Lesson Plans and Activities

 

For Kids of All Ages

 

New for 2022! Update North Carolina Wild Places: A Closer Look

 

NC Wildlife Wild Notebook Articles

 

Wildlife Identification Resources
 

Common Salamanders of Western North Carolina ID Chart

Lungless Salamanders of Western North  Carolina Flow Chart

Common Macroinvertebrates of the Southern Appalachian Streams

New for 2022! Salamander Flash Cards

New for 2022! Salamander Poster


Grades: K-2

Life Cycles 
 

Wet & Wild Life Cycles Lesson plan; freshwater mussels, striped bass, dragonflies

 

Aquatic Life Cycles Powerpoint - Resource for 'Wet & Wild Life Cycles' lesson plan

 

Mussel Videos Excellent short videos to go with 'Wet & Wild Life Cycles'; click link and scroll to 'Mussel Videos' category; video categories are listed alphabetically


Grades: 4-8 

Magnificent Mammals - Adaptations & Identification Grades: 4-6
 

Magnificent Mammals Lesson/activity plan

 

Magnificent Mammals Reference; skulls/furs with animal photos and species profile links

 

Magnificent Mammals Reference; skull diagrams/fur info; no animal photos

 

Identifying Mammal Skulls PowerPoint Reference

 

Eastern Box Turtle: North Carolina's State Reptile - Math/Science Grades: 5-8
 

Carapace Capers: Collecting & Analyzing Turtle Shell Data Lesson/activity plan (Math/Science)

 

Box Turtle Carapace Photos To be used with Carapace Capers lesson/activity

 

Gems of the Forest Video (Coming Soon) Background for Carapace Capers lesson/activity

 

How to Measure Turtle Shells Video; reference for Carapace Capers lesson/activity   


Grades:  Middle/High School

Wildlife Populations
Resources in this section are best suited for: Biology, FFA - Natural Resources curriculum,  AP Environmental Science and Math.  
 

Deer 
 

It's 9p....Where are your Wild Animals? Deer Population Estimation lesson/activity


Smile - You're on Camera PowerPoint for Deer Population Estimation lesson - It's 9p...Where are your Wild Animals?  

Wild Turkey

Let's Talk Turkey - Eastern Wild Turkey Populations/Management Lesson/Activity (Teacher copy)
 

Let's Talk Turkey - Scenarios Activity Student copy
 

Let's Talk Turkey - Predator Reading Student copy


Let's Talk Turkey - Habitat/Habits/Population Reading Student copy


Let's Talk Turkey - Forest Habitat and Food Type Reading Student copy


Turkey 101 (5:35 min) Short video on the biology and management of Eastern Wild Turkeys in NC  March 2019

 

Mourning Dove
 

Dove Population Estimation - Lesson Plan

 

Dove Decoy - Marked. Unmarked. Images. Info

Field staff and two students perform wildlife observations