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Following is a list of resources of nature-based activities teachers can use for students and parents can use while homeschooling during the COVID Stay-at-Home Order. If you have resources to add, or if any of the links do not work for you, contact us at education@LickingSWCD.com

NATURAL RESOURCES

Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Earth Day Newsletter and remote learning resources available.  CLICK HERE

Project WET 

Wherever you are, join us online with resources for parents and teachers of all school subjects. In these uncertain times, it's more important than ever to come together for what matters. If you ask us, World Water Day 2020 is worth celebrating - even if we're learning and working from our living rooms. Digital learning brings us exciting new opportunities to reach more people than ever before with water education. Take a free online training, download our free activities to teach your kids, play some fun and educational games on DiscoverWater.org or get Project WET certified from home. The global challenges we face won't stop for a quarantine, and neither should water education!

FREE Earth Day Climate Training

This free online course for educators covers topics such as weather and climate, global warming, phenology and biodiversity. Participants will gain access to two activities from our new Climate, Water and Resilience educator guide, as well as Project WILD climate activities and NWF resources. Visit our climate education page to learn what else we have in store for the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.  CLICK HERE

Home and Telecommuting Resources

Parents and teachers, check this page weekly to access free and discounted tools for all school subjects.  CLICK HERE

Download Free At-Home Learning Resources

Project WET has made several of its award-winning activities available free of charge to parents and educators during this time to ensure everyone has resources to continue our children's education.  CLICK HERE

DiscoverWater.org

These online games are designed for use by children ages 7-12 and for educators and parents of this age group. Although targeted for tweens, learners of all ages enjoy DiscoverWater.org!  CLICK HERE

Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide 2.0 Online Training

Unable to attend an in-person Project WET workshop to get certified in the Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide 2.0? No problem! We offer an online certification. Work with your local Project WET Coordinator to take this training.  CLICK HERE

 

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Conservation Education from Project WILD

Conservation Education from Project WILD from Ohio Department of Natural Resources and Division of Wildlife  CLICK HERE

Teaching with i-Tree from Project Learning Tree

Project Learning Tree’s Teaching with i-Tree unit includes three hands-on activities that help middle and high school students discover and analyze the many ecosystem services that trees provide. Students input data they collect into a free online tool that calculates the dollar value of the benefits provided by a tree, or a set of trees.  CLICK HERE

Activities for Families from Project Learning Tree

Nature is a great teacher!  Try these activity ideas from Project Learning Tree to connect the children in your life to the outdoors and nature. Suitable for children ages 3 – 15, some activities work better for younger children, others are more suited for older children. The way you present them will change depending on your child’s knowledge and ability.  CLICK HERE

Earth Day 2020 from Project Learning Tree

Earth Day 2020 from Project Learning Tree  CLICK HERE

EducationProjects.org

EducationProjects.org is a one stop for many natural resources links (Soil, Water, Agriculture, Careers, Oil & Gas, and more) and partnerships.  CLICK HERE

For more ideas, as well as other engaging content, please visit our teacher page at EducationProjects.org and see the resources available from each of our education partners. Feel free to reach out to us if you need help connecting to virtual resources! We hope these resources will help you continue to provide excellent educational experiences for your students. CLICK FOR TEACHER PAGE

Quick links to: 

https://grownextgen.org/collections/virtual-classroom

https://ohiocorneducation.org/news/virtual-classroom

https://nourishthefuture.org/virtual

https://www.oogeep.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/OOGEEP-Geology-Curriculum-Virtual-Lessons.pdf

From Russell Tree Experts

Looking for a fun time at home? Try our new Connect the Dots, Color, and Learn activities! Great for kids and adults who are looking for an entertaining and educational time at home. Share your creations by tagging us on Facebook and Instagram!  CLICK HERE

FindingNature.org with Children & Nature Network 

Launch FindingNature.org to share resources and ideas for connecting to the natural world during the COVID-19 pandemic.  CLICK HERE

Kick off our FindingNature webinar series: More than 600 people from 25 countries attended our first 2-session webinar with C&NN co-founder Richard Louv and executive director Sarah Milligan-Toffler.  CLICK HERE

National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) 

Celebrate National Environmental Education Week with videos and resources.  CLICK HERE

This list of resources includes selected NEEF toolkits and activity guides that require minimal outdoor time. Visit our Environmental Education Resources page for the full list of activities, infographics, and educator resources.  Please note that we will be updating this page regularly with new resources and activities. Please check back weekly to view updated resources!   CLICK HERE

