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Animals and Science in the Classroom

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Animal Activities for the Classroom
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Animal Related Career Summer Intensive

The summer is always a hectic time of the year, especially for students!  There are numerous educational opportunities for students to partake in over the summer.  This summer we had our second Animal Related Career Summer Intensive for high school students.  Take a look at what we did...

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Alternatives to dissection

Animal and plant dissection are school lessons that have been integrated into biology and life science classrooms for many years.  There are times when students or teachers don't like the idea of dissecting an organism that was once living for educational purposes.  If you fit that category and would like other options, but don't know where to turn I give three great alternatives below. ...

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Mammal trunks

Did you know that you can obtain an Illinois wildlife mammal resources trunk at no charge for at least two weeks to use in your classroom.  The trunks usually include animal pelts, skulls, tracks and books to show to your students.  They are fun to use and the students are always interested in learning more.   In addition the Univerisity of Illinois Extension can bring a similar trunk out to yo...

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Giving thanks for our pets

With the Thanksgiving holiday right around the corner we often prepare our homes for friends and family, begin preparing meals or take off for a much needed vacation. However you spend your holiday, don't forget to plan for your pets and animals that live in the classroom. Make sure that animals are not left in the classroom over the holidays. It is best if one person (preferably...

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Leafy Animals

Ages 4-8 Weather you hate to see summer go or not the inevitable has happened and fall is upon us.  With the change in weather comes a change of all things around us including trees.  You can use the leaves that fall from the trees for a lot more than making piles, why not make animals!  Materials needed: Thick paper (cardboard or paper plat...

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Ebola Virus Disease and pets

Although there have only been a fewcases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) formerlyknown as Ebola hemorrhagic feverin the United States we remain on red alert when it comes to the disease. While the virus was thought to initially be transmitted byfruit bats (the natural Ebola virus hosts) it has also been found inother animals such as chimpanzees, gorillas, monkeys, forest antelope, porcupines and d...

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4-H Companion Animal Photo and Video Contest

The Companion Animal Community of Practice is pleased to announce 4-H photo and video contest. These contests provide a venue for 4-H members across the nation to express their love of companion animals and demonstrate their photography and video skills. Eligibility: Contest is open to all 4-H and non-4-H youth ages 8-18 years of age as of January 1,...

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Animal Adaptation Professional Development

Every wonder what the big difference is between mimicry and camouflage?  Want to find out what a skittledopper is? Do you just have to know why sharks store oil in their livers?  These are just some of the many questions answered in the Animal Adaptation Teacher Professional Development workshop that took place this summer. Teachers were given information and books that focused on the application...

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Sensory Bins

Science proves that at a very young age children begin to touch things to learn about them.  Sensory bins are a great way for toddlers and some older children to learn more about the world around them through the use of their senses.  The bins can provide tactile interaction, visual stimulation and even smell.  Sensory bins are containers of any size that usually has one base item such as sand, bi...

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Teaching outside the box!

This summer we have incorporated many new educational opportunities for teachers in our professional development series! One workshop added to the annual repertoire was teaching outside the box. Educators were able to venture outside to discover new ways of developing lesson plans that will allow their students to work beyond the walls of a classroom. They were exposed to various methods of ani...

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Animals and the NGSS

With the expected adoption of the next generation science standards by Illinois, educators and parents alike are eagerly searching for opportunities to learn more about them. The standards are based on the National Research Council's 'Framework for K-12 Science Education' and one of the overarching goals of the framework is to "ensure that by the end of 12 th grade, all students' have...

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