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Minnesota Conservation Volunteer Kits

Minnesota Volunteer Teaching Activities

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources provides activies that can be downloaded and used in the classroom. Areas covered are: foreests; geology, soil, mining; plants; prairies; wildfire; field trip ideas; outdoor classrooms; and school forests.

Minnesota's Natural Resources

This website by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources provides pictures and facts about nature; animals; ecological classification system; plants; native plant communities; rocks and minerals; endangered species; invasive species; climate; forests; prairies; and water.

Education & Safety Training

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources provides information on safety for hunters; recreational vehicle; boat and water, and ice as well as natural resources education.

 

Minnesota Conservation Volunteer Kits

Each issue of the Minnesota Conservation Volunteer magazine provides a teacher's guide for an article in the issue for Young Naturalists. The Young Naturalist subject index provides a teacher's guide if an apple is next to the title. The UMD library receives booklets and the teacher's guide. This are put into a kit to be used by educators. Listed below are the kits and the subject for each kit as well as links to the online resource. Description is taken from the teacher's guide. The Volunteer Index allows you to search by full text, title or author.

Minnesota Conservation Volunteer. Teaching Materials Collection TSK 636 V.66 No. 391 Nov/Dec, 2003.

"Wired Life" describes how a variety of animals, from turtles to migratory birds, are equipped with transmitters to monitor their locations. Telemetry, "remotely sending signals over a distance," is illustrated through real-life examples. (Includes 15 booklets plus teacher guide for upper elementary through middle school).
Full-color PDF of "Wired Life" and  PDF Teachers guide for "Wired Life"

Minnesota Conservation Volunteer. Teaching Materials Collection TSK 636 V.67 No. 392 Jan/Feb., 2004

"The Nature of Feathers" offers's a detailed description of the structure of birds' feathers, how feathers are formed, types and functions of six different feathers, how feathers are colored, and how birds replace and care for their feathers. (Includes 15 booklets plus teacher guide for upper elementary through middle school).
Full-color PDF of "The Nature of Feathers" and  PDF Teachers guide for "The Nature of Feathers"

Minnesota Conservation Volunteer. Teaching Materials Collection TSK 636 V.66 No. 393 Mar./Apr., 2004

"Special Delivery" takes readers inside the egg, where the embryos of most animals on earth are developed. Characteristics of eggs and egg production are described across a variety of phyla, including insects, invertebrates (snails, spiders, crayfish, clams, and nightcrawlers), amphibians, fish, reptiles, and birds. (Includes 15 booklets plus teacher guide for upper elementary through high school).
Full-color PDF of "Special Delivery" and  PDF Teachers guide for "Special Delivery"

Minnesota Conservation Volunteer. Teaching Materials Collection TSK 636 V.66 No. 394 May/June, 2004.

"Let's Go Canoeing!" gives the reader an easy-to-read introduction to the sport of canoeing. Good places to go canoeing, the right equipment, and some basic canoeing skills are described. (Includes 15 booklets plus teacher guide to 3rd througth middle school).
Full-color PDF of "Let's Go Canoeing!" and  PDF Teachers guide for "Let's Go Canoeing!"

Minnesota Conservation Volunteer. Teaching Materials Collection TSK 636 V.67 No. 395 Jul./Aug, 2004.

"Buggy Sounds of Summer" introduces readers to crickets, katydids, and ciadas, three insects that make sounds with specialized body parts. (Includes 15 booklets plus teacher guide for 5th through 8th grade).  
Full-color PDF of "Buggy Sounds of Summer" and  PDF Teachers guide for "Buggy Sounds of Summer"

Minnesota Conservation Volunteer. Teaching Materials Collection TSK 636 V.66 No. 396 Sep./Oct., 2004.

