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To supplement our Bring Back the Wild in-school program, Earth Rangers has compiled science curriculum resources for teachers to foster children’s passion for animals and better integrate environmental messaging in the classroom.

These lesson plans and articles have been designed with a multidisciplinary approach, giving you ways to embed connections to the natural world beyond the Science and Technology curriculum, and that also offer curricular benefits in Health and Physical Education, Language, Mathematics, and The Arts.

Earth Rangers has partnered with Green Teacher Magazine and JUMP Math to provide a wealth of peer-reviewed educational resources at your fingertips. These hands-on articles include outdoor activities, in-class experiments, and school-wide projects that will engage your students to connect with nature and wildlife in an interactive way that is fundamentally based on inquiry-based learning.

The resources listed below include suggested grade levels and encourage you, as the teacher, to tailor as needed to meet your students’ learning needs and specific grade-level curriculum requirements.

Resources
Short Summary
Subject(s)
Grade or Age Level(s)
Investigating Ocean PollutionThis article investigates ocean pollution in the forms of plastic and oil. Students participate in experiments demonstrating why plastics and petroleum are two of the worst pollutants of the world’s oceans.
Language, Geography, Reading, Science and Technology, Social Studies, WritingGrades 3-5
A Walk in the Tropical RainforestThis activity enlightens youth on rainforest products and how we utilize these products (chewing gum, rubber, coffee beans) in our everyday lives. The activity also visually imitates a rainforest and allows students to see, hear, and feel the rainforest using specific themes.Ecology, Geography, Language, Science, Social StudiesGrades 4-6
Window into the WildA lesson on local wildlife biodiversity and the importance of humans sharing ecological spaces with animals. By monitoring their school grounds, students wwwelop and implement strategies to improve local habitats and ecosystems. Includes scorecards.Biology, Ecology, Language, Media, Science and Technology Grades 4-12
A Working Model of a StreamExplores the use of water to demonstrate the effects of flooding, erosion, and watershed problems. Students will discover innovative ways to minimize these problems without significantly compromising the quality of water systems (ponds, rivers, streams).Ecology, Geography, Science and Technology, Social Studies Grades 2-5
All Species ProjectsThis article uses art, drama, and pageantry to build a sense of community and rapport with other species. The project invites students to adopt a favourite species and take on the role of that creature in activities (masks and costume making, a species congress, dramatic skits, parade) that explore relationships and celebrate biodiversity. Drama, Language, Science and Technology, The ArtsGrades 4-8
Amphibians & Two Game StructuresReinforces lessons learned on the obstacles that frogs face when trekking to wetlands to mate/eat. Requires a prior lesson on amphibians.Ecology, Health and Physical Education, Language, Science and TechnologyGrades 3-6
Analyzing Wildlife Habitat with Google EarthAllows students to assess critically the requirements for a proper habitat for large cats, and apply their analytical skills to map out their schoolyard and a protected area within their region (for example a conservation park). Includes rubric.Biology, Geography, Language, Mathematics, Science and Technology Grades 5-8
Animals in JeopardyChallenges every class in the school to choose an endangered species in which they become experts, and to participate in various activities throughout a one-week period to enhance their understanding and respect for nature.Kindergarten Program, Language, Music, Science and Technology, The Arts Grades K-5
Attracting and Studying HummingbirdsThis article describes a selection of activities to incorporate hummingbirds and their habitats into the daily curriculum. Activities include creating a hummingbird feeder, “territorial tactics” tag game, designing a hummingbird flower, and a “migration mishaps” game.Biology, Ecology, Health and Physical Education, Science and Technology, Social Studies, The ArtsGrades 3-8
Bringing Children Back to NatureAn active outdoor experience that connects children holistically with nature. Provides the students with five different activities that thoughtfully engage while simultaneously educate children on the intricacies of nature.Ecology, Health and Physical Education , Kindergarten Program, Science and TechnologyGrades K-6
Butterfly GardensStudents will create butterfly gardens and explore different properties of how the location, plants, and maintenance of butterfly gardens are interconnected.Biology, Ecology, Kindergarten Program, Science and Technology, Social Studies, The ArtsGrades K-4
Celebrating Earth Week: Elemental ConnectionsA collection of ideas, activities, and resources for exploring and celebrating our connections to Earth’s elements during Earth Week. The unit offers a theme for each day of the week: the four natural elements (water, fire, earth, and air) and the spirit of life.Kindergarten Program, MultidisciplinaryGrades K-6
