Curriculum Resources

These Earth Rangers-approved curriculum resources have been designed with a multidisciplinary approach, giving you ways to embed connections to the natural world beyond the Science and Technology curriculum, and also offer curricular benefits in Health and Physical Education, Language, Mathematics, and The Arts. These hands-on resources 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.

Bring Back the Wild: Call of the Wild Activity

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.
Teacher’s Guide
Crown Outlines
Crown Colour Samples

Grades K – 2
Drama, Health and Physical Education, Science and Technology, The Arts, Kindergarten Program

This 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).
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Grades K – 3
Biology, Drama, Ecology, Kindergarten Program, Science and Technology, Social Studies, The Arts

Students will create butterfly gardens and explore different properties of how the location, plants, and maintenance of butterfly gardens are interconnected.
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Grades K – 4
Biology, Ecology, Kindergarten Program, Science and Technology, Social Studies, The Arts

A 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.
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Grades K – 4
Drama, Kindergarten Program, Language, Health and Physical Education, Music, Science and Technology, The Arts

Challenges 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.
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Grades K – 5
Kindergarten Program, Language, Music, Science and Technology, The Arts

Students create nature journals to reflect, ask, and answer their own questions about the natural world.
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Grades K – 5
Kindergarten Program, Language, Science and Technology, The Arts

This 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.
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Grades K – 5
Biology, Ecology, Geography, Kindergarten Program, Science and Technology

An 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.
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Grades K – 6
Ecology, Health and Physical Education , Kindergarten Program, Science and Technology

A 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.
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Grades K – 6
Kindergarten Program, Multidisciplinary

This 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.
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Grades K – 8
Ecology, Kindergarten Program, Health and Physical Education, Language, Science and Technology, The Arts

This 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.
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Grades K – 8
Health and Physical Education, Kindergarten Program, Social Studies, The Arts

Students observe birds attracted to the school through bird feeders.
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Grades K – 8
Ecology, Kindergarten Program, Language, Mathematics, Science and Technology, The Arts

Outlines 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.
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Grades K – 12
Kindergarten Program, Language, Mathematics, Music, Native Languages, Science and Technology, Social Studies, The Arts

Teaches the importance of understanding the natural world at night. The nighttime walk activity increases students’ understanding of and respect for nature at night.
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Grades K – 12
(accompanied by adults)

Health and Physical Education, Kindergarten Program, Science and Technology
JUMP Math: Lessons on Math and the Environment

JUMP Math collaborated with Earth Rangers to develop 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.
Primary
Junior
Intermediate

Grades 1 – 3
(Primary)

Grades 4 – 6
(Junior)

Grades 7 – 8
(Intermediate)

Mathematics, Geometry, Biology, Science and Technology

This 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.
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Grades 1 – 4
Biology, Ecology, Mathematics, Science and Technology

This 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 develop their math skills outside of the classroom. Includes Middle School activities.
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Grades 1 – 10
Mathematics, Science and Technology

Explores 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).
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Grades 2 – 5
Ecology, Geography, Science and Technology, Social Studies

This articles outlines the benefits of taking students to local ponds to provide examples of food webs, life cycles, and animal & plant adaptations.
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Grades 2 – 5
Biology, Ecology, Science and Technology

Teachers 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 deveelop their map skills, or assign trees to students to create a sense of ownership.
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Grades 2 – 8
Geography, Language, Health and Physical Education, Mathematics Science and Technology, Social Studies

This 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.
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Grades 2 – 8
Environmental Science, Health and Physical Education, Language, Science and Technology

This 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.
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Grades 3 – 5
Language, Geography, Reading, Science and Technology, Social Studies, Writing

This 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.
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Grades 3 – 5
Computer Technology, Ecology, Language, Media, Science and Technology, Social Studies

Reinforces lessons learned on the obstacles that frogs face when trekking to wetlands to mate/eat. Requires a prior lesson on amphibians.
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Grades 3 – 6
Ecology, Health and Physical Education, Language, Science and Technology

Students 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.
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Grades 3 – 6
Science, Biology, Ecology

This article outlines the Monarch Butterfly’s migration patterns and life cycles. Includes detailed activities teachers can run with their class to help their students develop relationships with insects.
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Grades 3 – 6
Ecology, Geography, Language, Science and Technology, Social Studies

A 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.
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Grades 3 – 6
Ecology, Health and Physical Education, Science and Technology
Bring Back the Wild: BioCircle Race

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 disruption to the chain. There are two game levels to choose from: Junior and Intermediate.
Teacher’s Guide
Clue Cards
Mats

Grades 3 – 6
Health and Physical Education, Science and Technology, Environmental Science

This 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.
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Grades 3 – 8
Biology, Ecology, Health and Physical Education, Science and Technology, Social Studies, The Arts

This 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.
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Grades 3 – 8
Geography, Health and Physical Education, Science and Technology, The Arts

During 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.
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Grades 4 – 5
Biology, Ecology, Health and Physical Education, Science and Technology

Addresses 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.
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Grades 4 – 5
Biology, Drama, Ecology, Environmental Science, Language, Science and Technology, The Arts

This 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.
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Grades 4 – 6
Ecology, Geography, Language, Science, Social Studies

Discusses 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.
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Grades 4 – 6
Ecology, Geography, Language, Science, Social Studies

This 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.
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Grades 4 – 8
Drama, Language, Science and Technology, The Arts

This 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.
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Grades 4 – 8
Ecology, Geography, Science and Technology, Social Studies, The Arts

Engages students in environmental monitoring as a meaningful way to obtain information about species and their habitats. The article outlines steps toward environmental protection.
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Grades 4 – 8
Biology, Ecology, Geography, Language, Media, Science and Technology, Social Studies, The Arts

In this activity, students create worm compost bins and learn about how worms contribute to the composting process.
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Grades 4 – 8
Biology, Ecology, Language, Mathematics, Science and Technology, The Arts

Introduces 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.
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Grades 4 – 11
Ecology, Language, Public Speaking, Science and Technology, Social Studies, Writing

A lesson on local wildlife biodiversity and the importance of humans sharing ecological spaces with animals. By monitoring their school grounds, students develop and implement strategies to improve local habitats and ecosystems. Includes scorecards.
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Grades 4 – 12
Biology, Ecology, Language, Media, Science and Technology

Students 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.
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Grades 4 – 12
Drama, Language, Health and Physical Education, Science and Technology, The Arts

Allows 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.
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Grades 5 – 8
Biology, Geography, Language, Mathematics, Science and Technology

Emphasizes 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.
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Grades 5 – 8

Ecology, Geography, Language, Mathematics, Science and Technology, Social Studies

Enlightens students about the decline in fish populations, specifically Atlantic cod. Explains how many fisheries over-exploit the seas and the devastating effects on developing 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.
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Grades 6 – 8

Biology, Ecology, Science and Technology, Social Studies

This 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.
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Grades 6 – 8

Biology, Ecology, Geography, Science and Technology, Social Studies

Students will be calculating their ecological footprint.
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Grades 6 – 8

Environmental Science, Mathematics, Science and Technology, Social Studies

This 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.
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Grades 6 – 8

Biology, Ecology, Environmental Science, Geography, Language, Science and Technology, Social Studies

Using 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.
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Grades 6 – 8

Biology, Ecology, Geography, Science and Technology

Students 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.
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Grades 6 – 8

Biology, Ecology, Science and Technology, Social Studies

Provides 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.
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Grades 6 – 10

Ecology, Language, Public Speaking, Science and Technology, Writing