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This page is under development. More links to IDNR lessons that help you to meet the goals and objectives of the Next Generation Science Standards, Illinois Learning Standards and Illinois Early Learning Standards will be added as they are completed.

Next Generation Science Standards

Illinois Wild Mammals - More Resources Coming Soon

Getting Started
The activities in this unit were developed to provide educators in Illinois with options for meeting many of the Next Generation Science Standards while utilizing the Illinois-specific resources of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR).

Background Information

Resources

Wild Mammals Species List for Illinois

Illinois Wild Mammal Homes Video Podcast

Illinois Mammals Video Podcast

Illinois Wild Mammals Video

Lessons: The lessons listed below the table are based upon the contents of the Illinois Wild Mammals resources trunk. For a lending location near you, visit http://dnr.state.il.us/education/CLASSRM/Mammals2.htm. If you do not have access to an Illinois Wild Mammals resources trunk, the images at the following links can be used when teaching the mammal-related lessons. The high-resolution images will allow you to zoom in to see details. All images (C) 2014, Adele Hodde, Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

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Illinois Mammals Resources Trunk Lessons

Kindergarten - K-LS1-1 - Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.

Kindergarten - K-ESS2-2 - Construct an argument supported by evidence for how plants and animals (including humans) can change the environment to meet their needs.

Grade 1 - 1-LS1-1 - Use materials to design a solution to a human problem by mimicking how plants and/or animals use their external parts to help them survive, grow, and meet their needs.

Grade 2 - 2-LS2-2 - Develop a simple model that mimics the function of an animal in dispersing seeds or pollinating plants.

Grade 2 - 2-LS4-1 - Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.

Grade 3 - 3-LS4-3 - Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all.

Illinois Wild Mammals - lessons from Web site at http://dnr.state.il.us/education/CLASSRM/wild_mammals/index.htm

What Makes a Mammal a Mammal? – 3-LS4-3, 4-LS1-1
Students will be able to identify the five characteristics by which mammals are determined.

Mammal Signs – 2-LS4-1
Students will become familiar with evidence which shows that mammals inhabit a given area.

Mammals Night and Day – 4-LS1-2
Students will understand the difference between nocturnal and diurnal behavior among mammals.

Raising Mammal Young – 1-LS3-1, 3-LS1-1, 3-LS3-1
Students will become familiar with the process of mammalian birth and nurturing.
 
Mammals on the Move - 3-LS4-3, 4-LS1-1
Students will become aware of the variety of mammalian techniques and adaptations.

Hibernation - 1-LS3-1, 3-LS1-1, 3-LS3-1
Students will become familiar with hibernation and its function as a survival technique for certain mammals.

The Right Teeth - 1-LS3-1, 3-LS1-1, 3-LS3-1
Students will become familiar with the basic categories and functions of mammal teeth.

The Predator/Prey Relationship – 5-LS2-1
Students will become familiar with the concept of predation and the relationship between prey and predator.

Endangered and Threatened Species – 3-LS4-3, 3-LS4-4
Students will be able to: 1) identify and describe some causes for extinction of animal species; and 2) define “rare,” “threatened” and “endangered” as they apply to animal populations.

Maintaining Mammals - 3-LS4-3, 3-LS4-4
Students will: 1) understand the need to conserve and manage natural resources; and 2) learn different ways currently in use to preserve habitat.

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Prying into Prions: Investigating Chronic Wasting Disease

Getting Started
The activities in this unit can provide educators in Illinois with options for meeting several of the Next Generation Science Standards while utilizing the Illinois-specific resources of the IDNR.

Activities - These activities are from the Prying into Prions: Investigating Chronic Wasting Disease supplemental teaching unit. It is available to teachers in Illinois on a DVD from the IDNR Division of Education. Send requests in writing on school letterhead to IDNR Education, One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702.

Middle School

MS-LS3-1 - Develop and use a model to describe why structural changes to genes (mutations) located on chromosomes may affect proteins and may result in harmful, beneficial, or neutral effects to the structure and function of the organism.

High School

HS-LS1-1- Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the structure of DNA determines the structure of proteins which carry out the essential functions of life through systems of specialized cells.

HS-LS3-1 - Ask questions to clarify relationships about the role of DNA and chromosomes in coding the instructions for characteristic traits passed from parents to offspring.

HS-LS3-2 - Make and defend a claim based on evidence that inheritable genetic variations may result from: (1) new genetic combinations through meiosis, (2) viable errors occurring during replication, and/or (3) mutations caused by environmental factors.

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Aquatic Illinois - Coming Soon

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Illinois Birds - Coming Soon

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Illinois Biodiversity Basics - lessons from the CD-ROM and the Web site at http://dnr.state.il.us/education/CLASSRM/biodiversity/index.htm

What’s Your Biodiversity IQ? – MS-LS2-5
Take a “gee-whiz quiz” to find out how much you know about biodiversity, especially in Illinois.
 
Sizing up Species – MS-LS2-5
Classify organisms using a classification flow chart, play a team game to find out how many species may exist within different groups of organisms and make a graph to illustrate the relative abundance of living things.

Backyard BioBlitz – MS-LS2-5
Answer an ecoregional survey, then take a firsthand look at biodiversity in your community.

The Gene Scene – MS-LS4-4, HS-LS4-3
Play several different games that introduce genetic diversity and highlight why it’s important within populations.

