Sometimes when I began thinking about making those real world connections in a lesson my mind would go blank. It’s easy when my kids came bouncing in all fired up about something but often I looked at the standards and had to figure out: How am I going to make this relevant to the students? How on earth am I going to find the resources for them to investigate what they need? I felt like I spent my time doing a lot of hunting. The hunting thought sparked an idea. Sometimes ideas and resources were as simple as looking or hunting in my own backyard.
- National Wildlife Federation site provides information about eco-schools, school yard habitats, climate change, and volunteer opportunities. There is also information on the Gulf oil spill as well as going green. (Also)
- National Wild Turkey Federation site has connections to careers; particularly biologists, information about programs by state, habitats, and conservation.
- Audubon Society site has information and tips for classrooms as well as detailed information about their initiative with Toyota called Together Green; Act Today to Shape Tomorrow program.
- The National Park Service has an entire section about Teaching with Historical Places targeting grades 5-12. Wow, think about the connection you could make to Google Earth. The site can be searched by state as well and the Teaching with Historical Places site can be searched by curriculum standards.
- The US Government even has a page full of government resources for K-8 educators at Kids.gov. This provides links to government resources from a variety of areas. Places you never even thought about. It is definitely well worth the time to look.
- Missouri Department of Conservation – MDC has information for inside and outside the classroom. The Discover Nature Schools is a big part of this site. Targeting grades 3-12, its purpose is to provide information about Missouri nature.
- Missouri Department of Natural Resources – This site provides information on a variety of topics including Earth Day; with a list of contests even, to information on creating and maintaining worm farms.
- Missouri Secretary of State provides a site for kids with information about Missouri history and government. The Missouri Senate also has a kid’s page with additional information.