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Educational Resource Guide for Parents and Teachers


Due to the current pandemic, countless in-person environmental education, stewardship, and community engagement programs have had to be cancelled or postponed. School closures and outdoor social distancing restrictions have made it difficult for organizations to continue to engage their communities. To provide parents and teachers alike with effective educational resources to help meet curriculum course requirements or simply a fun family activity in the Hudson Raritan Estuary, the Harbor and Hudson River work group have reinvented their programs to work in new virtual and at-home formats!

 

The Educational Resource Guide below seeks to offer parents and teachers a searchable, sortable collection of sustainability-related, place-based resources from environmental educators across the Hudson Raritan Estuary. The guide is quick and easy to use and resources can be filtered by grade level and/or resource type.

 

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Educational Resource Guide

Resource NameOrganizationAboutGrade LevelsResource Typesgrade_level_hfilterresource_type_hfilter
Virtual RiverNYSDEC Estuary Program & Research ReserveShort video intros to additional lesson plan options3-5 (8 to 11 yrs. old), 6-8 (12 to 14 yrs. old), 9-12 (15 to 18 yrs. old), K-2 (5 to 7 yrs. old)At-Home Activities for Families or Educators, Curriculum/Lesson Plans for Educators, Recorded Videos, Things to Read/Listen To3-5-8-to-11-yrs-old 6-8-12-to-14-yrs-old 9-12-15-to-18-yrs-old k-2-5-to-7-yrs-oldat-home-activities-for-families-or-educators curriculum-lesson-plans-for-educators recorded-videos things-to-read-listen-to
"What's Good In My Hood" Workbook for Investigating Urban CommunitiesNew York Restoration ProjectA workbook to guide students on how to explore their neighborhood habitats, watershed, animal life, and more by data collection and interactive worksheets.3-5 (8 to 11 yrs. old), K-2 (5 to 7 yrs. old), Pre-K (up to 4 yrs. old)At-Home Activities for Families or Educators, Curriculum/Lesson Plans for Educators, Things to Read/Listen To3-5-8-to-11-yrs-old k-2-5-to-7-yrs-old pre-k-up-to-4-yrs-oldat-home-activities-for-families-or-educators curriculum-lesson-plans-for-educators things-to-read-listen-to
Exploring the Estuary in your KitchenSarah Lawrence College Center for the Urban River at BeczakThis is a fun activity to help your student explore the properties of water using their freezer. Students can practice making and testing a hypothesis and collecting data while doing real hands-on science.3-5 (8 to 11 yrs. old), 6-8 (12 to 14 yrs. old), 9-12 (15 to 18 yrs. old), Adults (18+)At-Home Activities for Families or Educators3-5-8-to-11-yrs-old 6-8-12-to-14-yrs-old 9-12-15-to-18-yrs-old adults-18at-home-activities-for-families-or-educators
Estuary Model VideoSarah Lawrence College Center for the Urban River at BeczakThis is a video of our Hudson River Estuary Model table. It showcases our Director of Education walking us through how the model is used, from the geography of the region to the brackish water in the estuary, tidal changes, and how pollution moves around our waterways.3-5 (8 to 11 yrs. old), 6-8 (12 to 14 yrs. old), 9-12 (15 to 18 yrs. old), Adults (18+), K-2 (5 to 7 yrs. old)Recorded Videos, Virtual Field Trips3-5-8-to-11-yrs-old 6-8-12-to-14-yrs-old 9-12-15-to-18-yrs-old adults-18 k-2-5-to-7-yrs-oldrecorded-videos virtual-field-trips
STEM Activity of the Week: Fish Anatomy- Bob the BlobHudson River ParkThe Fish Anatomy: Bob the Blob lesson teaches students to identify the physical features that define fish, and the significance of each part.K-2 (5 to 7 yrs. old)At-Home Activities for Families or Educators, Curriculum/Lesson Plans for Educatorsk-2-5-to-7-yrs-oldat-home-activities-for-families-or-educators curriculum-lesson-plans-for-educators
Research the Hudson River through Data AnalysisSarah Lawrence College Center for the Urban River at BeczakThis is an activity to help your high schooler think about how we can ask questions to analyze available datasets about Hudson River water quality. This lab examines different water quality parameters and natural systems of the Hudson River.9-12 (15 to 18 yrs. old)Curriculum/Lesson Plans for Educators9-12-15-to-18-yrs-oldcurriculum-lesson-plans-for-educators
STEM Activity of the Week: Life of a ButterflyHudson River ParkThis lesson breaks down the life cycle of a butterfly and invites young students to reenact each stage. Students will also review the general anatomy of a butterfly and craft their own butterfly using common household items.K-2 (5 to 7 yrs. old)At-Home Activities for Families or Educators, Curriculum/Lesson Plans for Educatorsk-2-5-to-7-yrs-oldat-home-activities-for-families-or-educators curriculum-lesson-plans-for-educators
STEM Activity of the Week: Marine Ecology- Brackish Water DensityHudson River ParkEstuaries are important aquatic environments, and many of them are close to cities like New York. In this lesson, we conduct an experiment to help us learn more about estuaries and the types of water we find in these environments.3-5 (8 to 11 yrs. old), K-2 (5 to 7 yrs. old)At-Home Activities for Families or Educators, Curriculum/Lesson Plans for Educators3-5-8-to-11-yrs-old k-2-5-to-7-yrs-oldat-home-activities-for-families-or-educators curriculum-lesson-plans-for-educators