In "Gallery of Game" young hunters, photographers, and wildlife watchers will learn hints for finding five of Minnesota's most popular game animals: white-tailed deer, eastern cottontail rabbits, eastern gray squirrels, mallard ducks, and ring-necked pheasants. Each animal is dexcribed in terms of habitat, diet, activity patterns, tracks and signs, and defensive behaviors. (Includes 15 booklets plus teacher guide for 4th through 8th grade).
Full-color PDF of "Gallery of Game" and  PDF Teachers guide for "Gallery of Game"

Minnesota Conservation Volunteer. Teaching Materials Collection TSK 636 V.67 No. 397 Nov/Dec, 2004.

"Let's Go Snowshoeing!" introduces young readers to a popular winter outdoor activity. Topics include: a brief history of snowshoes, a snowshoeing hike with a naturalist in a state park, some basic techniques for getting started, stydles of traditional and modern snowshoes, proper clothing and safety precautions. (Includes 15 booklets plus teacher guide). 
Full-color PDF of "Let's Go Snowshoeing" and  PDF Teachers guide for "Let's Go Snowshoeing"

Minnesota Conservation Volunteer. Teaching Materials Collection TSK 636 V.68 No. 398 Jan.-Feb., 2005.

"Let's Go Ice Fishing!" introduces young readers to a popular winter outdoor activity. Topics include: ice-fishing gear, bait, suggestions for getting started, fish species, types of ice-fishing shelters, proper clothing, dark-house spearing, ice-fishing events, and safety precautions. (Includes 15 booklets plus teacher guide for 3rd through middle grades). 
Full-color PDF of "Let's Go Ice Fishing!" and  PDF Teachers guide for "Let's Go Ice Fishing!"

Minnesota Conservation Volunteer. Teaching Materials Collection TSK 636 V.68 No. 399 March/April, 2005.

"The Parenting Game" describes the parenting strategies of a variety of mammals, birds, insects, reptiles, and amphibians, including the black bear, duck, stinkbug, and painted turtle. The importance of habitat as shelter and protection from predators links tis article to other important environmental issues, such as wetlands preservation, prairie restoration, and shoreland protection. (Includes 15 booklets plus teacher guide for upper elementary through middle school). 
Full-color PDF of "The Parenting Game" and  PDF Teachers guide for "The Parenting Game"

Minnesota Conservation Volunteer. Teaching Materials Collection TSK 636 V.68 No. 400 May/June, 2005.

"Let's Go Camping!" introduces the reader to the basics of camping, including slecting equipment, pitching a tent and staying dry, building a fire, cooking, camping opportunities in Minnesota, and following envioronmentally responsible camping ethics. (Includes 15 booklets plus teacher guide for 3rd through middle grades).   Full-color PDF of "Let's Go Camping!" and  PDF Teachers guide for "Let's Go Camping!"

Minnesota Conservation Volunteer. Teaching Materials Collection TSK 636 V.68 No. 401 July-August, 2005.

"The Wonder of Water" provides excellent fundamental science information about the most basic necessity of life, water. Topics include molecular structure, phases, the water cycle, cohesion, adhesion, capillalry action, surface tension, density, heat capacity, and solvency. (Includes 15 booklets plus teacher guide for 3rd through middle school). 
Full-color PDF of "The Wonder of Water" and  PDF Teachers guide for "The Wonder of Water"

Minnesota Conservation Volunteer. Teaching Materials Collection TSK 636 V.68 No.402 September-October, 2005.

"Wild Vision" introduces young readers to one of the five senses across the animal kingdom, form protozoa to large vertebrates. Topics include: pigmentation, simple and compound eytes, stereoscopic vision, ultraviolet and polarized light, and the anatomy of the eye. (Includes 15 booklets plus teacher guide for intermediate through middle grades). 
Full-color PDF of "Wild Vision" and  PDF Teachers guide for "Wild Vision"  

Minnesota Conservation Volunteer. Teaching Materials Collection TSK 636 V.68 No. 403 November/December, 2005.

