Project Wild K - 12 Activity Guide Author:Council for Enviromental Education The Project WILD K-12 Curriculum and Activity Guide focuses on wildlife and habitat. Because these activities are designed for integration into existing courses of study, instructors may use one or many Project WILD activities or the entire set of activities may serve quite effectively as the basis for a course of study. — Each Project WILD activ... more »ity contains all the information needed to conduct that activity including objectives, method, background information, a list of materials needed, procedures, evaluation suggestions, recommended grade levels, subject areas, duration, group size, setting, and key terms. A glossary is provided, as well as a cross-reference by topics and skills.
Sample Lesson: Wildlife is Everywhere!
Many people think of wildlife as the large animals of Africa or the North American forests. However, wildlife includes all animals that have not been domesticated by people. Wildlife includes the smallest animal organisms -- even those that can be seen only through a microscope. Wildlife is everywhere! Insects, reptiles, amphibians, and most species of fish, birds, and mammals may be considered wildlife. Even when animals are silent or not visible, they exist somewhere around us. Thousands of organisms live in and on human skin, hair, and bodies. By investigating, students will be able to generalize that wildlife exists in every country on the planet.
1. Invite the students to explore the room looking for signs of wildlife. Even in the cleanest rooms, some signs of life can be found. It might be a spider web, dead insects near lights, or insect holes along baseboards and behind books.
2. Take the search for animals outside. Divide the students into pairs, and give each pair five minutes to find an animal or some sign that an animal has been there. Look for indirect evidence such as tracks, webs, droppings, feathers, and nests.
3. Discuss with the students what they have learned. Emphasize that the experience shows that people and wildlife share the same environment. Ask the students to discuss where different kinds of animals are found all over the Earth.
1. Observe wildlife in yards, kitchens, neighborhoods, and city parks.
2. Search magazines and books for pictures of wildlife from all over the planet.
3. Invent names and descriptions for the wildlife found during wildlife searches.
4. Using state maps, look up towns, cities, and counties named after wild animals.
Survey your school grounds or neighborhood for any aquatic wildlife habitats. Check puddles, sprinkler systems, and, if possible, streams, beaches, and ponds.
Identify and describe three things that people could do to increase the numbers and kinds of wildlife living in an area that has little evidence of wildlife.« less