Resources for Teachers
As a way to support environmental education beyond Mass Audubon-led school programs, Mass Audubon offers resources as well as teacher trainings.
Professional Development Workshops for Teachers
The workshops are designed for active participation and practical application in the classroom. Teachers can attend workshops offered on a variety of topics or our education staff can design a workshop to meet your specific needs. Workshops can be held at the wildlife sanctuary or at your school.
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MITS Summer Courses
Several Mass Audubon sanctuaries partner with the Museum Institute for Teaching Science (MITS) to bring STEM-focused summertime professional development to educators. One-week graduate level courses for grade 3–12 educators will bring scientists, engineers, and educators from environmental organizations across the state. Activities will create interdisciplinary connections, develop inquiry-based methods, and help teachers meet state frameworks.
Online Teaching Units
Mass Audubon now provides educators with free online teaching units to use throughout the year. These units are aligned with Massachusetts curriculum frameworks and are great for classroom teachers, parent volunteers, scout leaders, homeschooling parents, afterschool/enrichment leaders, and neighborhood nature club leaders.
STEM Preschool Teaching Units
Mass Audubon is pleased to share four free, activity-based teaching units aimed for students 2.9 to 5 years old. Young children learn about the world around them by using their five senses while being mentored by a caring adult. By observing and learning about the natural world in classroom learning stations, outside in the school yard setting, and in their local communities, children can acquire an increased understanding about natural science and the world. The publication of this Innovative Preschool STEM Curriculum was made possible through a competitive grant awarded by the Department of Early Education and Care.
Grades K-5 Teaching Unit: For The Birds
Through activities, prompted group discussions, role play, explorations, design projects, and observation, these 4-lesson units will help you introduce students to birds, observe birds in the school yard, establish and monitor a school yard bird feeding station, and help students observe birds in their own neighborhoods.
Striped Bass are fascinating fish that spawn in the Chesapeake Bay, Delaware Bay, and Hudson River, and migrate north to spend their summers in Massachusetts, and beyond. Striper Science, a hands-on curriculum for middle and high school developed by Plum Island Sound Long Term Ecological Research (PIE-LTER) and Mass Audubon.
Inland Fish and Warming Waters
How are warming climates impacting fish species? Some cold water fish, such as the brook trout are at risk. Engage your students’ curiosity and stewardship as they measure simple parameters such as dissolved oxygen and temperature of local water bodies, and consider how their actions can help or harm these fish.