George and the Voyageurs” introduces young readers to the fur trade, a sweeping, centuries-long economic initiative that played a central role in the European exploration and settlement of the North American continent—and in relations between traders of European origin and indigenous peoples of North America. Topics include an overview of the fur trade, the important fur post at Grand Portage in northeastern Minnesota, the complex logistics of the trade, and the work of the voyageurs responsible for moving furs and supplies. This article presents many connections to academic standards across several disciplines and grade levels. (Includes 15 booklets plus teacher guide for 3rd grade through middle grades).
Full-color PDF of "George and the Voyageurs" and  PDF Teachers guide for "George and the Voyageurs"

Minnesota Conservation Volunteer. Teaching Materials Collection TSK 636 V.69 No. 404 January-February, 2006

"Lichens: Two Lives in One" describes one of nature's true partnerships, the foramtion of lichens by lagae and fungi. (Includes 15 booklets plus teacher guide for middle through high chool).  
Full-color PDF of "Lichens: Two Lives in One" and  PDF Teachers guide for "Lichens: Two Lives in One" 

Minnesota Conservation Volunteer. Teaching Materials Collection TSK 636 V.69 No. 405 March-April, 2006

"The Hole Story" introduces the reader to cavity-nesting birds of Minnesosta. Students will learn about primary and secondary nesters, including where and how they make their nests, raise their young, and protect themselves and their young from predators. The story concludes with a plea to save critical habitat for cavity nesters as well as resources that enable students to build nest boxes in their back yards. (15 booklets plus teacher guide for mid-elementary through 8th grade).  Full-color PDF of "The Hole Story" and  PDF Teachers guide for "The Hole Story"

Minnesota Conservation Volunteer. Teaching Materials Collection TSK 636 V.69 No. 406 May-June, 2006

"Look Down in the Woods" catalogs 10 common plants found in Minnesota's forests. Readers learn the common and scientific names, habitat requirements, and physical characteristics of each species, as well as which ones provide food for animals and people. Accompanying photos provide an excellent field guide. (15 booklets plus teacher guide for mid-emelemntary through 8th grade).
Full-color PDF of "Look Down in the Woods" and  PDF Teachers guide for "Look Down in the Woods"

Minnesota Conservation Volunteer. Teaching Materials Collection TSK 636 V.69 No. 407 July-Augsut, 2006

Let’s Outfit a Tackle Box” introduces young anglers to the basics of outfitting a first tackle box. After describing a suitable box, the author lists the most important pieces of tackle, including hooks, line, sinkers, bobbers, lures, and tools. A Minnesota Fishing Regulations manual, life jacket, and safety gear (first aid kit, sunscreen, and drinking water) are also essential for a fun, safe day on the water. (15 booklets plus teacher guide for 3rd through 6th grades).  
Full-color PDF of "Let's Outfit a Tackle Box" and  PDF Teachers guide for "Let's Outfit a Tackle Box"

Minnesota Conservation Volunteer. Teaching Materials Collection TSK 636 V.69 No. 408 September-October, 2006

In “Ready, Set, Grow” the author introduces students to plant reproduction from seeds through the story of an acorn falling from an oak to the ground
below, sprouting, and beginning to grow into a new oak tree. Topics include: flower and seed anatomy, seed dispersal, and conditions for germination. (15 booklets plus teacher guide for 4th through 8th grades).
Full-color PDF of "Ready, Set Grow" and  PDF Teachers guide for "Ready, Set Grow" 

Minnesota Conservation Volunteer. Teaching Materials Collection TSK 636 V.69 No. 409 November-December, 2006

Wild Engineers” is a survey of eight animals, from arachnids to mammals, that modify their habitats to protect themselves from predators,
to reproduce, or to obtain food. This article contains many excellent photos that are included in the PDF version available online. (15 booklets plus teacher guide for 3rd through 8th grades).  
Full-color PDF of "Wild Engineers" and  PDF Teachers guide for "Wild Engineers" 

Minnesota Conservation Volunteer. Teaching Materials Collection TSK 636 V.70 No. 410 January-February, 2007