Declining Fish Stocks: Pieces of the PuzzleEnlightens students about the decline in fish populations, specifically Atlantic cod. Explains how many fisheries over-exploit the seas and the wwwastating effects on wwweloping countries where fish is the primary food source. Includes a puzzle to describe the possible reasons for the declining cod populations, and a “fish counting experiment” to illustrate how scientists measure fish populations.Biology, Ecology, Science and Technology, Social StudiesGrades 6-8
wwweloping a Sense of Place Through Native Science ActivitiesThis activity presents a Native understanding of the perception of the planet, to understand, to question, and to act as do Indigenous people do. Presents an alternative and fundamentally intricate understanding of the uniqueness of the natural world.Communications, Language, Native Languages, Science and Technology, Writing Grades 4-7
Discovering Our Temperate RainforestsThis activity discusses temperate rainforests and the variety of species that depend on trees as a source of habitat, shelter, or food. Students will “create a creature” to learn about habitat needs and how these needs are met, and participate in a “rainforest debate” to consider issues raised by human activity.Biology, Ecology, Geography, Science and Technology, Social StudiesGrades 6-8
Evaluating Nature JournalsStudents create nature journals to reflect, ask, and answer their own questions about the natural world. Kindergarten Program, Language, Science and Technology, The Arts Grades K-5
For Slug’s SakeProvides an in-depth look at an activity that leads to a final presentation. The lesson engages students to assess and document invertebrates (specifically slugs) found within natural systems. This activity culminates in a final presentation showcasing the information they have learned from studying their patch of natural area.Ecology, Language, Public Speaking, Science and Technology, WritingGrades 6-10
From Pattern to Principle: Discovering Science Through Observing Patterns Through NatureStudents distinguish between the different types of habitats various species prefer, and identify various species-specific patterns. Energy levels are also analyzed depending on its North- or South-facing side. Science, Biology, Ecology Grades 3-6
How Big is My Ecological Footprint?Students will be calculating their ecological footprint. Environmental Science, Mathematics, Science and Technology, Social studiesGrades 6-8
K-12 Learning in a Schoolyard PrairieOutlines different activities, depending on the subject of the class and the age group, that revolve around the history and culture of natives, as well as the lives of insects in the prairies.Kindergarten Program, Language, Mathematics, Music, Native Languages, Science and Technology, Social Studies, The ArtsGrades K-12
Making Connections with Insect RoyaltyThis article outlines the Monarch Butterfly’s migration patterns and life cycles. Includes detailed activities teachers can run with their class to help their students wwwelop relationships with insects.Ecology, Geography, Language, Science and Technology, Social Studies Grades 3-6
Making Natural ConnectionsIntroduces the notion of limiting factors for population growth (i.e. limited food, nesting habitat). In addition, it provokes students to think of the democratic processes that would allow bills to pass to law that would help mitigate the destruction of habitable land or proposal of new conservation laws.Ecology, Language, Public Speaking, Science and Technology, Social Studies, WritingGrades 4-11
Math in the SchoolyardThis activity will creatively excite the learning of math, geometry, patterns, and estimation in the schoolyard. Children in different grade levels can benefit from the diverse selection of activities and will be able to experience and wwwelop their math skills outside of the classroom. Includes Middle School activities.Mathematics, Science and TechnologyGrades 1-10
Mouse RouletteA game involving two "parent" students attempting to hand out candy with a broken fork to students to convey the struggles of injured hunting animals. Compares the aggression responses of animals to humans towards food.Ecology, Health and Physical Education, Science and TechnologyGrades 3-6
Nature MappingThis activity helps draw connections and relationships that species have with one another. By mapping their schoolyard, students will begin to see where animals are found and more likely to live.Ecology, Geography, Science and Technology, Social Studies, The ArtsGrades 4-8
Nighttime AdventuresTeaches the importance of understanding the natural world at night. The nighttime walk activity increases students’ understanding of and respect for nature at night.Health and Physical Education, Kindergarten Program, Science and Technology Grades K-12 (accompanied by adults)
One Fish, Two FishThis activity teaches children about life expectancy, offspring viability, and species distribution by following specific procedures involving red and blue fish in buckets. Analytical thinking is required of students in this activity, even when they learn about overfishing.Biology, Ecology, Mathematics, Science and TechnologyGrades 1-4
Press Agent for a DayThis activity allows students to analyze events from different perspectives by creating press releases about an oil spill. This is a great way to educate students about detecting biases in the work of others. It also engages students in a discussion about the causes and effects of oil spills, and preventative measures.Biology, Ecology, Environmental Science, Geography, Language, Science and Technology,