Find more resources from NEEF at Environmental Education at Home  CLICK HERE

Children and Nature Network (by Richard Louv)

10 Nature Activities to Help Get Your Family Through the Coronavirus Pandemic   CLICK HERE

 

STEM:  Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics

COSI Connects - COSI's Digital Doorway

COSI may be closed, but we are open for fun and engaging science through COSI Connects - COSI's Digital Doorway for at-home science discovery and learning.  Every day, we're going to deliver fresh, exciting and engaging science through COSI videos and hands-on activities you can try at home.   CLICK HERE

Visit cosi.org/cosiconnects for your daily science activity. We look forward to sharing science with you!   CLICK HERE

National Geographic

Resources for Geography, Earth Science, Biology, Social Studies, Arts and Music, Anthropology, Conservation, Engineering, Experiential Learning, English Language Arts, Storytelling, Physics, Mathematics, Religion, Chemistry, and Professional Learning Available at:  https://www.nationalgeographic.org/education/classroom-resources/   CLICK HERE

CK-12

Free Online Textbooks, Flashcards, Adaptive Practice, Real World Examples, Simulations in Science, Math, Social Studies, and Photography   CLICK HERE

Bozeman Science

For science videos about Earth Science, Chemistry, and more.  CLICK HERE 

The Wonder of Science

Discover PHENOMENA

A phenomenon is an observable event.  In the science classroom a carefully chosen phenomenon can drive student inquiry.    CLICK HERE

Discover RESOURCES

Student inquiry is best understood through the science practices and crosscutting concepts.  Poster and cards are included.   CLICK HERE

All material on thewonderofscience.com is and will continue to be free. 

TeacherGeek

TeacherGeek is dedicated to inspiring and empowering the innovators of tomorrow. The Teachergeek build system allows you to create almost anything mechanical. Make it your way incorporating found/recycling bin materials. Experiment and play, then revise and re-engineer. –The TeacherGeek system allows for true engineering and innovation.  CLICK HERE

Get 50% off Single Activity Packs at TeacherGeek.com,   CLICK HERE

VidCode

Vidcode offers the #1 research-backed standards-aligned computer science courses, focused on open-ended projects. Vidcode courses teach computer science, object oriented programming, web programming, design, & JavaScript.  CLICK HERE

If your school or district is planning a closure for health-related reasons, please submit this form to get access to Vidcode’s full computer science curriculum and coding platform at no cost. Vidcode is free online for the rest of this school year or until schools reopen. CLICK FOR OFFER

Tyto Online 

We know many districts are asking teachers to prepare for remote teaching with very little notice, and teachers are scrambling for activities that are going to engage students remotely and provide good experiences for stressed-out students.  CLICK HERE

We can help as a product with an active, hands-on pedagogy that can be used fully digitally. Also, most of our supplemental activities will translate easily with Google Drive documents instead of printing. We’ll be getting another blog post up in the next couple of days with advice on the best ways to use Tyto Online when you’re remote.

Tyto Online is available free through the rest of the school year due to COVID-19.   CLICK FOR OFFER

Tyto Online also has a NGSS Microgrant application open for showcase sites for the next school year. CLICK TO LEARN MORE

PocketLab 

PocketLab Voyager, PocketLab Weather, and PocketLab One connect with a single button to a smartphone, tablet, Chromebook, or computer and instantly stream data that you can see and record. PocketLab has the same features as lab equipment that costs thousands of dollars but is low cost and intuitive to use. CLICK HERE

Free access to PocketLab Notebook Pro for the rest of the school year:
Go to thepocketlab.com/app and click "LOGIN" to sign up for a regular account.
Once logged in click "CLASSES" and then "START FREE TRIAL" to instantly upgrade to a Pro account.