Window Sill WildlifeLES Ecology CenterWindow Sill Wildlife is an ongoing series of at-home projects that safely bring the natural world to you with materials you have at home! Share your results with us on social media and check back later for more activities.3-5 (8 to 11 yrs. old), 6-8 (12 to 14 yrs. old), 9-12 (15 to 18 yrs. old), Adults (18+), K-2 (5 to 7 yrs. old), Pre-K (up to 4 yrs. old)At-Home Activities for Families or Educators3-5-8-to-11-yrs-old 6-8-12-to-14-yrs-old 9-12-15-to-18-yrs-old adults-18 k-2-5-to-7-yrs-old pre-k-up-to-4-yrs-oldat-home-activities-for-families-or-educators
Zero Waste Kitchen TipsLES Ecology CenterThe city's suspension of curbside and community composting puts many of us in a tricky position. Use our guide for a list of recipes, strategies, and projects to sustainably manage your food waste.9-12 (15 to 18 yrs. old), Adults (18+)At-Home Activities for Families or Educators9-12-15-to-18-yrs-old adults-18at-home-activities-for-families-or-educators
Our Book and Film Picks 2020LES Ecology CenterA list of our favorite fictitious and non-fictitious books and movies with ecology themes. Many are local to New York and there's something here for someone of all ages.6-8 (12 to 14 yrs. old), 9-12 (15 to 18 yrs. old), Adults (18+)Things to Read/Listen To6-8-12-to-14-yrs-old 9-12-15-to-18-yrs-old adults-18things-to-read-listen-to
Mini-Modules on Environmental Justice and Environmental HealthWE ACT for Environmental JusticeWE ACT for Environmental Justice has launched the first in our series of free online learning modules for children in grades 4 -12 in the coming weeks. Based on our successful Environmental Health and Justice Leading Training program, these initial mini lessons will provide students – and their parents – with an introduction to the basic concepts of environmental health and environmental justice.6-8 (12 to 14 yrs. old), 9-12 (15 to 18 yrs. old), Adults (18+)At-Home Activities for Families or Educators, Recorded Videos, Things to Read/Listen To6-8-12-to-14-yrs-old 9-12-15-to-18-yrs-old adults-18at-home-activities-for-families-or-educators recorded-videos things-to-read-listen-to
Estuary Model worksheetsSarah Lawrence CollegeThis link is to an answer key for a number of student worksheets split into lower elementary, upper elementary, middle school, and high school, with questions based on our estuary model video. The link to the video, a vocabulary list for all students, and the student worksheets are all located within this answer key.3-5 (8 to 11 yrs. old), 6-8 (12 to 14 yrs. old), 9-12 (15 to 18 yrs. old), K-2 (5 to 7 yrs. old)Curriculum/Lesson Plans for Educators3-5-8-to-11-yrs-old 6-8-12-to-14-yrs-old 9-12-15-to-18-yrs-old k-2-5-to-7-yrs-oldcurriculum-lesson-plans-for-educators
"Hudson Rising" Virtual ExhibitNew-York Historical SocietyThe "Hudson Rising" Virtual Exhibit is an online replica of New-York Historical Society's 2019 exhibit about the Hudson River's role in the development of environmental thinking and activism.3-5 (8 to 11 yrs. old), 6-8 (12 to 14 yrs. old), 9-12 (15 to 18 yrs. old), Adults (18+)At-Home Activities for Families or Educators, Curriculum/Lesson Plans for Educators, Recorded Videos, Student Support (e.g. virtual tutoring), Things to Read/Listen To, Virtual Field Trips3-5-8-to-11-yrs-old 6-8-12-to-14-yrs-old 9-12-15-to-18-yrs-old adults-18at-home-activities-for-families-or-educators curriculum-lesson-plans-for-educators recorded-videos student-support-e-g-virtual-tutoring things-to-read-listen-to virtual-field-trips
"Hudson Rising" Poster SeriesNew-York Historical SocietyThe "Hudson Rising" posters present the surprising story of how environmental thinking and action emerged from the Hudson River region. The posters explore over 200 years of Hudson River history—including industry, art, and activism. Created by New-York Historical Society and NYS Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. To receive your free digital files for printing the eight posters, contact historyexhibits@nyhistory.org.3-5 (8 to 11 yrs. old), 6-8 (12 to 14 yrs. old), 9-12 (15 to 18 yrs. old), Adults (18+)Student Support (e.g. virtual tutoring), Things to Read/Listen To, Virtual Field Trips3-5-8-to-11-yrs-old 6-8-12-to-14-yrs-old 9-12-15-to-18-yrs-old adults-18student-support-e-g-virtual-tutoring things-to-read-listen-to virtual-field-trips
Ecosystem Engineers CurriculumBillion Oyster ProjectBOP is sharing 5 units of STEM learning thanks to support from Con Edison. To get started with at-home activities ranging from an Oyster Anatomy lesson, learning about food chains and food webs as well as Combine Sewer Output (CSO) events.3-5 (8 to 11 yrs. old), 6-8 (12 to 14 yrs. old), 9-12 (15 to 18 yrs. old)At-Home Activities for Families or Educators, Curriculum/Lesson Plans for Educators3-5-8-to-11-yrs-old 6-8-12-to-14-yrs-old 9-12-15-to-18-yrs-oldat-home-activities-for-families-or-educators curriculum-lesson-plans-for-educators
