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Meet a Naturalist: Researching, Writing, Interviewing

For Teachers 2nd - 5th Standards
Young scholars reach out into the community and learn about different environmental science careers in this inquiry-based instructional activity. Beginning with a short research assignment, children gain background knowledge about...
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Counting Fidgets: Teaching the Complexity of Naturalistic Observation

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Why do psychologists conduct experiments in controlled laboratory settings? High schoolers gain an understanding of the importance of controls with an activity that involves naturalistic observations with no imposed controls.
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Discovering Art-Huntington Gallery Shape

For Teachers K - 3rd
Students study geometric, naturalistic, and abstract shapes. They discuss how various shapes are used in art. They study The Young Fortune Teller by Joshua Reynolds to find various shapes.
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The Young Naturalist

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Beginning with a brief history of our 26th president, Theodore Roosevelt, then followed by a discussion of his interest in nature, young scientists take to the outdoors to locate and observe local plants and insects. Scholars return to...
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Naturalist Activity Workbook

For Students 3rd - 5th
For this Webelos naturalist worksheet, students list short answers to 13 questions and assignments. The worksheet also includes a list of online resources.
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Psychological Research

For Students 9th - 12th
Planning a semester or year-long psychology course? Check out this series of videos that could be used as an overview for each unit of study. The second session of a 13-part course examines psychological research and research methods...
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Meet the Naturalists

For Students 5th - 6th
New ReviewStudying plants is a full-time job—for some. After learning the ins and outs of phenology in the first three lessons in the unit, pupils explore the history of the science. The instructional activity highlights five historical...
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Jane Goodall, Renowned Naturalist and Champion of Chimpanzees

For Teachers 2nd - 6th
Students study the life of Jane Goodall and how she made an impact studying chimpanzees.  In this endangered species lesson students write in their journals.
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On the Origin of Species

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
How did Charles Darwin support his controversial theory of evolution with evidence? Use an excerpt from his 1859 work On the Origin of Species to reinforce the importance of making inferences within an informational text, and to discuss...
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Discovering Art - Scott Gallery: Shape

For Teachers K - 3rd
Pupils study geometric, naturalistic, and abstract shapes in art. They review the names of shapes and name them in the portrait, Breakfast in Bed by Mary Cassatt. They simulate a baby as in the portrait and discuss the shapes. They...
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Autobiographical Expression

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Guide scholars through the process of discovering their personal learning style. After reading two poems, learners take a multiple intelligence quiz to identify which of the eight intelligences is their preference. Pupils then design a...
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Rain Forest Teaching Curriculum

For Teachers K - 12th Standards
Take young naturalists on an exploration of the world's tropical rainforests with this extensive collection of lessons and activities. Whether its creating leaf and flower prints or investigating the absorption spectrum of chlorophyl,...
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Writing About Literature: Nature in the Writings of John Muir and Emily Dickinson

For Students 11th - 12th Standards
As an assessment of their skill in crafting a compare and contrast essay, class members read and compare the portrayals of nature in excerpts from naturalist John Muir's My First Summer in the Sierra and from poet Emily Dickinson's "The...
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Charles Darwin's Observations

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
How did Charles Darwin become one of the most recognized names in biology? Introduce young naturalists to the early history of Darwin using a brief Fuse School Evolution video. The narrator discusses Darwin's beginnings as a theology...
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Naturalist's Notebook

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Learners observe and record the behavior of a San Diego wetland animal and the characteristics of its environment. The amount of time that each animal spends resting, grooming, eating, flying, and social or individual play becomes the...
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the Naturalist's Notebook

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders, after brainstorming what they already know about trees and what effect the seasons have on them, create a model of a hollow log. They participate in a young naturalist's notebook writing activity while walking outside...
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Naturalistic Application Form

For Students 6th - 12th
In this naturalist learning exercise, students fill out an application for adopting a body of water. Students explain what parameters they will be monitoring such as water temperature and acidity to make sure their water is healthy. This...
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Evolution Primer #2: Who Was Charles Darwin?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Introduce your young scientists to Charles Darwin, his observations, and how those observations became the basis of the theory of evolution. Use this clip to build an understanding of scientific observation, data collection, and the...
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Mother Nature Designer

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Your young naturalists create observational drawings of plant and animal items they have found around the schoolyard. They examine the items under magnifying glasses and make detailed pencil drawings.
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The Action of Ice

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Compelling imagery and well written narration explains the cycle of the glacier. Both science and descriptive language meet to bring to life the beauty and magic of what seems to be, living ice. A great video to build interest and...
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Chekhov and the Moscow Art Theatre: Crash Course Theater #34

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Were they worth the wait? Naturalistic Russian plays were hidden for years due to government censors who only wanted to display melodrama. In 1898, a private theater opened and began showing plays not approved by the government. Viewers...
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Bird Nests

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Learners build bird nests. In this Science lesson plan, students consider climate, location, and structure when building their bird nest. Learners try to locate each other's nests within the activity site.
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Voyage of the Beagle and the Voyage of Zheng He

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders explore evolution concepts. For this biology lesson, 12th graders act as naturalists as they research flora and fauna, sketch organisms encountered, and site examples of convergent and divergent evolution.
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Adventures in Nature: Lesson 1

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders are introduced to the book My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George. In this literature lesson, 6th graders watch a video about the author that explains her book writing and history as a naturalist. They answer...