Social Studies
Grades 6-8
Projects for the BirdsThis exercise provides brief instructions on how to increase bird populations in schoolyards. Instructions on creating a nesting box for birds, how to create borderline habitats, plantings around trees, and creating a water source are all included.Geography, Health and Physical Education, Science and Technology, The Arts Grades 3-8
Rooftop GardensThis article explores the benefits of greening rooftops of schools (or other buildings) such as creating a garden for students, using it as an area for students to read and write outdoors. Draws upon environmental and economic benefits of green roofing, and how students can benefit from this through hands-on learning experiences.Ecology, Kindergarten Program, Health and Physical Education, Language, Science and Technology, The ArtsGrades K-8
Streams: Integrated CurriculumEmphasizes the idea of using the environment as a context for learning experience, having students explore storm water runoff, erosion, and groundwater. The “stream” program allows for students to partner with local organizations and their community to address environmental problems in the community. Ecology, Geography, Language, Mathematics, Science and Technology, Social Studies Grades 5-8
Surveying BiodiversityEngages students in environmental monitoring as a meaningful way to obtain information about species and their habitats. The article outlines steps toward environmental protectionBiology, Ecology, Geography, Language, Media, Science and Technology,

Social Studies, The Arts
Grades 4-8
Swimming With AnimalsStudents role-play various aquatic species to learn how they swim and have adaptations increasing survival in the water. The loon, frog, moose, duck, leech are examples of different water movement skills the students could learn. Drama, Language, Health and Physical Education, Science and Technology, The ArtsGrades 4-12
Teaching with the SeasonsUsing nature’s four seasons as the textbook for learning, this natural science lesson is based on phenology. Students learn about local flora and fauna, track the weather, and closely monitor the seasonal phenologies.Biology, Ecology, Geography, Science and TechnologyGrades 6-8
The Biosphere Challenge: wwweloping Ecological LiteracyThis ‘biosphere activity’ is inquiry-based, hands-on problem-solving that helps students broaden their understanding of ecology. The activity challenges students’ initial perceptions and involves critical thinking to better wwwelop their overall understanding. Biology, Ecology, Geography, Science and Technology, Social StudiesGrades 5-8
The Hawk in the NestA circle game for teaching early elementary students about trophic levels. The singing, skipping, and game selection is a version of “The Farmer in the Dell,” that can help children learn about food chains in a given habitat.Drama, Kindergarten Program, Language, Health and Physical Education, Music, Science and Technology, The Arts Grades K-4
The Numbered ForestTeachers utilize forests to stimulate student interest in a variety of math concepts. Numbered trees can be used to create a scavenger hunt, identify tree species, help students wwwelop their map skills, or assign trees to students to create a sense of ownership.Geography, Language, Health and Physical Education, Mathematics Science and Technology, Social Studies Grades 2-8
The Single Concept Field TripThis articles outlines the benefits of short field trips to nearby parks or yards to stimulate awareness, introduce concepts, and provide real-life examples of textbook lessons. The short field trip consists of one key topic to address.Biology, Ecology, Geography, Kindergarten Program, Science and TechnologyGrades K-5
Tips and Tricks for Taking Kids OutsideThis article offers peace of mind and guidelines for teachers wanting to take their students outside the classroom walls. Advice includes planning the logistics, practicing and modeling activities, and strategic communication with students.Health and Physical Education, Kindergarten Program, Social Studies, The ArtsGrades K-8
Wonderful Wildlife WebThis activity is intended to help students understand the interdependence of forest species. Each becomes an animal in a specific forest habitat for the day. They make decisions about what habitat items they need and what they will do if they lose a habitat item (e.g., survive, adapt, die).Biology, Drama, Ecology, Kindergarten Program, Science and Technology, Social Studies, The ArtsGrades K-3
Worm Composting RevisitedIn this activity, students create worm compost bins and learn about how worms contribute to the composting process. Biology, Ecology, Language, Mathematics, Science and Technology, The ArtsGrades 4-8
Avian AttractionStudents observe birds attracted to the school through bird feeders. Ecology, Kindergarten Program, Language, Mathematics, Science and Technology, The Arts Grades K-8
Enjoying Winter with Your ClassDuring the winter, students can still learn from outdoor education. This article presents a number of safe outdoor activities to help students understand season-specific animal adaptations.Biology, Ecology, Health and Physical Education, Science and TechnologyGrades 4-5
Habitat Fragmentation and Genetic DiversityStudents attempt to ‘mate’ two bears within a national park to increase the population size of bears, thereby learning about genetic diversity and habitat/population fragmentation.Biology, Ecology, Science and Technology, Social Studies. Grades 6-8
Marine Food Web SimulationDiscusses the concept of food chains and the importance of each trophic level. Students learn about new marine organisms by acting out a tag game, where each student is a marine organism.Drama, Mathematics, Health and Physical Education, Science and Technology, The ArtsGrades 4-6
Monitoring WetlandsA declining population of spring peepers (small frogs) in northeast North America is of concern. The article states that frogs (and other amphibians) are good indicator species and should be monitored. Also includes activities in which students monitor frogs in their area, and obtain and analyze information gathered from their local environment (e.g., water quality, temperature). Biology, Ecology, Environmental Science, Mathematics, Science and Technology, Social Studies Grades 5-10
Studying Pond CreaturesThis articles outlines the benefits of taking students to local ponds to provide examples of food webs, life cycles, and animal & plant adaptations. Biology, Ecology, Science and TechnologyGrades 2-5
The Great Lakes Food Web DramaAddresses environmental problems of the Great Lakes (e.g., habitat destruction, pollution) and introduces students to these problems via plays (‘read aloud dramas’). This learning strategy provides a fun way for students to be introduced to scientific names and physical characteristics of creatures. Biology, Drama, Ecology, Environmental Science, Language, Science and Technology, The Arts Grades 4-5
The Water GameThis article outlines an outdoor game designed to create awareness of the importance and scarcity of fresh water through a scavenger hunt and list of follow-up activities. Environmental Science, Health and Physical Education, Language, Science and TechnologyGrades 2-8
Tracking Migratory Birds On-LineThis article outlines how computers can be used to enhance students’ abilities to learn about the environment and animals. For example, being able to track migratory birds in real-time and connect with experts to answer questions online. Computer Technology, Ecology, Language, Media, Science and Technology, Social Studies Grades 3-5
Bring Back the Wild: BioCircle Race