Nature’s Calendar” is an excellent introduction to the science of phenology, the study of plant and animal life cycles. While the text describes how phenologists work and explains why close observation of our natural world is useful and important, accompanying illustrations and lists, organized into three-month quarters, provide specific examples of phenomena readers might observe. (15 booklets plus teacher guide for 5th grade through high school).
Full-color PDF of "Nature's Calendar" and  PDF Teachers guide for "Nature's Calendar"

Minnesota Conservation Volunteer. Teaching Materials Collection TSK 636 V.70 No. 411 March-April, 2007

What’s in a Bird Song?” teaches readers which birds sing, what songs mean, the difference between songs and calls, how birds produce sounds,
how young birds learn to sing, how to remember some common bird songs and calls, and how to learn more about identifying birds by their calls and
songs. (15 booklets plus teacher guide for 4th through 8th grade).
Full-color PDF of "What's in a Bird Song?" and  PDF Teachers guide for "What's in a Bird Song?"

Minnesota Conservation Volunteer. Teaching Materials Collection TSK 636 V.70 No. 412 May-June, 2007

Ants” introduces the reader to one of the most prolific life forms on Earth. The text, which is accompanied by illustrations of an ant colony and ant
anatomy, describes how ants establish new colonies, reproduce, find and manage their food supply, and start more colonies. (15 booklets plus teacher guide for 5th grade through high school). 
Full-color PDF of "Ants" and  PDF Teachers guide for "Ants"  

Minnesota Conservation Volunteer. Teaching Materials Collection TSK 636 V.70 No. 413 July-August, 2007

Hoot, Tremolo, Yodel, and Wail” describes the life cycle of our Minnesota state bird, the common loon. Readers learn about the loon’s behaviors (migratory, mating, parenting, and territorial), its unique anatomical characteristics, and environmental challenges loons face. (15 booklets plus teacher guide for 3rd through 7th grades).
Full-color PDF of "Hoot, Tremolo, Yodel, and Wail" and  PDF Teachers guide for "Hoot, Tremolo, Yodel, and Wail"

Minnesota Conservation Volunteer. Teaching Materials Collection TSK 636 V.70 No. 414 September/October, 2007

Who’s That Navigator?” helps young readers understand how it is that some birds, fish, and mammals are able to navigate over great distances. The text explains current scientific theories of how animals are able to navigate, and is supplemented by excellent photos and illustrations that trace migration patterns of  hummingbirds, bobolinks, and steelhead trout, and territorial routes of wolves. The article concludes with tips for finding a north compass bearing if you have no compass. (15 booklets plus teacher guide for upper elementary through middle grades).
Full-color PDF of "Who's That Navigator?" and  PDF Teachers guide for "Who's That Navigator?"

Minnesota Conservation Volunteer. Teaching Materials Collection TSK 636 V.70 No. 415 November/December, 2007

The World From a Stump” is the story of one day in the life of a 14-year-old deer hunter. The narrator, accompanied by his father, spends the entire day, from before dawn to dusk, seated on a stump, hoping to shoot a deer. The story is rich in details, as the boy describes events in the environment as well as his emotions. (15 booklets plus teacher guide for intermediate through middle grades).
Full-color PDF of "The World From a Stump" and  PDF Teachers guide for "The World From a Stump"

Minnesota Conservation Volunteer. Teaching Materials Collection TSK 636 V.70 No. 416 January/February, 2008

Counting Critters” describes how wildlife managers monitor population levels of a variety of species in Minnesota. The authors explain why it is important to count wildlife; when, where, and how animals are counted; who does the counting; and how the data are used. Among the animals discussed are moose, loons, deer, bald eagles, wolves, heron, ring-necked pheasants, frogs, toads, bears, and ruffed grouse. This article may be used to supplement your mathematics curriculum (See Extension activities). (15 booklets plus teacher guide for mid-elementary through eighth grade).
Full-color PDF of "Counting Critters" and  PDF Teacher's guide for "Counting Critters"

Minnesota Conservation Volunteer. Teaching Materials Collection TSK 636 V.70 No. 417 March/April, 2008