TEST your Oyster, Organism and Water Quality IQ!Billion Oyster ProjectTEST your Oyster, Organism and Water Quality IQ! Dissolved oxygen and salinity might be second nature to Harbor School students, but its the perfect time for the rest of us to test our knowledge of our natural environment! Check out our new quiz, created by Diana and Robina from our education team.6-8 (12 to 14 yrs. old), 9-12 (15 to 18 yrs. old), Adults (18+)At-Home Activities for Families or Educators6-8-12-to-14-yrs-old 9-12-15-to-18-yrs-old adults-18at-home-activities-for-families-or-educators
Ecosystem Engineers Curriculum: Unit 1: Oyster Anatomy - What’s Really in There?Billion Oyster ProjectLesson Summary: students explore the external and internal anatomy of an oyster through observation, dissection and two different design challenges.3-5 (8 to 11 yrs. old), 6-8 (12 to 14 yrs. old), 9-12 (15 to 18 yrs. old)At-Home Activities for Families or Educators, Curriculum/Lesson Plans for Educators, Recorded Videos3-5-8-to-11-yrs-old 6-8-12-to-14-yrs-old 9-12-15-to-18-yrs-oldat-home-activities-for-families-or-educators curriculum-lesson-plans-for-educators recorded-videos
Ecosystem Engineers Curriculum Unit 2: Cleaning vs. Clearing - What Happens When Oysters Eat?Billion Oyster ProjectLesson Summary: Students will act out the process of an oyster eating in order to better understand that oysters don’t really “clean” or “filter” the water, but in fact they clear the water of particles.3-5 (8 to 11 yrs. old), 6-8 (12 to 14 yrs. old), 9-12 (15 to 18 yrs. old)At-Home Activities for Families or Educators, Curriculum/Lesson Plans for Educators3-5-8-to-11-yrs-old 6-8-12-to-14-yrs-old 9-12-15-to-18-yrs-oldat-home-activities-for-families-or-educators curriculum-lesson-plans-for-educators
Ecosystem Engineers Curriculum: Unit 3 New York Harbor Food WebBillion Oyster ProjectLesson Summary Students will learn about the biodiversity of oyster reefs by each playing the role of an estuary organism. Together the class will create an estuarine food web with string, connecting the organisms to each other.3-5 (8 to 11 yrs. old), 6-8 (12 to 14 yrs. old), 9-12 (15 to 18 yrs. old)At-Home Activities for Families or Educators, Curriculum/Lesson Plans for Educators3-5-8-to-11-yrs-old 6-8-12-to-14-yrs-old 9-12-15-to-18-yrs-oldat-home-activities-for-families-or-educators curriculum-lesson-plans-for-educators
Ecosystem Engineers Curriculum: Unit 3 Oyster Reef ConstructionBillion Oyster ProjectLesson Summary Students will design and engineer their own oyster reef structure.3-5 (8 to 11 yrs. old), 6-8 (12 to 14 yrs. old), 9-12 (15 to 18 yrs. old)At-Home Activities for Families or Educators, Curriculum/Lesson Plans for Educators3-5-8-to-11-yrs-old 6-8-12-to-14-yrs-old 9-12-15-to-18-yrs-oldat-home-activities-for-families-or-educators curriculum-lesson-plans-for-educators
Ecosystem Engineers Curriculum: Unit 5 Combined Sewer Overflows - A Barrier to Oyster RestorationBillion Oyster ProjectLesson Summary Students will make and explore a 3D model of a sewershed and discuss the implications of combined sewer overflows for the urban ecosystem.3-5 (8 to 11 yrs. old), 6-8 (12 to 14 yrs. old), 9-12 (15 to 18 yrs. old)At-Home Activities for Families or Educators, Curriculum/Lesson Plans for Educators3-5-8-to-11-yrs-old 6-8-12-to-14-yrs-old 9-12-15-to-18-yrs-oldat-home-activities-for-families-or-educators curriculum-lesson-plans-for-educators
Oyster Gardening Manual for Schools and Community ScientistsBillion Oyster ProjectRead up on New York Harbor’s history, the Billion Oyster Project, and the 5 stages of the BOP Lifecycle in this oyster gardening guide, created in partnership with the Harbor School, SCAPE Studio and NY/NJ Baykeeper.3-5 (8 to 11 yrs. old), 6-8 (12 to 14 yrs. old), 9-12 (15 to 18 yrs. old), Adults (18+)Things to Read/Listen To3-5-8-to-11-yrs-old 6-8-12-to-14-yrs-old 9-12-15-to-18-yrs-old adults-18things-to-read-listen-to
The NYC Water CycleBillion Oyster ProjectStudents will go outdoors, or scroll around on google maps, to observe and document the water cycle in motion where they live. Students will also discover how they and their community impact not only the movement of water through the cycle, but also the water quality.6-8 (12 to 14 yrs. old), 9-12 (15 to 18 yrs. old)At-Home Activities for Families or Educators, Curriculum/Lesson Plans for Educators6-8-12-to-14-yrs-old 9-12-15-to-18-yrs-oldat-home-activities-for-families-or-educators curriculum-lesson-plans-for-educators
New York Harbor Coloring PagesBillion Oyster ProjectLearn about some of the most common marine species discovered near Billion Oyster Project oyster reefs by coloring them. From the infamous oyster toadfish to intricate tunicates, you can print the following pages and get started today!3-5 (8 to 11 yrs. old), 6-8 (12 to 14 yrs. old), K-2 (5 to 7 yrs. old), Pre-K (up to 4 yrs. old)At-Home Activities for Families or Educators3-5-8-to-11-yrs-old 6-8-12-to-14-yrs-old k-2-5-to-7-yrs-old pre-k-up-to-4-yrs-oldat-home-activities-for-families-or-educators
