Learning from home
Learning never ends, even during the breaks.
For all the parents and teachers who were looking for free resources to keep their students and children engaged when not in school, the Arizona Game and Fish Department has compiled a collection of free resources that can be accessed by anyone at anytime.
In addition, we have put together resources specific to those teachers who might be using their break to plan new units or just want to learn more about wildlife and how to bring it into their classroom. We have archived and live web-based trainings, lesson ideas and even grant opportunities that can provide small amounts of money to implement wildlife education activities.
To learn more about these resources and more, check out the links below.
The resources below are some education activities that parents or teachers can provide to their students that can be done anytime and anywhere. Some can be printed out (or offered as a digital download), while others can be viewed directly online.
WILDLIFE SCIENCE @ HOME
These short activities using common household materials allow students to carry out wildlife-related science experiments and projects at their home. Each activity includes a two page instruction document for the student and one page of teaching tips to help the parent or educator guide the student successfully through the activity.
DIGITAL LEARNING ACTIVITIES
Recently, we took some of our paper-based student activities and converted them to digital activities. These activities use Google forms to create an interactive learning tool that can supplement instruction in a variety of topics. They can be accessed anywhere, as long as the student has Internet. Check out our Digital Learning Activities page to access.
ARTICLES AND OTHER READING RESOURCES
We have put together collections of wildlife articles that will help children develop nonfiction reading comprehension skills. All articles include text dependent questions and many are set to a variety of lexile levels. Check out our Reading Wild page to download these resources.
EDUCATIONAL YOUTUBE VIDEOS
The Department has an extensive YouTube channel with videos on numerous wildlife and recreation topics. Our educators have perused these videos and compiled a database of classroom-friendly videos complete with comprehension questions. To view these resources, check out our curated video library.
LIVE OWL WEB CAM
The Department hosts a live streaming web cam on a great horned owl's nest. Currently, the female owl is sitting on her eggs and we expect them to hatch soon. You can view the web cam and follow this living journey. At the same time, we encourage students to learn about owl behavior with ethograms, data charts that allow people to see animal behavior over time. See below for more information about ethograms provided by some other organizations.
FROM OTHER ORGANIZATIONS
Some of our partners have great activities and curriculum available as well. We didn't want to leave them out.
- Ask a Biologist (ASU)
- CondorKids (USFWS/Santa Barbara Zoo)
- An Incredible Journey (NOAA Fisheries)
- Junior Ranger (National Park Service)
- Learning Menus (Council of State Science Supervisors)
- Life Science Lesson (TedEd)
- March Mammal Madness
- National Park Virtual Tours (Google Earth)
- Nature and Conservation Story Maps (ESRI)
- Science and Nature Activities for Cooped Up Kids (The Cornell Lab)
- Stuck at Home (Ranger Rick)
- Wildlife Talks (TedTalks)
The resources below are designed specifically for educators who want help with planning or training.
We are regularly offering live, interactive webinars where you can earn professional development credit from the comfort of your home. Programs last approximately an hour. All you need is a computer with an Internet connection with audio capabilities.
The complete list of webinars is included below. To register for any of these programs, please visit https://bit.ly/AZGFDEducatorWebinarRegistration.
WILDLIFE WEDNESDAYS (Wednesday Afternoons)
- Remarkable Reptiles, July 15, 2pm
TEACHING RESOURCES FOR REMOTE INSTRUCTION (Tuesday Evenings)
- Using Live Webcams to Study Animal Behavior, July 14, 7pm
- Citizen Science: The Digital Classroom Gets Outside, July 21, 7pm
- AZGFD Learning from Home Resources, July 28, 7pm
ON-DEMAND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Did you know that we have a collection of recorded presentations designed specifically for educators? You can watch these videos on your own time to get classroom-ready ideas on a variety of wildlife topics. Visit our On-Demand PD page for more information.
Did you know that the Department offers educators the opportunity to get up to $2000 for their classroom to teach about wildlife concepts? The application is online and relatively easy to complete. Spend a little bit of time planning the activity and see if you can get some funding. Check out the K-12 small grant program page. But hurry: the next deadline is May 1!