The Magic of Morphing” describes, through text and photographs, how a variety of organisms undergo metamorphosis, a change from one form to another, as they mature. Examples from insect, amphibian, fish, and mollusk phyla help the reader learn why animals undergo metamorphosis; what environmental cues signal successive physical changes; and how dragonflies, moths, frogs, eels, and mussels undergo metamorphosis. (15 booklets plus teacher guide for fifth grade through high school).
Full-color PDF of "The Magic of Morphing" and  PDF Teachers guide for "The Magic of Morphing"

Minnesota Conservation Volunteer. Teaching Materials Collection TSK 636 V.70 No. 418 May/June, 2008

Spring-to-Life Ponds,” through text and illustrations, describes the life cycle of a vernal pond and the many organisms that depend on it for their survival. Students learn how vernal ponds form and disappear. Creatures from across the animal kingdom, with the exception of fish, use vernal ponds for food, shelter, and  reproduction. The article is an excellent resource if you are studying taxonomy, climate change, or ecology. See Extension Activities.

Full-color PDF of "Spring-to-Life Ponds" and PDF Teachers guide for "Spring-to-Life Ponds"

Minnesota Conservation Volunteer. Teaching Materials Collection TSK 636 V.70 No. 419 July/August, 2008

A Most Amazing River” tells the story of the first 600 miles of the Mississippi River in natural and human history, as it winds its way from its source in Lake Itasca through Bemidji, Brainerd, St. Cloud, and the Twin Cities on its way to New Orleans. Topics include the Mississippi’s geography, geologic history, plant and animal life, Native American history, European exploration and commercial development, ecological threats, and points of interest along the Minnesota stretch of the river. (15 booklets plus teacher guide for upper elementary through high school grades).

Full-color PDF of "A Most Amazing River" and PDF Teachers guide for "A Most Amazing River"

Minnesota Conservation Volunteer. Teaching Materials Collection TSK 636 V.70 No. 420 September/October, 2008

Tree Guardians” describes the work life of several foresters as they fight fire, supervise the planting of seedlings, and work with a logger to ensure proper harvest
of mature trees. In the final section of the article, readers learn how foresters also work in the private sector to assist landowners manage forests wisely. (15 booklets plus teacher guide for third grade through middle grades).

Full-color PDF of "Tree Guardians" and PDF Teachers guide for "Tree Guardians"

Minnesota Conservation Volunteer. Teaching Materials Collection TSK 636 V.71 No. 421 November/December, 2008

Sweat Pads, Logging Berries, and Blackjack” gives readers a taste of 1895 northern Minnesota logging camp life from the perspective of a 19-year-old cook’s assistant named Dan Bell. The article is rich in the vernacular of loggers, with a separate section devoted to “Lumberjack Lingo.” While the theme is the food loggers ate and how it was prepared and served, readers will also learn about other important jobs in a major Minnesota industry at the turn of the 20th century. (15 booklets plus teacher guide for intermediate through middle grades).

Full-color PDF of "Sweat Pads, Logging Berries, and Blackjack" and PDF Teachers guide for "Sweat Pads, Logging Berries, and Blackjack".

Minnesota Conservation Volunteer. Teaching Materials Collection TSK 636 V.72 No. 422 January/February, 2009

"Ubiquitous Conifers" “Ubiquitous* Conifers” introduces the reader to 10 conifer trees native to Minnesota. Students learn physical characteristics, where species are most commonly found in Minnesota, plants and animals sharing a tree’s habitat, and commercial uses for several species.(15 booklets plus teacher guide for intermediate through middle grades).

Full-color PDF of "Ubiquitous Conifers" and PDF Teachers guide for "Ubiquitous Conifers".

Minnesota Conservation Volunteer. Teaching Materials Collection TSK 636 V.72 No. 423 March/April, 2009

"Sugar From Trees" describes collecting maple sap to make syrup and sugar from colonial America and from the territory that is now Minnesota. The reader will also learn what trees may be tapped, how trees produce say, and how to collect and process sap. (15 booklets plus teacher guide for third through middle school).