Oyster Dory Construction ManualBillion Oyster ProjectFor students stuck at home, we’d recommend building a paper dory. To get started, flip to page 78 of our open-source Construction Manual & Teaching Guide, with lots of boat- and harbor-related activities. If you have access to a printer we recommend printing on the largest, thickest piece of paper you’ve got. Last year, students from Sunset Park built their own dory, which they named Guacamole!3-5 (8 to 11 yrs. old), 6-8 (12 to 14 yrs. old), 9-12 (15 to 18 yrs. old)At-Home Activities for Families or Educators, Curriculum/Lesson Plans for Educators, Recorded Videos3-5-8-to-11-yrs-old 6-8-12-to-14-yrs-old 9-12-15-to-18-yrs-oldat-home-activities-for-families-or-educators curriculum-lesson-plans-for-educators recorded-videos
Create a Fish out of Salt DoughBillion Oyster ProjectIt's easy to learn about fish when they're right in front of you, but many of us are stuck inside. Did you know you can make your own fish out of a few basic household ingredients? Feel free to reference our guide to decide which underwater creature you want to create!3-5 (8 to 11 yrs. old), 6-8 (12 to 14 yrs. old), K-2 (5 to 7 yrs. old)At-Home Activities for Families or Educators, Curriculum/Lesson Plans for Educators, Recorded Videos3-5-8-to-11-yrs-old 6-8-12-to-14-yrs-old k-2-5-to-7-yrs-oldat-home-activities-for-families-or-educators curriculum-lesson-plans-for-educators recorded-videos
How to Make a AnemometerBillion Oyster ProjectAn anemometer is a device used for measuring wind speed and direction. It is also a common instrument used by weather stations. The term is derived from the Greek word "anemos", which means wind. Here’s how you can make an Anemometer at home!6-8 (12 to 14 yrs. old), 9-12 (15 to 18 yrs. old)At-Home Activities for Families or Educators, Recorded Videos, Things to Read/Listen To6-8-12-to-14-yrs-old 9-12-15-to-18-yrs-oldat-home-activities-for-families-or-educators recorded-videos things-to-read-listen-to
Monitoring an Oyster Research Station (ORS) for OrganismsBillion Oyster ProjectYou may have seen some of BOP's aqua ropes hanging off of piers. At the end of each rope is an Oyster Research Station (ORS). To kick off Earth Week, Agata wants to show you how schools and scientists monitor these oyster homes.3-5 (8 to 11 yrs. old), 6-8 (12 to 14 yrs. old), 9-12 (15 to 18 yrs. old), Adults (18+), K-2 (5 to 7 yrs. old)Recorded Videos3-5-8-to-11-yrs-old 6-8-12-to-14-yrs-old 9-12-15-to-18-yrs-old adults-18 k-2-5-to-7-yrs-oldrecorded-videos
Do-It-Yourself HydrometerBillion Oyster ProjectA hydrometer is an instrument used for measuring the density of liquids based on the concept of buoyancy. Here’s how you can make one at home!6-8 (12 to 14 yrs. old), 9-12 (15 to 18 yrs. old)At-Home Activities for Families or Educators, Recorded Videos6-8-12-to-14-yrs-old 9-12-15-to-18-yrs-oldat-home-activities-for-families-or-educators recorded-videos
Imagine No Combined Sewer OverflowBillion Oyster ProjectHave a listen to this familiar tune performed by Billion Oyster Project’s Diana Fu. With inspiration from John Lennon, our Field Science Education Specialist transformed the song “Imagine” into a lesson about NYC’s Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) system.3-5 (8 to 11 yrs. old), 6-8 (12 to 14 yrs. old), 9-12 (15 to 18 yrs. old), K-2 (5 to 7 yrs. old)Recorded Videos, Things to Read/Listen To3-5-8-to-11-yrs-old 6-8-12-to-14-yrs-old 9-12-15-to-18-yrs-old k-2-5-to-7-yrs-oldrecorded-videos things-to-read-listen-to
Story Hour: Down To The Sea with Mr. MageeBillion Oyster ProjectListen as Diana Fu reads Down To The Sea with Mr. Magee by Chris Van Dusen3-5 (8 to 11 yrs. old), 6-8 (12 to 14 yrs. old), K-2 (5 to 7 yrs. old), Pre-K (up to 4 yrs. old)At-Home Activities for Families or Educators, Recorded Videos, Things to Read/Listen To3-5-8-to-11-yrs-old 6-8-12-to-14-yrs-old k-2-5-to-7-yrs-old pre-k-up-to-4-yrs-oldat-home-activities-for-families-or-educators recorded-videos things-to-read-listen-to
Earthday Chat with Pete Malinowski & Murray FisherBillion Oyster ProjectListen to a question and answer session with Pete Malinowski & Murray Fisher about the Billion Oyster Project.6-8 (12 to 14 yrs. old), 9-12 (15 to 18 yrs. old), Adults (18+)Recorded Videos, Things to Read/Listen To6-8-12-to-14-yrs-old 9-12-15-to-18-yrs-old adults-18recorded-videos things-to-read-listen-to
Billion Oyster Project Hatchery Q&ABillion Oyster ProjectBen LoGuidice and Pete Malinowski answered aquaculture themed questions submitted by Billion Oyster Project's social media followers.9-12 (15 to 18 yrs. old), Adults (18+)Recorded Videos, Things to Read/Listen To9-12-15-to-18-yrs-old adults-18recorded-videos things-to-read-listen-to
Get to Know Your Harbor: Coney Island CreekBillion Oyster ProjectGet to know Kaiser Park in Coney Island Creek — the location of one of Billion Oyster Project's community oyster reefs.3-5 (8 to 11 yrs. old), 6-8 (12 to 14 yrs. old), 9-12 (15 to 18 yrs. old)Recorded Videos, Virtual Field Trips3-5-8-to-11-yrs-old 6-8-12-to-14-yrs-old 9-12-15-to-18-yrs-oldrecorded-videos virtual-field-trips
