RESOURCES FOR TEACHERS:
We add materials we think will be most useful to educators in our region. Please send us links or materials you think would be helpful to fellow teachers. We welcome your input!
GRADES K-3 NUTRIENT CYCLES: connection to literature like The Fall of Freddie the Leaf by Leo Buscaglia
GRADE 5-9 NUTRIENT CYCLES: a fun lesson for kids
GRADES 2-12 COMPOSTING: an excellent and fully downloadable book titled Do the Rot Thing , with activities that can be adapted to any grade level; See the 23 minute online video for more instruction.
GRADE 6-8 Make a Dichotomous Key that can be used to organize the plants/insects you identify
ALL GRADES BIODIVERSITY GUIDE: used in Washington state, but useful for east coast too.
ECO-SCHOOLS : National Wildlife Federation’s website that is full of useful tools!
ALL GRADES NON-NATIVE INVASIVE PLANTS IN MARYLAND: useful for teachers and school caretakers. Includes 4 invasive plants that are present around the Barnesville School property in Montgomery County and involves outdoor identification and activity. (Note that the wineberries and garlic mustard plant, while non native and invasive, are both edible and quite tasty. What better way to rid ourselves of invasives than to EAT them!)
GRADES 2-5 RIPARIAN BUFFER: a lesson plan that can be adapted and is matched to Virginia state standards.
ALL GRADES THE BAY BACKPACK: great resources related to the Chesapeake Bay…
ALL GRADES – CREATING AN EDIBLE SCHOOLYARD: activities for inside and outside the classroom
GRADES 6-8 COVER CROPS – their importance for healthy soils and crops
GRADES 2-5 POLLINATOR GARDENS and why they are important
ALL GRADES: THE AMERICAN CHESTNUT: The American Chestnut Foundation has some great resources that help you learn and teach about this majestic and oh, so useful native tree.
Read Richard Louv’s Last Child in the Woods.