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Once you are certified in Project WILD (by attending a training that you can register for on the website linked above) you receive a fantastic telephone-book sized Curriculum Guide that is jam packed with life science lessons and activities that span PreK to 12th grade. There is an index by topic for quick reference. The lesson plans are so detailed and yet easy to read - they are organized with a clear objective, method, materials needed, background and procedure along with extensions, if needed. Every lesson has a little box detailing grade level, duration, group size and settings. There is really, something in there for everyone. I have used Project WILD as a part of a larger life science unit, along with the life science kits and sometimes, as a stand alone lesson for Earth Day.
One of the more popular and well known Project WILD activities is one called "Oh, Deer." I have always had great success with this game and especially the graphing extension! The kiddos really like it and it's a very visual and tangible demonstration of the cycle of habitat. (For the record, I'm almost always FOOD.)
Here are the directions. Now that the weather is nicer, it might be time for a little Oh, Deer!
- Should become intrinsic over time (natural consequences with positive behavior)
- Works best when it’s not “if you do this, then you get that”
- Is feedback, information, and praise, if it’s genuine
- Should reward effort and growth
- Can be a look, a smile, a touch on the shoulder, or a word
- Can increase a desired behavior or decrease an undesired one
- Can be from one student or many students to another
- Should be genuine, specific, and descriptive