Full-color PDF of "Sugar From Trees" and PDF Teachers guide for "Sugar From Trees"

Minnesota Conservation Volunteer. Teaching Materials Collection TSK 636 V.72 No. 424 May/June, 2009

"Let's Make a Fishing Pole" provides a brief history of angling equipment, from pre-historical times to present-day rods and reels, computerized graphs, and underwater cameras. Readers learn how to make bamboo poles and pop can rigs, how to find the right bait, where to fish, and how to fish safely and ethically. (15 booklets plus teacher guide for third through middle grades).

Full-color PDF of "Let's Make a Fishing Pole" and PDF Teachers guide for "Let's Make a Fishing Pole"

Minnesota Conservation Volunteer. Teaching Materials Collection TSK 636 V.72 No. 425 July/August, 2009

"Nature's Recyclers" describes the organisms that break organic matter into its constituent parts. Readers will learn about detritivores, such as turkey vultures, bullheads, and houseflies; and decomposers, such as mushrooms, and bacteria. (2 booklets plus teacher guide for fifth through eighth grades).

Full-color PDF of "Nature's Recyclers" and PDF Teachers guide for "Nature's Recyclers"

Minnesota Conservation Volunteer. Teaching Materials Collection TSK 636 V.72 No. 426  September/October, 2009

"Have Fun Painting Ducks" describes the author's creative approach to painting waterfowl. Joe Hautman and his two brothers have won eight federal duck stamp competitions. Hautman takes the reader step-by-step through the research, composition, drawing, and painting a pair of mallards in flight. Vocabulary includes a mix of visual art and biology terms. (4 booklets plus teacher guide for intermediate through high school grades).

Full-color PDF of "Have Fun Painting Ducks" and PDF Teachers guide for "Have Fun Painting Ducks" This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.

Minnesota Conservation Volunteer. Teaching Materials Collection TSK 636 V.72 No. 427  November/December, 2009

“Nature’s Alphabet” is a departure from previous Young Naturalists articles. Twenty-six photographs depict the letters A through Z in upper or lower case, and in manuscript or cursive forms. Teachers of students in grades kindergarten through high school may find this article useful. (7 booklets for kindergarten through high school grades).

Full-color PDF of "Nature's Alphabet" and PDF Teacher's guide for "Nature's Alphabet."

Minnesota Conservation Volunteer. Teaching Materials Collection TSK 636 V.73 No. 428  January/February, 2010

“Forest Builders” takes readers back to the depths of the Great Depression through the eyes of a 15-year-old Little Falls boy named Monty Dehn. He helped plant thousands of trees, many of which make up Minnesota’s present-day forests. Readers will learn about life in a typical CCC camp. This article is an excellent supplement for Minnesota and U.S. history classes. (2 booklets for sixth grade through high school grades).

Full-color PDF of "Forest Builders" and PDF Teacher's guide for "Forest Builders."

Minnesota Conservation Volunteer. Teaching Materials Collection TSK 636 V.73 No. 429  March/April, 2010

“Let’s Find Out” gives readers an introduction to the scientific method, with emphasis on studies conducted by Minnesota Department of Natural Resources scientists. Students are guided through the systematic thinking process from initial observations and formulation of hypotheses, to experimental design and implementation, to analysis of data communication of results. (3 booklets for mid-elementary through high school grades).

Full-color PDF of "Let's Find Out" and PDF Teacher's guide for "Let's Find Out."

Minnesota Conservation Volunteer. Teaching Materials Collection TSK 636 V.73 No. 430  May/June, 2010

“Life of a Pike” describes, in text and photographs, the life cycle of the northern pike from embryo to fry, to fingerling, to reproductive adult. Readers will learn how young pike avoid predators, what they eat, how fast they grow, and the waters they travel as they mature. (2 booklets for fifth through high school grades).

Full-color PDF of "Life of a Pike" and PDF Teacher's guide for "Life of a Pike."

