​Wildlife Lesson Plans​​

This page contains Educational Units developed for The Nature of Teaching program. Each unit contains one or more lesson plans that have been written to Indiana's Academic Standards with an emphasis on Science and Math Standards. Some lesson plans contain readings from which Literary Standards can be met. Click on an image to open the PDF of the Educational Unit. Text with black boxes within the PDFs are links to supplemental materials.

Animal Diversity and Tracking 

This Unit includes four lesson plans: Animal Tracks, Scent Stations, Indoor Track Casting, and Outdoor Track Casting. It meets several K-5 Science and Math Academic Standards and three 9-12 Natural Resource Management Academic Standards.

Mammal Food Webs

This Unit contains four lesson plans: Be A Tooth Sleuth, Poster Exploration of Food Webs, Student Investigations of Food Webs, and Energy Flows and Food Webs. It meets several K-5 Science Academic Standards.

Reptiles, Amphibians, and the Scientific Method 

This Unit includes three lesson plans: Habitat Selection, Icy N' Hot Crickets, and Hot Rock. It meets several K-5 Science and Math Academic Standards and three 9-12 Natural Resource Management Academic Standards.

Eco-llapse Lesson Plan

This lesson plan demonstrates why ecosystems are useful for describing how organisms depend on and t with one e another. It meets several K-5 Science and Math Academic Standards and three 9-12 Natural Resource Management Academic Standards.

Mammals and Ecosystems 

This Unit includes two lesson plans describing the role mammals play in ecosystems.  Students learn to build their own ecosystems and research mammals.




Ashes to Ashes

This Unit includes two lesson plans and classroom activities for students kindergarten through grade five. The lesson plans describe how an ecosystem is constantly changing and what causes the changes. Students will be able to list the four major stages of succession; understand the importance and benefits of natural fire in nature; and recognize that animals use different successional stages of an ecosystem, depending on what they need to survive.

Coloration Exploration 

A lesson and classroom activities for teachers of students through grade five help students understand how animals change colors to survive in their environments. The lesson explains the differences among aposematic (warning), cryptic (blending in with surroundings) and sexual/gender dimorphism (male and female) coloration changes.

Discovering the Watershed

A lesson with classroom activities for teachers and students through grade five introduce students to watersheds and why they are important to a healthy ecosystem. Students also learn about water quality.

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lesson​ with a board game to teach 4th and 5th grade students about the importance of water quality as well as ways to promote healthy water quality from home. The board game will have students working in teams to answer trivia and perform creative and scientific tasks to review their knowledge of healthy water choices and water quality.


Tooth Sleuth 

A Tooth Sleuth knows you can tell what a mammal eats just by looking at its teeth. Some teeth tear, some grind, and some crush food. This poster describes different kinds of mammal teeth and how you can use those tooth types to figure out if a mammal is a herbivore, carnivore, or omnivore. A full color, 20x28-inch poster can be purchased from the Purdue Education Store. K-12 teachers can receive a poster at no charge by emailing Rob Chapman.

Common Indiana Mammals 

Mammals play an integral role in many habitats. Knowing more about these intriguing animals can help us enjoy and appreciate the diversity of wildlife around us. These natural history cards can be used to identify 34 mammalian species native to Indiana by appearance, skull, or by tracks. In this publication, students can research information about habitat, diet, distribution, reproduction, and ecology.​




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