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The Wild Classroom

As an organization of next generation scientists, The Wild Classroom and sister site Explore Biodiversity work to promote an interest in conservation, ecology and biology in a manner appealing to our youth and young at heart.

We bring nature and adventure together to show people that by making a small effort to care for what is around, you will find that there is so much to discover and explore.

Our goal is to open the eyes of the public to science by producing action-filled nature documentaries, creating exciting lesson plans for schools and educators, and by holding seminars, presentations and photographic exhibitions.

Explore your world with videos, pictures and blogs from the Wild Classroom Exeditions.



Created in 2003


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Curriculum Information For Resource

Snapshot
Grade Level(s):4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Curriculum Areas:Science
Themes/Keywords: Biodiversity
Biomes
Genetics
survival


Vocabulary
temperature, ecoregion, artic, sub-artic, sub-tropical, tropical, aquatic, altitude, latitude, classification, grassland, forests, tundra, dry biomes, fresh water, marine, terrestrial biomes, aquatic biomes


Essential Question(s)
1. What is biodiversity?

Discussion Question(s)
1. What is important to know for surviving the great outdoors?
2. What factors are necessary for wildlife filmmaking?

Extension and Activities
1. Illustrate a animal web or plant web.
2. Create a survival guide for your region.
3. Interview an environmental organization that has issues/concerns for your local area. Check the facts and then present your findings in a podcast.
4. Present a terrestrial and an aquatic biome by using only pictures and videos.


"I used My eCoach for a few years as my classroom website and for surveys and quizzes.

Two years ago, the district asked us to learn to use moodle because it is linked to student's grades, etc... At first, the moodle class page was separate, but needed to be accessed by student username and password. Many students forgot passwords or changed them or couldn't get on because of other reasons. This year there is a link within the students portal site to a moodle classroom page. (They still need their username and password.) This link was not to the webpage I had made earlier, but to a new one. I switched all the information over to the new because I was told the parents would be able to access it from their portal site, also. This was not true. I then switched back to My eCoach and found it so easy to use!

The parents and students both can keep up with assignments because they do not need to remember passwords! This past week, I put together an online test in portal-moodle because I was told it would grade the test and link the grade to my gradebook. What a disaster! The transferred grade was not correct and I am dealing with many e-mails from students who could not submit their finished tests. I believe I will try the on-line quiz in My eCoach next time and just copy over the grade.

I am still only using a small portion of what is available in ecoach, but am looking forward to trying all the new things that Barbara and her team have developed over the past year or so."



pictureSusan Brown
High School Science Teacher
Osceola High School - Pinellas, Florida






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