The Nature of Poetry – Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects, grades 6-8, Range of Writing: 10
Read and discuss several poems related to biodiversity, then write original biodiversity poetry.

The Spice of Life – MS-LS2-5
Explore beliefs and values about why biodiversity is important and why it should be protected.

Secret Services – MS-LS2-5
Perform simulations that demonstrate some of the important ecosystem services that biodiversity provides.

Endangered Species Gallery Walk – MS-LS1-4, MS-LS1-5, MS-LS2-1, MS-LS2-4
Conduct research to create a poster about an endangered species in the state of Illinois and then take a walk through a poster “gallery” to find out more about threatened/endangered species around the state.

The Case of the Greater Prairie-chicken – MS-LS1-4, MS-LS1-5, MS-LS2-1, MS-LS2-4, MS-LS4-5, MS-LS4-6, HS-LS4-4
Work in small groups to discover how the greater prairie-chicken’s decline is tied to the major causes of biodiversity loss in Illinois and discuss what people are doing to help protect the greater prairie-chicken.

Space for Species – MS-LS2-1, MS-LS2-4, MS-LS2-5
Play an outdoor game, conduct a survey of plant diversity and analyze current research to explore the relationship between habitat size and biodiversity.

Future Worlds – MS-ESS3-3, MS-ESS3-4, HS-LS2-7, HS-LS4-6
Build a pyramid to reflect personal priorities for the future. Investigate the way humans affect the natural world and discover how people are working to protect the environment and improve the quality of life in Illinois and on earth.

Career Moves - Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects, grades 6-8, Research to Build and Present Knowledge: 8-9, Range of Writing: 10
Read profiles of people who work in biodiversity related professions in Illinois. Conduct interviews of people in your community with similar occupations.

 

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Illinois Fossils

Activities: These activities are based upon the contents of the Illinois Fossils resources trunk. For a lending location near you, visit http://dnr.state.il.us/education/fossiltrunk.htm.

Grade 3 - 3-LS4-1 - Analyze and interpret data from fossils to provide evidence of the organisms and the environments in which they lived long ago.

Grade 4 - 4-ESS1-1 - Identify evidence from patterns in rock formations and fossils in rock layers to support an explanation for changes in a landscape over time.

Middle School - MS-ESS2-3 - Analyze and interpret data on the distribution of fossils and rocks, continental shapes and seafloor structures to provide evidence of the past plate motions.

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Illinois' Invasive Species - Coming Soon

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Illinois Trees - More Lessons Coming Soon

Activities: These activities are based upon the contents of the Illinois Trees resources trunk. For a lending location near you, visit http://dnr.state.il.us/education/classrm/tree.htm.

Grade 1 - 1-LS1-1 - Use materials to design a solution to a human problem by mimicking how plants and/or animals use their external parts to help them survive, grow, and meet their needs.

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Illinois Learning Standards

 

Illinois Early Learning Standards - grades prekindergarten and kindergarten

Trees

A Little Help from Their Friends - 11.A.ECa, 11.A.ECd, 11.A.ECf, 11.A.ECg, 12.A.ECa, 12.B.ECa, 12.C.ECa, 12.D.ECa, 12.D.ECb

Bugs, Beavers, Birch Trees and Birds - 11.A.ECa, 11.A.ECb, 11.A.ECd, 11.A.ECf, 11.A.ECg, 12.A.ECa, 12.A.ECb, 12.B.ECa, 12.B.ECb, 12.C.ECa, 13.B.ECa, 13.B.ECb

Datos de los Bosques de Illinois (activity book) - 12.A.ECa, 12.A.ECb, 12.C.ECa

Dead and Alive - 11.A.ECa, 11.A.ECb, 11.A.ECf, 11.A.ECg

Illinois' Forest Facts (activity book) - 12.A.ECa, 12.A.ECb, 12.C.ECa

Let's Plant a Tree - 11.A.ECb, 11.A.ECd, 11.A.ECf, 11.A.ECg, 12.A.ECb, 12.B.ECa, 12.B.ECb, 12.E.ECb

People Who Work in the Woods - 12.E.ECb, 15.A.ECa

Take a Closer Look - 11.A.ECa, 11.A.ECb, 11.A.ECd, 11.A,ECf, 11.A.ECg, 12.A.ECa, 12.A.ECb, 12.B.ECb, 12.F.ECa

Trees at Work…Just Look! - 11.A.ECb, 11.A.ECd, 11.A.ECf, 11.A.ECg, 12.B.ECa, 12.B.ECb, 12.E.ECb

Trees for Tomorrow - 11.A.ECa, 11.A.ECb, 11.A.ECe, 11.A.ECf, 11.A.ECg, 12.A.ECb, 12.B.ECb, 12.E.ECb

What Do Trees Do for Dinner? - 11.A.ECa, 11.A.ECb, 11.A.ECd, 11.A.ECe, 11.A.ECf, 11.A.ECg, 12.B.ECa, 12.B.ECb, 13.B.ECb

Where Does the Green Go? - 11.A.ECa, 11.A.ECb, 11.A.ECd, 11.A.ECe, 11.A.ECf, 11.A.ECg, 12.A.ECa, 12.A.ECb, 12.B.ECb, 12.C.ECa, 12.F.ECa

 

 

 

 

 

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