Green Ninja

Resources to Support Remote Learning
Below are some resources we’ve collected to help teachers with remote learning. Need something in a hurry - ask students to watch one of our Green Ninja Show videos and then have them answer some of the questions provided in the teacher guide. Looking for something to cover a few days, check out the lesson sequences we’ve provided. Looking for a culminating project to finish out the school year - use our lessons to help your students create science-inspired films and have them submit their films to our Green Ninja Film Festival. Good luck!   CLICK HERE

Click here for free resources.  CLICK HERE

Killer Snails

GAMES, DOWN TO A SCIENCE:  Killer Snails Creates Games that Inspire a Love of Science   CLICK HERE

Bio Dive is available for free through June 2020 CLICK FOR OFFER

ADI (Argument-Driven Inquiry)

Instructional materials for grades 3-12

Our instructional materials can be used to help students in grades 3 - 12 learn how to use the disciplinary core ideas and practices from science, mathematics, and engineering to better understand the world or to develop solutions to problems. These materials can be found in our books. Each of our books includes 10 - 30 investigations that are designed to be used in a specific grade band.   CLICK HERE

40% off Introduction to ADI online course for Elementary (3-5) or Secondary (6-12) with code: 40OFF at checkout  CLICK FOR OFFER

Amplify

We’re Amplify—a team of curriculum experts, engineers, and artists who develop innovative and nationally recognized reading, math, and science materials for grades K-12. We know it can be hard to sort through the many lists of possible resources to use with students at home—and to figure out which ones will truly advance learning during this unusual time.

To help educators and families, we’ve pulled from our top-rated programs to create a series of remote learning experiences that are high quality, easy to use at home, and totally free.   CLICK HERE

On this new website, you’ll have quick and easy access to quality academic resources—from self-guided science videos to early reading instruction to guidelines for starting a virtual book club. We’ll also update the site every week, so please don’t forget to check back. These resources will remain available to you until July 1.

Science K-8: More than 70 new teacher-led lesson videos have been added for each grade level, including Spanish lessons in Kindergarten and grade 6.
View K-5 lessons,  CLICK HERE
View 6-8 lessons,  CLICK HERE

EducationProjects.org 

For more ideas, as well as other engaging content, please visit our teacher page at EducationProjects.org and see the resources available from each of our education partners. Feel free to reach out to us if you need help connecting to virtual resources!   CLICK HERE  Teacher Page  CLICK HERE

We hope these resources will help you continue to provide excellent educational experiences for your students.

Quick links from EducationProjects.org:

https://www.oogeep.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/OOGEEP-STEM-Curriculum-Virtual-Lessons.pdf

 

READING & WRITING

Amplify

We’re Amplify—a team of curriculum experts, engineers, and artists who develop innovative and nationally recognized reading, math, and science materials for grades K-12. We know it can be hard to sort through the many lists of possible resources to use with students at home—and to figure out which ones will truly advance learning during this unusual time. To help educators and families, we’ve pulled from our top-rated programs to create a series of remote learning experiences that are high quality, easy to use at home, and totally free.

On this new website, you’ll have quick and easy access to quality academic resources—from self-guided science videos to early reading instruction to guidelines for starting a virtual book club. We’ll also update the site every week, so please don’t forget to check back. These resources will remain available to you until July 1CLICK HERE

We also continue to offer schools and districts free access to Amplify Reading, our personalized digital program.  CLICK HERE

Ohio Department of Education

Sign up for Free Books in Ohio with the Imagination Library!

The Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library is working to put more books in the hands of Ohio’s children and ensure that every student enters kindergarten ready to succeed. Imagination Library was started by country singer Dolly Parton and offers age-appropriate books to children from birth to age 5, regardless of parent income.

The Ohio Department of Education Office for Early Learning and School Readiness is encouraging all preschools, Head Start/Early Head Start programs, and childcare settings to share information about the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library and encourage families to enroll into the free monthly book program.  CLICK HERE

Ohio's Natural Heritage

Book available at OSU.edu as PDF   CLICK HERE

Abstract: Twenty-eight specialists invite the reader to survey in a single volume the whole of Ohio's natural environment. The geologic forces that shaped the state, the colorful plant and animal life of its forests, prairies, hills, lakes and streams, the first people in what is now Ohio--these are only a few of the features which are described. In each chapter a readable and nontechnical text is supplemented by maps, drawings and photographs, many of them in color. The result is a storehouse of solid information and an excellent reference book while its popular style and striking format make it an exquisite gift for anyone. For young students, it is a gateway to anthropology, geology, climatology, and the whole study of living things. For adults, it opens new worlds of interest. Ohio's Natural Heritage, particularly because of its wide range, the quality of its authorship, and the uniqueness of its approach, meets a long-standing need. Ohio's place in history has been achieved by the use of our rich natural endowment. Our forests, soils, minerals and energy resources, streams, climate, plants and animals have been the foundation upon which our great agricultural and industrial state has developed. This book will commemorate and interpret our great natural heritage for all to appreciate and understand.

