Online Resources for Data, Kits, Information and More!
The curriculum attached is actually a list of websites you can find useful for you and your students. Some of the websites will give you access to data that you can give to your students, other websites (like the WI DNR EEK!! website) provides information that your students can use (and is age appropriate for elementary/middle school). Other websites provide great kits or other resources.
The curriculum contains great outdoor activities for students of all ages.
Past and Present Shorelines of Lake Superior
Students will understand that the shore line of Lake Superior used to be longer in the past. Students will understand the geology changes the lay out of the land over time.
Students will participate in a hike around their local nature space/place and make observations about what is happening in that natural place. They will try to answer questions like, ‘What is new?’ ‘What is different?’ ‘What has changed?’
Rock Cycle and Rock Identification
The unit plan attached will guide students through the rock cycle (igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rock formations), identification of common rocks of these types, and guide students into understanding the importance of brownstone. There are a lot of resources for this: "The Brownstone Quarries of Bayfield County" by Tom Gerstenberger (two parts), rock identification key, rock cycle, and (attached here as well) Survivor Buildings of the Great Chicago Fire. LSNERR has a rock collection kit and "You're a Rock!" Game kit.
Rock Cycle/Rock Identification Key Handouts
Attached are the Rock cycle and rock identification key handouts that go with the Rock Cycle and Rock Identification Curriculum
Satellite Photo of the St. Louis River Estuary
This is a current satellite photo of the St. Louis River Estuary. This is a great tool to aid your students in finding their place in the watershed.
Students will observe and investigate the properties of snow and snowflakes as a means to learning about states of matter.
Subnivean Zone and Temperatures
Students will discover the insulating effect of snow and understand that temperature varies according to snow depth. Students will also learn what the subnivean zone is and how it helps animals survive the winter.
Sum of the Rivers
Students will see maps of Lake Superior and the St. Louis River to compare the sizes. Students will then each draw a portion of either the St. Louis River or a river near their school that flows into the St. Louis River or Lake Superior. They will make connections that every part of the river can impact the health of the rest of the river and of Lake Superior.