Teacher's Guide
Clue cards
Mats
This fun, active activity will get kids thinking about the relationships of living and non-living organisms while uncovering some fascinating nature facts along the way. Students will work together to build a food chain and learn the effects of human distruption to the chian. There are two game levels to choose from: Junior and intermediate.Health and Physical Education, Science and Technology, Environmental ScienceGrades 3-6
Bring Back the Wild: Call of the Wild Activity

Teacher’s Guide
Crown Outlines
Crown Colour Samples
With this hands-on creative activity, students can create their own Bring Back the Wild Animal crowns and act like their animal. Using the provided templates, students can colour, cut and wear their own animal crown.Drama, Health and Physical Education, Science and Technology, The Arts, Kindergarten ProgramGrades K - 2
JUMP Math: Lessons on Math and the Environment

Primary
Junior
Intermediate
JUMP Math collaborated with Earth Rangers to wwwelop a series of three curriculum-linked Primary, Junior, and Intermediate lessons on math and the environment. These lessons were created by John Mighton for pre-show (Lessons 1 and 2) and post-show (Lesson 3) activities for the popular Earth Rangers Bring Back the Wild in-school presentation.Mathematics, Geometry, Biology, Science and TechnologyPrimary Lessons (Grade 1-3)


Junior Lessons

(Grade 4-6)


Intermediate Lessons

(Grade 7-8)

Green Teacher

Green Teacher is a non-profit organization promoting environmental and global education, which publishes Green Teacher, a quarterly magazine replete with teaching ideas from successful “green” educators. Each Green Teacher issue offers perspectives on the role of education in creating a sustainable future, practical cross-curricular activities for various grade levels, and reviews of the latest environmental teaching resources. Features in the magazine provide complete hands-on lesson plans for teachers to use with students, or present learning activities that individual teachers can adapt for their own classes’ purposes.
Green Teacher also publishes a number of curriculum books: the Teaching Green series featuring articles on a number of environmental and global education topics (The Elementary Years for grades K-5; The Middle Years for grades 6-8; and The High School Years for grades 9-12); and two focused subject area books with articles and activities for all grade levels: Greening School Grounds: Creating Habitats for Learning, and Teaching About Climate Change: Cool Schools Tackle Global Warming.

