1824 Map of the St. Louis River Estuary
This is a copy of one of the first hand drawn maps of the St. Louis River Estuary. It was drawn by Admiral Henry Bayfield in 1824. Pay close attention to the inscription on the map.
Curriculum download is a PDF version of the map.
Algae: What is it and how can it affect a human?
This is a brief read and understand on algae and cyanobacteria focusing on both cell structure and affects on humans. Curriculum download is a PDF version of this information sheet.
Amphibian Trivia: What’s there to know about frogs and why are they important?
As partners, students will work to understand materials about frogs. Then, partners will be separated to form two groups to play the amphibian trivia game. Students will learn about the importance of amphibians such as frogs as well as how frogs differ from toads. Curriculum download is a brief lesson plan including a reader about amphibians.
Analyzing Animal Tracks
This is a short guide to using measurements to figure out what animal may have left a track in the snow. Curriculum download is a PDF version of this tracks worksheet.
Attack of the Purple Loosestrife!
Wild rice is a keystone species in the ecosystem. If it were removed, many other species would be negatively impacted. In our region, it is being threatened by a number of different factors, a couple of which, purple loosestrife and Canada geese, will be covered in this lesson. Students will act out a small scale ecosystem in order to learn about the issues facing wild rice in our area. Curriculum download is a lesson plan with which to run this lesson.
Bathymetry of the Great Lakes
The curriculum download is a PDF document that will help your students explore bathymetric maps of the Great Lakes! There are a few instructions on how to get things set up for the students to explore (it's easy, I promise!) but after that the students can explore the Great Lakes.
Bedrock and Geologic Past Maps
These maps are great resources and go with the Geology Unit Lesson Plan curriculum. Curriculum download is a PDF infographic about Wisconsin's geologic past. The Supporting File download is a PDF map showing the composition of Wisconsin's bedrock.
Can a fish pay for your college education?
This lesson will guide students through learning about Lake Whitefish, a valuable fish for commercial fishermen, and how climate and profit impacts fishermen’s livelihood. Students will learn facts about whitefish, learn about local fishing businesses, and apply what they’ve learned using economics to decide whether their business can continue to stay open with different scenarios. Curriculum download is a PDF lesson to run this with your class. Supporting file download is a PDF document with fact cards and question cards all about whitefish and fishing in the region.
Comparing Different Cultures: Are we really that different?
The objective is for students to understand that human cultures all have common threads. The Curriculum download is a PDF version of the lesson plan to run this with your class.
Construct a Cell
Students will gather items they can find in nature to put as parts in a cell. The catch is that students must explain why that item represents the cell organelle by using metaphors, similes, or other explanations. Prerequisite: Students must have a firm understanding of cell parts and functions. This lesson would be great as a unit wrap-up lesson. An example would be that an acorn could represent a vesicle because it transports seeds to other places in a protective casing like a vesicle transports proteins in a cell. Curriculum download is a PDF version of the lesson plan. The Supporting File download is a PDF document with cell part labels.