Description: This publication was produced jointly by The Ohio Academy of Science and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

 

NEWSLETTERS, WEBINARS & MORE

Sign up to watch ScIC Virtual Unconference here:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf2QfLxxXkFcVolki4T4J6Wt9XC1r92IhFnr0ziF-ZLQ3uCYg/viewform or  CLICK HERE 

EducationProjects.org is all about teachers

EducationProjects.org is focused on empowering teachers, providing them with relevant training and tools to do their job. Our proven programs are well known throughout Ohio. By attending a workshop or joining our community, teachers become part of a network of educators that care deeply about connecting today’s marketplace to the classroom.  CLICK HERE

SECO Smore Newsletter

https://www.smore.com/6chx0-seco-update?ref=email or  CLICK HERE 

FREE PRINTING from STAPLES for OHIO TEACHERS

OHIO Families...To help Ohio families for which transition to on-line learning is not an option presently, ALL STAPLES Office Supplies Stores in Ohio are offering FREE printing of school packets. Retail stores are still open and families that are unable to print their school packets at home may come to the printing services area of the store and STAPLES has computers available where you may access the documents from your school district site and print it out at the store. Please contact your local STAPLES store for details and store hours. Here is a directory of STAPLES stores in Ohio to find the STAPLES store near you. CLICK HERE  THANK YOU STAPLES for supporting Ohio families!

NSTA Express-March 31, 2020 Newsletter

https://contentsharing.net/actions/email_web_version.cfm?ep=hZVzq0N-7EAl2ZvBzCbQpay6cwlFhUQdJn7VczkG82eT0QwcSU2XvG7KOhp1Irt_d6v8fe7dP1k9PpJm4W6ZBoHHVRCyEAq-z7R0M13N0Bl0-RQGJymxLVgldiN8JAWl  or CLICK HERE

Webinars and More Available at edWeb.net 

Learn more about our free platform and resources.  CLICK HERE

Free Online Events and Activities at Common Sense

Although schools, gyms, art classes, music lessons—and, seemingly, life as we know it—are canceled, families can keep entertained and keep learning with live events and activities online. We've compiled a list of activities ranging from drawing lessons to museum tours happening online. The best part? They're free. If you, like many of us parents here at Common Sense, are scrambling to find ways to keep your kids engaged with good media, check out our list!  CLICK HERE

Project Learning Tree 

Newsletter available at https://www.plt.org/newsletter/  or CLICK HERE

Water Environment Federation (WEF)

During this time of uncertainty, as we're all adjusting to personal and professional changes in our daily lives, the Water Environment Federation (WEF), remains committed to our mission of providing relevant resources and tools for water professionals across the globe. For a limited time we're offering 3-months of complimentary access to our suite of online resources to those new to the WEF community through the e-WEF Membership. This offer expires June 30, 2020.  CLICK HERE

Franklin SWCD “SWIFTLETS”

In an effort to get educational materials and activity ideas to teachers and parents (who may be finding themselves in a new and different kind of teacher role), our Environmental Education Team have created 'SWIFTLETS'. These mini SWIFT's will be sent out weekly, March-May to our educator e-newsletters contact list, and encouraged to be shared with parents. The SWIFTLETS will include soil/water information and learning activities related to a weekly theme that parents can immediately utilize at home. Activities will be aligned with Ohio’s New Learning Standards for Earth and Space Sciences and Life Sciences.

To view activities and coloring pages from previous weeks visit: www.franklinswcd.org/swiftlets or CLICK HERE

FSNatureLIVE

Distance learning adventures! Register, tune in, and experience the Forest Service's latest LIVE programs or access past adventures and join the nature action!- Live adventures take you to exciting places where you meet experts and educators. Previous adventures allow you to access full programs, searchable video segments and classroom resources anytime. For more information, CLICK HERE

Pickaway SWCD Digital Education Resources

http://www.pickawayswcd.org/digital-education-resources.html or CLICK HERE

Ohio Museums with Virtual Programming

https://www.ohiomuseums.org/Public/Blog_Posts/Ohio-Museums-with-Virtual-Programming.aspx  or CLICK HERE

Virtual Puzzles | Visit Belmont County

https://www.visitbelmontcounty.com/virtual-puzzles or CLICK HERE

Coronavirus.ohio.gov

Virtual Exhibits for Online Learning and Fun

https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/families-and-individuals/resources-for-parents-and-families/virtual-exhibits-online-learning-and-fun or CLICK HERE