I Saw It on the 6 O'Clock News: Wisconsin Forest History
In this lesson, students learn about 150
years of events in Wisconsin that have led to the forests of
today. They participate in a live newscast from the past by
conducting interviews of being interviewed. After watching the
newscast, the class organizes the news events into a timeline
and draws pictures to represent these events.
LEAF Program Information
This lesson is a sample lesson from LEAF, Wisconsin’s
K-12 forestry education program. The LEAF program was formed
from a partnership between the Wisconsin Department of Natural
Resources - Division of Forestry and the Wisconsin Center for
Environmental Education at UW-Stevens Point. LEAF provides forestry
education resources for Wisconsin educators, including a K-12
forestry lesson guide, on-line forestry-related resources, and
urban forestry and wildland fire lessons. Services include professional
development opportunities for Wisconsin teachers, school forest
assistance, and curriculum consulting. LEAF also provides a
directory of forestry field experience providers, workshops
for non-formal educators, forestry landowners, and foresters,
and various special event opportunities.
LEAF Lesson Guide
The LEAF Wisconsin K-12 Forestry Lesson Guide provides educators
with complete interdisciplinary units designed to present an
overview of forests and forestry in Wisconsin. The Lesson Guide
is divided into six units: K-1, 2-3, 4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-12. Units
contain between five and eight classroom lessons, a careers
exploration, and up to three field enhancements. All lesson
materials are correlated to Wisconsin Model Academic Standards.
Teachers receive the Lesson Guide in a 12-hour workshop that
covers background information on Wisconsin’s forests and
an introduction to the use of the lesson materials. The workshop
is offered around the state at various times and can be taken
for graduate credit.
To Learn More
For more information about LEAF and any of their resources
and services, visit: www.uwsp.edu/cnr/leaf
or call 715-346-4956.
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