Get to Know Your Harbor: Bushwick InletBillion Oyster ProjectGet to know Bushwick Inlet — an East River waterway between Williamsburg and Greenpoint, Brooklyn.3-5 (8 to 11 yrs. old), 6-8 (12 to 14 yrs. old), 9-12 (15 to 18 yrs. old), Adults (18+)Recorded Videos, Virtual Field Trips3-5-8-to-11-yrs-old 6-8-12-to-14-yrs-old 9-12-15-to-18-yrs-old adults-18recorded-videos virtual-field-trips
Make your own Oyster Research Station (ORS) Out of RecyclablesBillion Oyster ProjectWith Earth Day just a few weeks away, we wanted to combine our love for Oyster Research Stations (ORS) with awareness around single-use plastics. Join our Education Outreach Coordinator, Agata Poniatowski, in building your very own ORS using just the materials you might find in your recycling bin!3-5 (8 to 11 yrs. old), 6-8 (12 to 14 yrs. old), 9-12 (15 to 18 yrs. old)At-Home Activities for Families or Educators, Recorded Videos3-5-8-to-11-yrs-old 6-8-12-to-14-yrs-old 9-12-15-to-18-yrs-oldat-home-activities-for-families-or-educators recorded-videos
Exploring the Estuary! A Teacher’s Guide to the New York New Jersey Harbor Estuary Region (2009)NY-NJ Harbor and Estuary ProgramOne of the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary Program’s primary goals is to increase public awareness and appreciation of the environment. Assembled in 2009, this guide highlights many of the region’s estuary-related education programs - wonderful resources for teachers and students.3-5 (8 to 11 yrs. old), 6-8 (12 to 14 yrs. old), 9-12 (15 to 18 yrs. old), K-2 (5 to 7 yrs. old)At-Home Activities for Families or Educators, Curriculum/Lesson Plans for Educators3-5-8-to-11-yrs-old 6-8-12-to-14-yrs-old 9-12-15-to-18-yrs-old k-2-5-to-7-yrs-oldat-home-activities-for-families-or-educators curriculum-lesson-plans-for-educators
Brochure: Wildlife of the New York - New Jersey Harbor EstuaryNY-NJ Harbor and Estuary ProgramHelping to build an awareness of the rich natural resources that can be found within the Harbor Estuary, this brochure is designed to identify and provide some basic information about the species illustrated.3-5 (8 to 11 yrs. old), 6-8 (12 to 14 yrs. old), 9-12 (15 to 18 yrs. old), Adults (18+), K-2 (5 to 7 yrs. old)At-Home Activities for Families or Educators, Things to Read/Listen To3-5-8-to-11-yrs-old 6-8-12-to-14-yrs-old 9-12-15-to-18-yrs-old adults-18 k-2-5-to-7-yrs-oldat-home-activities-for-families-or-educators things-to-read-listen-to
Newtown Creek Urban Ecology Online Virtual Scavenger HuntNewtown Creek AllianceA virtual scavenger hunt! Discover some of the plants, animals, and surroundings of Kingsland Wildflowers. A flourishing green roof in the heart of industrial North Brooklyn.3-5 (8 to 11 yrs. old), 6-8 (12 to 14 yrs. old), 9-12 (15 to 18 yrs. old), Adults (18+)At-Home Activities for Families or Educators, Virtual Field Trips3-5-8-to-11-yrs-old 6-8-12-to-14-yrs-old 9-12-15-to-18-yrs-old adults-18at-home-activities-for-families-or-educators virtual-field-trips
Newtown Creek Urban Ecology OnlineNewtown Creek AllianceExplore all of Newtown Creek Alliance's online materials, including videos and virtual field trips. We ask that this survey is completed before access is given to the curriculum.3-5 (8 to 11 yrs. old), 6-8 (12 to 14 yrs. old), 9-12 (15 to 18 yrs. old), Adults (18+)At-Home Activities for Families or Educators, Recorded Videos, Things to Read/Listen To, Virtual Field Trips3-5-8-to-11-yrs-old 6-8-12-to-14-yrs-old 9-12-15-to-18-yrs-old adults-18at-home-activities-for-families-or-educators recorded-videos things-to-read-listen-to virtual-field-trips
Kingsland Wildflowers Virtual TourNewtown Creek AllianceMeet the partners and explore the different rooftops at Kingsland Wildflowers Green Roof and Community Center in industrial North Brooklyn on the banks of the Newtown Creek. Click here to learn how to use the resources.3-5 (8 to 11 yrs. old), 6-8 (12 to 14 yrs. old), 9-12 (15 to 18 yrs. old), Adults (18+)At-Home Activities for Families or Educators, Virtual Field Trips3-5-8-to-11-yrs-old 6-8-12-to-14-yrs-old 9-12-15-to-18-yrs-old adults-18at-home-activities-for-families-or-educators virtual-field-trips
Flora & Fauna Habitat on a Green RoofNewtown Creek AllianceExplore the some of the flora and fauna that can be found on the wildflower meadows of a green roof in NYC. Click here to learn how to use the resources.3-5 (8 to 11 yrs. old), 6-8 (12 to 14 yrs. old), 9-12 (15 to 18 yrs. old), Adults (18+)At-Home Activities for Families or Educators, Virtual Field Trips3-5-8-to-11-yrs-old 6-8-12-to-14-yrs-old 9-12-15-to-18-yrs-old adults-18at-home-activities-for-families-or-educators virtual-field-trips
Water Quality Testing in the FieldNewtown Creek AllianceLearn the basics of Water Quality testing and the simple materials that you might use on a field trip. Explore water quality data collected and try analyzing it on your own or with your class. Click here to learn how to use the resources.6-8 (12 to 14 yrs. old), 9-12 (15 to 18 yrs. old), Adults (18+)At-Home Activities for Families or Educators, Curriculum/Lesson Plans for Educators, Things to Read/Listen To, Virtual Field Trips6-8-12-to-14-yrs-old 9-12-15-to-18-yrs-old adults-18at-home-activities-for-families-or-educators curriculum-lesson-plans-for-educators things-to-read-listen-to virtual-field-trips
