In this listing we direct you towards a wonderful array of online lesson plans and student activities. Many of these sites are sponsored by the National Science Foundation, research laboratories or non-profit educational programs. You’ll find this list overlaps with the student section Websites for Tracking Data which suggests websites for identifying biota and submitting information students are collecting on their own.
Educational Resources for the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest
Virtual Lookout Creek Interpretive Trail
Lesson plans developed by students in the Environmental Leadership Program at the University of Oregon’s Environmental Studies Department complement the images and text of the Lookout Creek Trail shown in their website. The Seven Lessons Plan cover: Forest Structure, Tree Anatomy, Decomposition, Woody Debris in Streams, Creative expression in the forest, Disturbance in the Forest, and Non-Timber Forest Products.
Canopy Connections Documentary
Streaming video includes kids climbing trees and teachers and student interviews in the forest. Beautiful, extraordinary canopy visions of the forest.
Canopy Connections Lesson plans of activities associated with the tree climbing experience are posted: The Suspended Sit Spot, Home is Where the Forest Is, From Seed to Soil, Frolic in the Forest, and Sowing Seeds.
Schoolyard Longterm Ecological Research Program (LTER)
Provides extended activities from the NSF Long Term Ecological Research program. Ellie’s Log is part of its Childen’s Books series (http://schoolyard.lternet.edu/book_series)
A large data set comparing arthropods in Hubbard Brook Forest, Kansas grasslands, Sevilleta Bosque del Apache and Jornada (both in New Mexico) provides opportunities for comparisons and data exploration.
“Related Links” provides interesting relevant resources and programs in environmental science. “Educators” features a News column with current events.
Websites that complement Ellie's Log
Discover Life is an interactive encyclopedia about the taxonomy, natural history, distribution, abundance & ecology of species. Includes identification guides, maps.
IDnature Guides are easy-to-use identification tools using excellent photographs.
All Living Things is an encyclopedia with photographs and information about the full range of life on earth.
Ecolibrary is a good resource for images that can be emailed to you for free use in non-commercial applications. Ten categories of images, many of them from Africa and the tropics, include “ecosystems” and “change over time” that are particularly applicable to Ellie’s Log readers.
Journey North is a dynamic site that features global wildlife migrations and seasonal change. Citizen scientists track sunlight, plant, and particular animal changes with each season. Postings for each category are kept for the current season, with records for previous seasons also available. Maps track where postings have been made for particular days within the current season,
Its very extensive Teachers Section includes learning strategies, advice from participating teachers, a wide range of very complete background lesson plans, reading and writing connections, and student handouts.
Students post sightings for particular phenomena (e.g. sunlight) or animals in Journey North for Kids.
Extension Service Resources
Wildlife and Natural Resource Extension programs in your region are likely to have very useful materials. Those kind of resources in Oregon include:
4-H Wildlife Stewards features kits and lessons in several related areas: for example, Leaf Litter Search Kit, Mold Terrarium; Native Plant Flashcards; Bug Catcher; Bird Olympics; Forest Ecology Field Trip Kit; Tree Investigations Kit.
The Oregon Natural Resources Education Program (ONREP) is part of the Oregon State University College of Forestry, and also sponsored by the Oregon Forestry Resources Institute. This site provides links to Project Learning Tree, Project Wild and a number of teacher workshops they conduct each year. There is also a curriculum for Invasive Plants.