Minnesota Conservation Volunteer. Teaching Materials Collection TSK 636 V.73 No. 431  July/August, 2010

“Why is a Bluebird Blue?” gives readers the opportunity to learn about the plumage of six Minnesota birds in a hands-on manner. The Baltimore oriole, eastern bluebird, belted kingfisher, bobolink, scarlet tanager and northern flicker are among the most colorful birds of Minnesota. Students will learn about these species as they color the illustrations using the colors indicated by the number key for each. Teachers may enlarge the illustrations for younger students. (2 booklets for primary through high school grades). Listen to the Birds.   What's in a Bird Song?

Full-color PDF of "Why is a Bluebird Blue?" and PDF Teacher's guide for "Why is a Bluebird Blue?"

Minnesota Conservation Volunteer. Teaching Materials Collection TSK 636 V.73 No. 432  September/October, 2010

Learn to Hunt,” tells the story of three young hunters as they meet with experienced mentors and prepare to hunt ducks, deer and wild turkeys. Readers will learn the basics of safety and hunting strategies. Several Web links to hunting advocacy organizations are provided for each species. (4 booklets for fourth through eighth grades).

Full-color PDF of "Learn to Hunt" and PDF Teacher's guide for "Learn to Hunt"

Minnesota Conservation Volunteer. Teaching Materials Collection TSK 636 V.73 No. 433 November/December, 2010

"Who was George Bonga?" is a blend of fact and fiction. In “Meet the Guide,” the author tells a story through the eyes of 14-year-old Louie Pomeroy, a paddler in George Bonga’s fur trading expedition from Fond du Lac to Leech Lake in 1836. Sidebars provide a brief biography of the famous trader and guide. (3 booklets for third through eighth grades). See related "George and the Voyageurs" with full-color PDF and Teachers guide.

Full-color PDF of "Who was George Bonga?" and PDF Teacher's guide for "Who was George Bonga?"

Minnesota Conservation Volunteer. Teaching Materials Collection TSK 636 V.74 No. 434  January/February, 2011

In "The greatest of feet," readers learn the similarities of different kinds of vertebrate feet and how feet are adapted to unique characteristics of habitats. Topics include sticky feet (treefrogs), heel-toe walkers (bear), hoofed feet (ungulates), toe-walkers (dogs, cats and birds), tool feet (bats, opossum, raptors, fox, badger), groomers (barn owls, herons, nighthawks, and beavers) and paddlers (ducks, geese, and beavers). The article concludes with a brief description of the physiology of warm feet in cold weather. This article gives the teacher an excellent opportunity to introduce or reinforce the concept of adaptation as an evolutionary process. (3 booklets for intermediate through middle/junior high school grades).

Full-color PDF of "The greatest feet" and PDF Teacher's guide for "The greatest feet"

Minnesota Conservation Volunteer. Teaching Materials Collection TSK 636 V.74 No. 435  March/April, 2011

"Northern Saw-Whet Owl 10-583" tells the compelling story of a saw-whet owl’s recovery from a life-threatening injury. In photos and text readers follow the little owl from its discovery on the Twin Cities campus of the University of Minnesota to its arrival at The Raptor Center. The owl’s diagnosis and treatment by Raptor Center staff, physical therapy to ready her for flight, and, finally, her prognosis for release back into the wild are interspersed with facts about the owl’s biology and behavior. (2 booklets for intermediate through middle/junior high school grades). "How to help stop window crashes" and video of The Raptor Center's rehabiliation of saw-whet owl 10-583.

Full-color PDF of "Northern Saw-Whet Owl 10-583" and PDF Teacher's guide for "Northern Saw-Whet Owl 10-583"

Minnesota Conservation Volunteer. Teaching Materials Collection TSK 636 V.74 No. 436 May/June, 2011

"Minnesota's Wild Anglers" introduces readers to seven species of birds and mammals that prey primarily on fish. Students learn about adaptations, fishing strategies, and how young are fed and taught to fish. Photographs of each species accompany text. This article will be sure to interest students as the fishing opener approaches.  (3 booklets for third through middle/junior high school grades). Video of river otters fishing on a Minnesota lake.