Newtown Creek Food WebNewtown Creek AllianceExplore the food webs of the urban waterway Newtown Creek. Click here to learn how to use the resources.3-5 (8 to 11 yrs. old), 6-8 (12 to 14 yrs. old)At-Home Activities for Families or Educators, Things to Read/Listen To3-5-8-to-11-yrs-old 6-8-12-to-14-yrs-oldat-home-activities-for-families-or-educators things-to-read-listen-to
Resilient Design of Hunter's Point Park for StudentsNewtown Creek AllianceExplore the design elements of NYC's newest waterfront parks. Designed to flood and to provide protection from sea level rise and storm surges, your students can think through ways to design their own resilient waterfront designs. Click here to learn how to use the resources.6-8 (12 to 14 yrs. old), 9-12 (15 to 18 yrs. old), Adults (18+)At-Home Activities for Families or Educators, Things to Read/Listen To, Virtual Field Trips6-8-12-to-14-yrs-old 9-12-15-to-18-yrs-old adults-18at-home-activities-for-families-or-educators things-to-read-listen-to virtual-field-trips
Newtown Creek Urban Ecology STEM CurriculumNewtown Creek AllianceThe Newtown Creek Urban Ecology STEM Curriculum is designed to be used with students in a classroom but each unit if full of images, vocabulary and additional resources that can be useful for remote learning.3-5 (8 to 11 yrs. old), 6-8 (12 to 14 yrs. old), 9-12 (15 to 18 yrs. old), Adults (18+)Curriculum/Lesson Plans for Educators, Things to Read/Listen To3-5-8-to-11-yrs-old 6-8-12-to-14-yrs-old 9-12-15-to-18-yrs-old adults-18curriculum-lesson-plans-for-educators things-to-read-listen-to
Hudson River Food Web: lesson setSarah Lawrence College Center for the Urban River at BeczakThis is a lesson set with 1-3 parts that can be used separately or in conjunction with each other. The first part is a recorded powerpoint about the Hudson River Food web, the second part is a 5E lesson with some guided activities for students, and the third part is a food web game using a powerpoint presentation.3-5 (8 to 11 yrs. old), 6-8 (12 to 14 yrs. old), 9-12 (15 to 18 yrs. old)At-Home Activities for Families or Educators, Curriculum/Lesson Plans for Educators, Recorded Videos3-5-8-to-11-yrs-old 6-8-12-to-14-yrs-old 9-12-15-to-18-yrs-oldat-home-activities-for-families-or-educators curriculum-lesson-plans-for-educators recorded-videos
Bronx River Curricula RequestBronx River AllianceThe Bronx River Alliance has developed a variety of at-home learning resources in order for either educators or parents to easily facilitate a conversation around the Bronx River. These lesson plans give you access to background information, vocabulary, and hands-on at-home activities that can be done with little to no preparation.6-8 (12 to 14 yrs. old), 9-12 (15 to 18 yrs. old), Adults (18+)At-Home Activities for Families or Educators, Curriculum/Lesson Plans for Educators, Virtual Field Trips6-8-12-to-14-yrs-old 9-12-15-to-18-yrs-old adults-18at-home-activities-for-families-or-educators curriculum-lesson-plans-for-educators virtual-field-trips
Project BirdwingGateway National Recreation AreaProject Birdwing is an interactive lesson on how and why birds have adapted there wings through the lens of four common species to the Northeastern Coast. The program includes a video explaining the these adaption processes and an activity for the student to build a model of their favorite birds out of paper.3-5 (8 to 11 yrs. old)At-Home Activities for Families or Educators, Curriculum/Lesson Plans for Educators, Recorded Videos, Virtual Field Trips3-5-8-to-11-yrs-oldat-home-activities-for-families-or-educators curriculum-lesson-plans-for-educators recorded-videos virtual-field-trips
Coastal Science in Your Kitchen ToolkitWaterfront AllianceThe Coastal Science in Your Kitchen toolkit is an interactive series of activities that helps students learn about the processes that affect their waterways by participating in a multiplayer card game, experiment exploring ocean acidification, and building a model recreation of a shoreline. At the end of each activity, students will find comprehensive questions to help solidify lessons learned in the activities, as well as links to other resources for further research.3-5 (8 to 11 yrs. old), 6-8 (12 to 14 yrs. old), 9-12 (15 to 18 yrs. old)At-Home Activities for Families or Educators, Curriculum/Lesson Plans for Educators3-5-8-to-11-yrs-old 6-8-12-to-14-yrs-old 9-12-15-to-18-yrs-oldat-home-activities-for-families-or-educators curriculum-lesson-plans-for-educators
An Introduction to Climate Change and Coastal Resilience Webinar (Pre-Recorded)Waterfront AllianceAn Introduction to Climate Change and Coastal Resilience webinar helps students find a sense of place in the New York New Jersey Harbor Estuary by having them watch a one hour, pre-recorded presentation, exploring the history of the harbor, the current challenges climate change pose, and how coastal resilience is a vital tool in addressing these challenges. Towards the end of the webinar, staff answer questions asked by those who were in the virtual audience of the presentation.3-5 (8 to 11 yrs. old), 6-8 (12 to 14 yrs. old), 9-12 (15 to 18 yrs. old), Adults (18+)Recorded Videos3-5-8-to-11-yrs-old 6-8-12-to-14-yrs-old 9-12-15-to-18-yrs-old adults-18recorded-videos
