several K-5 Science and Math Academic Standards and three 9-12 Natural Resource Management Academic Standards. This Unit contains four lesson plans: Be A Tooth Sleuth, Poster Exploration of Food Webs, Student Investigations of Food Webs, and Energy Flows and Food Webs.  It meets several K-5 Science Academic Standards.
   
Amphibians, Reptiles, Scientific Method, Science Inquiry, Habitat Selection, Thermoregulation, Life Cycles Ecosystems, Producer, Consumer, Population, Community, Organism, Food Habits
This Unit includes three lesson plans: Habitat Selection, Icy N' Hot Crickets, and Hot Rock.  It meets several K-5 Science and Math Academic Standards and three 9-12 Natural Resource Management Academic Standards. This lesson plan demonstrates why ecosystems are useful for describing how organisms depend on and interconntect with one one another.  It meets several K-5 Science and Math Academic Standards and three 9-12 Natural Resource Management Academic Standards.
A lesson plan focused on mammals and ecosystems.  Build your own ecosystem and learn about Indiana mammals. Wildlife habitat through succession and disturbance
This Unit includes two lesson plans describing the role mammals play in ecosystems.  Students learn to build their own ecosystems and research mammals. This Unit includes two lesson plans and classroom activities for students kindergarten through grade five. The lesson plans describe how an ecosystem is constantly changing and what causes the changes. Students will be able to list the four major stages of succession; understand the importance and benefits of natural fire in nature; and recognize that animals use different successional stages of an ecosystem, depending on what they need to survive.
Frog tally worksheets, animal line drawings, animal coloration examples. Human impact cards, vocabulary sheets, Hellbender map, watershed game board parts.
A lesson and classroom activities for teachers of students through grade five help students understand how animals change colors to survive in their environments. The lesson explains the differences among aposematic (warning), cryptic (blending in with surroundings) and sexual/gender dimorphism (male and female) coloration changes. A lesson with classroom activities for teachers and students through grade five introduce students to watersheds and why they are important to a healthy ecosystem. Students also learn about water quality.

 

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