Wildlife Week Curriculum Ideas

Nebraska Rivers is the theme of Wildlife Week Nebraska 2017.

Here are some curriculum ideas teachers can use to help their students understand the important role played by our rivers.

Rivers Then and Now. Ask your students to interview the oldest relative or family friend they can, someone who grew up in the area. Ask them what the creeks and rivers in the area were like when they grew up, what fish and wildlife lived in the rivers, and how they were used by the community. Capture this living history in a video to save it for future generations, then ask your students to assess how your local river has changed since then.

Trout in the Classroom and Fishing in Nebraska Schools are just two of the aquatic education programs offered to Nebraska schools by the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission. Learn about them on the Game & Parks web site here: http://outdoornebraska.gov/aquaticeducation/

Go With the Flow. A National Wildlife Federation curriculum packet that helps students understand and map a watershed and understand the pollution that can end up in our rivers. Download it here: NWFGoWithTheFlow2011

The Water Cycle. A national Wildlife Federation curriculum packet that helps students understand how water cycles from the oceans and rivers to the air, land, and back to our rivers. Download it here: NWFWaterCycle2011

Water, Water Everywhere. A National Wildlife Federation curriculum packet that helps students understand how much (or little) of our planet’s water is available to people for their needs. Download it here: NWFWaterWaterEverywhere