An Introduction to Climate Change and Coastal Resilience PresentationWaterfront AllianceAn Introduction to Climate Change and Coastal Resilience presentation is a PDF presentation exploring the New York New Jersey Harbor Estuary. Students will learn about the history of the harbor, efforts in trying to revitalize the waterfronts of New York and New Jersey, climate change, coastal resilience, and how they can support community actions in their own neighborhood.3-5 (8 to 11 yrs. old), 6-8 (12 to 14 yrs. old), 9-12 (15 to 18 yrs. old), Adults (18+)Curriculum/Lesson Plans for Educators3-5-8-to-11-yrs-old 6-8-12-to-14-yrs-old 9-12-15-to-18-yrs-old adults-18curriculum-lesson-plans-for-educators
An Introduction to Climate Change and Coastal Resilience Student WorkbookWaterfront AllianceAn Introduction to Climate Change and Coastal Resilience student workbook is an associated guide that pairs with our climate change and coastal resilience presentation and webinar recording. This workbook includes several definitions, activities, and quiz questions to instill key concepts such as greenhouse gases, combined sewer overflow systems, and green infrastructure.3-5 (8 to 11 yrs. old), 6-8 (12 to 14 yrs. old), 9-12 (15 to 18 yrs. old), Adults (18+)At-Home Activities for Families or Educators, Things to Read/Listen To3-5-8-to-11-yrs-old 6-8-12-to-14-yrs-old 9-12-15-to-18-yrs-old adults-18at-home-activities-for-families-or-educators things-to-read-listen-to
15 for Trees (K-3)New York Restoration ProjectMini-investigations about trees designed to take 15 minutes. A combination of indoor and outdoor explorations on the science, function and uses of trees!3-5 (8 to 11 yrs. old), K-2 (5 to 7 yrs. old)At-Home Activities for Families or Educators, Curriculum/Lesson Plans for Educators, Things to Read/Listen To3-5-8-to-11-yrs-old k-2-5-to-7-yrs-oldat-home-activities-for-families-or-educators curriculum-lesson-plans-for-educators things-to-read-listen-to
15 for Trees (4-8)New York Restoration ProjectMini-investigations about trees designed to take 15 minutes. A combination of indoor and outdoor explorations on the science, function and uses of trees!3-5 (8 to 11 yrs. old), 6-8 (12 to 14 yrs. old)At-Home Activities for Families or Educators, Curriculum/Lesson Plans for Educators, Things to Read/Listen To3-5-8-to-11-yrs-old 6-8-12-to-14-yrs-oldat-home-activities-for-families-or-educators curriculum-lesson-plans-for-educators things-to-read-listen-to
What's Good in my Hood WorkbookNew York Restoration Project50+ pages of ideas and prompts for families to explore nature in their neighborhood including plant and wildlife identification, waste stream sorting, the urban water cycle, composting, and more.3-5 (8 to 11 yrs. old), 6-8 (12 to 14 yrs. old), K-2 (5 to 7 yrs. old)At-Home Activities for Families or Educators, Curriculum/Lesson Plans for Educators, Things to Read/Listen To3-5-8-to-11-yrs-old 6-8-12-to-14-yrs-old k-2-5-to-7-yrs-oldat-home-activities-for-families-or-educators curriculum-lesson-plans-for-educators things-to-read-listen-to
Bird Beak BuffetHudson River ParkTeaches students how each bird species has unique adaptations to help them get he food they need to survive with an interactive game. Students will discover how specific beak shapes are indicators of where, how and what a bird eats.3-5 (8 to 11 yrs. old), K-2 (5 to 7 yrs. old)At-Home Activities for Families or Educators, Curriculum/Lesson Plans for Educators3-5-8-to-11-yrs-old k-2-5-to-7-yrs-oldat-home-activities-for-families-or-educators curriculum-lesson-plans-for-educators
STEM Activity of the Week: Build Your Own PlanktonHudson River ParkStudents will learn about two categories of plankton– phytoplankton and zooplankton– and discover where in the Hudson River these tiny organisms are most abundant, and build their own plankton using common household items.3-5 (8 to 11 yrs. old), 6-8 (12 to 14 yrs. old)At-Home Activities for Families or Educators, Curriculum/Lesson Plans for Educators3-5-8-to-11-yrs-old 6-8-12-to-14-yrs-oldat-home-activities-for-families-or-educators curriculum-lesson-plans-for-educators
STEM Activity of the Week: Graphing Fish Ecology Data 101Hudson River ParkStudents will learn about four common Hudson River fish, then step into the role of a Hudson River Park marine scientist to look inside ‘fish traps’ to examine the catch of the day and create simple bar graphs that illustrate data from their survey.3-5 (8 to 11 yrs. old), K-2 (5 to 7 yrs. old)At-Home Activities for Families or Educators, Curriculum/Lesson Plans for Educators3-5-8-to-11-yrs-old k-2-5-to-7-yrs-oldat-home-activities-for-families-or-educators curriculum-lesson-plans-for-educators
STEM Activity of the Week: Graphing Fish Ecology Data- Extended EditionHudson River ParkStudents will build graphs to effectively communicate real HRPK Fish Ecology Survey data.3-5 (8 to 11 yrs. old), 6-8 (12 to 14 yrs. old), 9-12 (15 to 18 yrs. old)At-Home Activities for Families or Educators, Curriculum/Lesson Plans for Educators3-5-8-to-11-yrs-old 6-8-12-to-14-yrs-old 9-12-15-to-18-yrs-oldat-home-activities-for-families-or-educators curriculum-lesson-plans-for-educators
