Wild at Schools were free, in-school programs tailored to meet curriculum requirements. Program were presented by staff or trained volunteers, but at this time, the program now consists of online lesson plans and resources. Lessons target elementary students (grades K-5) but will be expanded for middle and high schools. Adapted from Project WILD and Flying WILD activities, each program aims to increase student’s understanding and awareness of wildlife through hands-on activities. The programs were created specifically to meet Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) by covering core content and encouraging critical thinking.
WILD at Schools programs have been developed using the latest knowledge and data from Wildlife and Heritage Service biologists and educators. The programs also have been evaluated and improved by Maryland teachers. Additional reasons to use WILD at Schools include:
Each program has a suggested minimum and maximum class size. The time required is dependent on whether the optional outdoor exploration component is included.
Eat Like a Bear (Grades K-2, 15-40 students)Mimic how black bears forage for food and discover what bears in Maryland eat, how they are adapted to survive winter and their habitat requirements. Grades 1-2 will also consider how to avoid bear/human conflicts. This activity is based, in part, off of Lunch for a Bear in the Growing Up WILD curriculum supplement. For information on Growing Up Wild, please visit the web link or contact the state coordinator: Kerry Wixted at firstname.lastname@example.org. (45-60 minutes).
Bee at Home (Grades K, 1 & 3, 15-30 students)Discover how bees find food and survive and model bee nest building to learn about their lifecycle. Using knowledge of habitat needs, students will investigate if their schoolyard would provide a good home for a bee. Grade 3 will also compare social (group-forming) and solitary bees. (45-60 minutes).
Busy Bees (Grades 2-3, 15-35 students)Examine the interdependent relationship between Maryland’s native bees and flowers. Actively simulate pollination and when possible, observe real flowers within the schoolyard. Grade 3 will also compare social (group-forming) and solitary bees. Part of this activity is from the Busy Bees, Busy Blooms lesson in the Project WILD curriculum supplement. For information on Project Wild, please visit the web link or contact the state coordinator: Kerry Wixted at email@example.com. (50-60 minutes).
Build the Best Nest (Grades 1-5, 15-40 students)Learn why, where, when and how birds build nests and participate in a STEM challenge where student teams build the best nest they can. (60 minutes).
Turtle Troubles (Grades 3-5, 15-35 students)Examine the largest and smallest turtles found in Maryland and the threats they face. Compare the life cycle of a land and a sea turtle, then explore different scenarios turtles face to survive through hands on activities before students suggest actions to take to help turtles. (60 minutes).
Thank you for your interest in WILD at Schools. Unfortunately, this program will no longer will be offered after February 2019. We will include electronic lesson plans and downloadable resources on this page in the future. If you have any questions, please contact Kerry Wixted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information on Project Wild or Growing Up Wild programs, please visit the web link or contact the state coordinator: Kerry Wixted at email@example.com.
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