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Join Mass Audubon educators as we learn how energy from the sun powers life on Earth, both living processes and the technologies we use to power our communities. Each lesson explores one aspect of the energy cycle within biotic and abiotic systems; including photosynthesis, consumers, decomposers, renewable, and non-renewable energies.

Program Location(s):

Your school or other location
Online

Grades:

3, 4, 5

Price:

  • Base price is $976 for the entire unit. 20% discount is $781/unit, 30% discount is $683/unit.
    Unit includes 7 lessons, but can be prorated. A free, 30-minute self-guided training video will be sent to participating teachers.

Trees provide much more than shade or pretty additions to city streets and neighborhood parks. This unit explores habitats, adaptations, and life cycles, with trees as a unifying theme. With accessibility to all learners as a priority, lessons highlight the diversity of trees across various Massachusetts habitats, including suburban, urban and rural areas. Nature journaling assignments highlight observation and other science skills and encourage students to choose a tree near their home or school to chronicle throughout the unit.

Program Location(s):

Your school or other location
Online

Grades:

K, 1, 2

Price:

  • Base price is $976 for the entire unit. 20% discount is $781/unit, 30% discount is $683/unit.
    Unit includes 7 lessons, but can be prorated. A free, 30-minute self-guided training video will be sent to participating teachers.

Are trees the solution to climate change? Through place-based, inquiry driven investigation, students will study the role of trees in the carbon cycle, and expand their investigation to find out whether forest sequestration, or indeed any one nature-based solution, is enough to fight climate change. Finally, students will explore their own role as a changemaker by planning a collective, climate-positive action.

Program Location(s):

Your school or other location

Grades:

6, 7, 8

Price:

  • Base price is $976 for the entire unit. 20% discount is $781/unit, 30% discount is $683/unit.
    Unit includes 7 lessons, but can be prorated. A free, 30-minute self-guided training video will be sent to participating teachers.

Curriculum Frameworks:

7-MS-LS2-3 - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - matter and energy cycling
8-MS-ESS3-5 - Earth and Human Activity - human activities and global temperatures

In this unit we will explore different types of "minibeasts", or invertebrates, like worms, pill bugs, and more. Students will engage in outdoor investigations to find out where the best place is for a minibeast to live. Students will document their observations in field journals as they explore different habitats in their schoolyard and use models to explain how these habitats may or may not support the needs of invertebrates. Finally, students will expand their investigation to explore the role invertebrates play to enrich the soil, and understand how humans can learn from them to reduce their footprint and protect their local environment.

Program Location(s):

Your school or other location

Grades:

K, 1, 2

Price:

  • Base price is $697 for the entire unit. 20% discount is $558/unit, 30% discount is $488/unit.
    Unit includes 5 lessons, but can be prorated. A free, 30-minute self-guided training video will be sent to participating teachers.

Curriculum Frameworks:

K-ESS3-3 - Earth and Human Activity - solutions to reduce natural resource use
K-LS1-1 - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - where animals and plants get food
1-LS1-1 - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - function of plant/animal body parts
2-LS2-3 (MA) - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - how plant/animals depend on surroundings

In this unit, students will get outside and investigate the ways stronger storms impact their communities, specifically through rain and snow. They will identify places of vulnerability and places of resilience in their schoolyard or neighborhood. As a culminating project, they will design solutions to help reduce the impacts of stronger storms in their area and communicate it with members of their community.

Program Location(s):

Your school or other location

Grades:

3, 4, 5

Price:

  • Base price is $837 for the entire unit. 20% discount is $670/unit, 30% discount is $586/unit.
    Unit includes 6 lessons, but can be prorated. A free, 30-minute self-guided training video will be sent to participating teachers.

Curriculum Frameworks:

3-ESS3-1 - Earth and Human Activity - design solutions to weather damage
4-ESS3-2 - Earth and Human Activity - solutions to natural disaster impact
5-ESS3-1 - Earth and Human Activity - ways to reduce resource use by humans