Jump Math

JUMP Math’s mission is to enhance the potential in children by encouraging an understanding and a love of math in students and educators. The program delivers the mathematical curriculum through the method of “guided discovery.” In JUMP lessons, students explore and discover mathematical concepts.

green teache
Green Teacher is a non-profit organization promoting environmental and global education, which publishes Green Teacher, a quarterly magazine full of teaching ideas from successful “green” educators. Each issue of Green Teacher offers perspectives on the role of education in creating a sustainable future, practical cross-curricular activities for various grade levels, and reviews of the latest environmental teaching resources. Features in the magazine provide complete hands-on lesson plans for teachers to use with students, or present learning activities that individual teachers can adapt for their own classes’ purposes. Green Teacher also publishes a number of curriculum books: the Teaching Green series featuring articles on a number of environmental and global education topics (The Elementary Years for grades K-5; The Middle Years for grades 6-8; and The High School Years for grades 9-12); and two focused subject area books, with articles and activities for all grade levels: Greening School Grounds: Creating Habitats for Learning, and Teaching About Climate Change: Cool Schools Tackle Global Warming.
Ontario
This resource document has been prepared to assist teachers in bringing environmental education into the classroom in each subject area in Grades 1 to 8. In the elementary curriculum, most of the expectations connected explicitly with aspects of environmental education are found in the science and technology curriculum and the social studies, history, and geography curriculum. In other subject areas, connections can be made to environmental topics or issues in various ways, and some suggestions for making such connections are given in brief comments.
Robert Batmen
The Robert Bateman Get to Know Program has been inspiring connections between children and nature in the outdoors for over a decade. The program focuses on the theme of “Connect. Create. Celebrate” working to foster a connection to nature through the creative arts – and to celebrate the fantastic work being done by youth.
Earth Care
Earth Care, An Environmental Partnership, is an action-oriented, curriculum-aligned program that focuses on energy conservation, waste reduction, and water conservation. As a youth-inspired, board-wide environmental stewardship program Earth Care works to positively impact individuals, classes, schools, communities and the world. Earth Care not only promotes more effective conservation behaviours but also provides a mechanism and process for turning awareness into action.

Canadian Boreal Initiative
The Canadian Boreal Initiative (CBI) is a national convener for conservation in Canada’s Boreal Forest. The organization works with conservation organizations, First Nations, industry and other interested parties – including members of the Boreal Leadership Council – to link science, policy and conservation solutions across Canada’s Boreal Forest.
Earth Child Institute is committed to combating climate change, deforestation and water scarcity, and advocating for the rights and future needs of children. ECI develops and implements hands-on environmental and educational projects with and for children, both in and out of schools. The organization’s goal is to engage with and support the empowerment of the world’s 2.2 billion people under the age of 18 to plant trees, ensure access to safe water, sanitation, clean energy and nutritious food.

habitat heroes
Habitat Heroes is a virtual world which empowers and educates kids aged between 6 -14, while they have fun and interact with friends around the world, while learning ways to protect the planet and its animals. Education-based games, activities, treasure hunts and puzzles entertain and teach children about animal extinction, healthy eating, water and land rejuvenation, recycling, climate change and others challenges facing Planet Earth using an interdisciplinary approach. Habitat Heroes School Safari includes hundreds of resources that assist teachers in the classroom including lesson plans, teacher’s notes, videos and projects which direct and support students in their learning. Habitat Heroes work with experts in all areas of sustainability, environment and education to develop the most effective and current materials available for the 21st century classroom. Habitat Heroes is being used in schools in 24 countries, and has individual members in over 200 countries. Children are playing on Habitat Heroes at home as well as in schools.
green learning curriculum
Moving Planet is a campaign being run by 350.org and a host of other international organizations to help move the world beyond fossil fuels and toward the solutions to the climate crisis. The Moving Planet website offers educational resources and explains what you can do to make a difference. Schools all over the world are participating in this call to action and yours can too!
Moving Planet
Launched in 2011, COOL 2.0 is a new program of the GreenLearning Canada Foundation. Late in 2009, GreenLearning Canada hosted a design retreat that brought together a select group of Canadian teachers, youth leaders, curriculum consultants, and ministry of education representatives. COOL 2.0 grew out of their shared dedication to excellence in climate change education.