Full-color PDF of "Minnesota's Wild Anglers" and PDF Teacher's guide for "Minnesota Wild Anglers"

Minnesota Conservation Volunteer. Teaching Materials Collection TSK 636 V.74 No. 437  July/August, 2011

In "Agate Hounds," readers will learn the basics of agate formation, types of agates, and how to collect agates. Teachers may also use this article to address earth science standards (rocks and minerals, volcanoes and glaciers). (4 booklets for intermediate through middle/junior high school grades).

Full-color PDF of "Agate Hounds" and PDF Teacher's guide for "Agate Hounds"

Minnesota Conservation Volunteer. Teaching Materials Collection TSK 636 V.74 No. 438  September/October, 2011

"Wild Ideas, Wild Inventions" Plants or animals in the wild have inspired many modern-day inventions. Readers will learn about how nature played a part in the development of Velcro, aspirin, paper, the first successful flying machine, the bullet train, and more. This article will be a welcome addition to your science and engineering curriculum. (3 booklets for intermediate through middle/junior high school grades).

Full-color PDF of "Wild Ideas, Wild Inventions" and PDF Teacher's guide for "Wild Ideas, Wild Inventions"

Minnesota Conservation Volunteer. Teaching Materials Collection TSK 636 V.74 No. 439  November/December, 2011

"Two Eastern Screech-Owls" the reader gets an early-spring glimpse of a nesting pair of eastern screech-owls. Students will learn about nesting and hunting behavior patterns, as well as about how these interesting birds raise their young. (3 booklets for intermediate through middle/junior highschool grades).

Full-color PDF of "Two Eastern Screech-Owls" and PDF Teacher's guide for "Two Eastern Screech-Owls"

Minnesota Conservation Volunteer. Teaching Materials Collection TSK 636 V.75 No. 440  January/February, 2011

"Fabulous Fox Family" will learn about the red fox’s diet and hunting strategies, as well as its territorial and reproductive behavior patterns. Photographs taken by the writer enrich the text. The red fox ((Vulpes vulpes) is one of four species of wild dogs native to Minnesota. (3 booklets for primary through middle/junior highschool grades).

Full-color PDF of "Fabulous Fox Family" and PDF Teacher's guide for "Fabulous Fox Family"

Minnesota Conservation Volunteer. Teaching Materials Collection TSK 636 V.75 No. 441  March/April, 2011

In "How Do Birds Fly?," readers will learn not only how birds fly, but also how human observation of birds led to the design of modern flying machines. A variety of avian adaptations for takeoff, flight and landing are described in text and photos. Teachers please note: Due to challenging vocabulary and physics concepts, this article is recommended for junior high through high school learners. (16 booklets for seventh through high school grades).

Full-color PDF of "How Do Birds Fly?" and PDF Teacher's guide for "How Do Birds Fly?"

Minnesota Conservation Volunteer. Teaching Materials Collection TSK 636 V.75 No. 442  May/June, 2011

"Fish in the Zone"introduces readers to limnology, a branch of science that studies freshwater bodies, such as lakes, rivers, and wetlands. In text and illustrations the author describes how yellow perch adapt to changing conditions in their habitat throughout the seasons. Fish inhabit different zones of a lake as water temperature and food sources change. (17 booklets for fifth through high school grades).

Full-color PDF of "Fish in the Zone" and PDF Teacher's guide for "Fish in the Zone"

Minnesota Conservation Volunteer. Teaching Materials Collection TSK 636 V.75 No. 443  July/August, 2011

"Little Habitats on the Prairies" takes readers on a tour of Minnesota’s prairies. The most common grasses, flowers, and animals are described, as are their evolutionary adaptations for finding food and shelter and for surviving weather and fire events. Illustrations and photos supplement the text. (18 booklets for third through middle grades).

Full-color PDF of "Little Habitats on the Prairies" and PDF Teacher's guide for "Little Habitats on the Prairies"

 

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