Forty classroom-ready science teaching and learning activities for elementary and middle school teachersGrounded in theory and best-practices research, this practical text provides elementary and middle school teachers with 40 place-based activities that will help them to make science learning relevant to their students. This text provides teachers with both a rationale and a set of strategies and activities for teaching science in a local context to help students engage with science learning and come to understand the importance of science in their everyday lives.

Wildlife Census in a Neighborhood Park
Wildlife census in a neighborhood park

Science Background

What animals are the most common in your neighborhood? Which ones do you see most often? Are there other animals that are common but are rarely seen? Every neighborhood, whether rural, suburban, or urban, has wildlife living there. Some wildlife is more obvious and some is less obvious. Some wildlife is present year round and other animals are more seasonal in when they appear.

Conducting a wildlife census is an important part of monitoring the health of an environment. When environments or ecosystems change as a result of human development, climate change, or other factors, this is likely to impact local wildlife, often in negative ways. However, there are a number of challenges in ...

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