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Lesson Plans

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Snapshot Wisconsin lesson plans have been designed for students of all ages and are available freely to educators, whether or not they are hosting a trail camera! These lessons are a great way to incorporate exciting concepts about Wisconsin wildlife into your classroom, all while meeting Wisconsin Standards for Science.

Do you have ideas for lesson plans or how to integrate Snapshot Wisconsin into classrooms? We want to hear about it! We are actively generating new lesson plans to reach across more subject areas, including math and English. Submit ideas or lesson plans to the Snapshot Wisconsin team.

Grades K-5

Animal alphabet

A slideshow showcasing Wisconsin wildlife themes for every letter of the alphabet (example questions and animal call sound bites included).

Educator handout [PDF] Slideshow [Powerpoint]

Wildlife detectives

Students use a series of sounds, patterns and tracks to solve “mystery scenes” of Wisconsin wildlife.

Educator handout [PDF] Animal track cutouts [PDF]
Student badges [PDF] Slideshow [Powerpoint]

Colorful critters

An interactive slideshow where students infer the life history of Wisconsin critters using the colors and pattern of their coats.

Handout [PDF] Slideshow [Powerpoint]

Schoolyard stewards

Students explore the human impacts that their own school yard is experiencing from air, soil and water pollution.

Educator handout [PDF] Student handout [PDF]

Snap-a-thon

A friendly competition for all ages where individuals or teams compete to classify as many species on Zooniverse as possible within a timeframe.

Running a Snap-a-Thon Instructions [PDF] Species Checklist [PDF]

Grades 6-8

Creating chains and webs to model ecological relationships

Students identify local producers and consumers to generate food webs using a series of “Snapshot Cards.”

Cards [PDF] Educator handout [PDF]
Handout [PDF]

Making observations

Students use a series of Snapshot Wisconsin photos to make observations about animal behavior across time and space.

Educator handout [PDF] Student handout [PDF]
Ecoregion Appendix [PDF] Research scientist observations [PDF]
Slideshow [Powerpoint]

Schoolyard stewards

Students explore the human impacts that their own school yard is experiencing from air, soil and water pollution.

Educator handout [PDF] Student handout [PDF]

Trophic cascades

Using a series of habitat and animal cards, students replicate local and global food chains to discuss the impact of trophic cascades.

Educator handout [PDF] Habitat cards [PDF]
Organism cards [PDF]

Snap-a-thon

A friendly competition for all ages where individuals or teams compete to classify as many species on Zooniverse as possible within a timeframe.

Running a Snap-a-Thon Instructions [PDF] Species Checklist [PDF]

Grades 9-12

Creating chains and webs to model ecological relationships

Students identify local producers and consumers to generate food webs using a series of “Snapshot Cards.”

Cards [PDF] Educator handout [PDF]
Handout [PDF]

Trophic cascades

Using a series of habitat and animal cards, students replicate local and global food chains to discuss the impact of trophic cascades.

Educator handout [PDF] Habitat cards [PDF]
Organism cards [PDF]

Wisconsin critter count

Students learn about how the WDNR monitors otters, and use a model to replicate sample versus total counts of populations.

Educator handout [PDF] Student handout [PDF]
Otter fact sheet [PDF] Landscape [PDF]

Measuring biodiversity

Students manipulate real Snapshot Wisconsin data to measure different biodiversity indices and compare across ecoregions.

Educator handout [PDF] Student handout [PDF]
Ecoregion appendix [PDF] Google sheets tutorial [PDF]
Excel instructions [PDF] Excel Database [Excel]

Snap-a-thon

A friendly competition for all ages where individuals or teams compete to classify as many species on Zooniverse as possible within a timeframe.

Running a Snap-a-Thon Instructions [PDF] Species Checklist [PDF]

Flashcards

Print and cutout these Snapshot Wisconsin flashcards to test your wildlife identification skills. Sheets are formatted to be printed both sided.

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Last revised: Wednesday August 15 2018