Junior Explorers: FishHudson River ParkStudents will be introduced to the Hudson River’s ecology by watching a brackish water experiment, learning fish behaviors and walking through the stages of a fish’s lifecycle.3-5 (8 to 11 yrs. old), K-2 (5 to 7 yrs. old), Pre-K (up to 4 yrs. old)At-Home Activities for Families or Educators, Recorded Videos, Things to Read/Listen To3-5-8-to-11-yrs-old k-2-5-to-7-yrs-old pre-k-up-to-4-yrs-oldat-home-activities-for-families-or-educators recorded-videos things-to-read-listen-to
Monitor Environmental Bacterial LessonHudson River ParkThis lesson teaches students about bacteria using an experiment to detect bacteria in their environment. Students will learn to prepare a bacterial culture and learn to compare the presence of potentially harmful bacteria before and after washing hands.3-5 (8 to 11 yrs. old), 6-8 (12 to 14 yrs. old)At-Home Activities for Families or Educators, Curriculum/Lesson Plans for Educators, Things to Read/Listen To3-5-8-to-11-yrs-old 6-8-12-to-14-yrs-oldat-home-activities-for-families-or-educators curriculum-lesson-plans-for-educators things-to-read-listen-to
STEM Activity of the Week: Oyster Toadfish SpotlightHudson River ParkA video that takes a deep dive into the life of the unique oyster toadfish species. This shines a spotlight on the habitat and behavior of the oyster toadfish and shares current research being conducted about it in Hudson River Park.3-5 (8 to 11 yrs. old), 6-8 (12 to 14 yrs. old), 9-12 (15 to 18 yrs. old)At-Home Activities for Families or Educators, Curriculum/Lesson Plans for Educators, Recorded Videos, Things to Read/Listen To3-5-8-to-11-yrs-old 6-8-12-to-14-yrs-old 9-12-15-to-18-yrs-oldat-home-activities-for-families-or-educators curriculum-lesson-plans-for-educators recorded-videos things-to-read-listen-to
STEM Activity of the Week: Plankton StampsHudson River ParkThis lesson is a fun craft to showcase the many shapes and sizes of plankton. Learn more and create your own Hudson River plankton scene!3-5 (8 to 11 yrs. old), K-2 (5 to 7 yrs. old)At-Home Activities for Families or Educators3-5-8-to-11-yrs-old k-2-5-to-7-yrs-oldat-home-activities-for-families-or-educators
STEM Activity of the Week: Plastics & the Food WebHudson River ParkThis lesson explores plastic’s impacts on Hudson River wildlife and food web. Students will test the density of various plastic items in water to observe where different plastic products may be found in the Hudson River water column.3-5 (8 to 11 yrs. old), 6-8 (12 to 14 yrs. old)At-Home Activities for Families or Educators, Curriculum/Lesson Plans for Educators3-5-8-to-11-yrs-old 6-8-12-to-14-yrs-oldat-home-activities-for-families-or-educators curriculum-lesson-plans-for-educators
STEM Activity of the Week: Plastic Rapid Survey LessonHudson River ParkThis lesson demonstrates how plastics end up in the Hudson River and prompts students to investigate plastic use in their daily lives. Students will conduct a survey to explore differences between single-use and reusable plastic items found in their home.3-5 (8 to 11 yrs. old), 6-8 (12 to 14 yrs. old)At-Home Activities for Families or Educators, Curriculum/Lesson Plans for Educators3-5-8-to-11-yrs-old 6-8-12-to-14-yrs-oldat-home-activities-for-families-or-educators curriculum-lesson-plans-for-educators
STEM Activity of the Week: Wildlife PuppetsHudson River ParkThis lesson explores the biodiverse ecosystem within the Hudson River Estuary that provides habitat for hundreds of species of aquatic wildlife. Create your own Wildlife Puppet and watch your critters come to life!3-5 (8 to 11 yrs. old), K-2 (5 to 7 yrs. old)At-Home Activities for Families or Educators, Curriculum/Lesson Plans for Educators3-5-8-to-11-yrs-old k-2-5-to-7-yrs-oldat-home-activities-for-families-or-educators curriculum-lesson-plans-for-educators
NYSDEC's invasive species curriculumNYSDECThe purpose of this unit is to bring students through the scientific process to develop their own scientific research poster focusing on the statewide issue of invasive species . The process will occur over about two weeks and includes a visiting speaker, fieldwork, optional field trip, and a summary scientific poster session .6-8 (12 to 14 yrs. old), 9-12 (15 to 18 yrs. old), Adults (18+)Curriculum/Lesson Plans for Educators6-8-12-to-14-yrs-old 9-12-15-to-18-yrs-old adults-18curriculum-lesson-plans-for-educators
Take A Virtual Field Trip: Nature Walk!Gowanus Canal ConservancyThis activity allows students, teachers, and families to take a virtual tour of the Gowanus Salt Lot. They will receive an overview of the salt marsh, grassland, and woodland areas, and will have access to additional resources for continued learning.3-5 (8 to 11 yrs. old), K-2 (5 to 7 yrs. old)At-Home Activities for Families or Educators, Recorded Videos, Virtual Field Trips3-5-8-to-11-yrs-old k-2-5-to-7-yrs-oldat-home-activities-for-families-or-educators recorded-videos virtual-field-trips
Take A Virtual Field Trip: Salt Marsh!Gowanus Canal ConservancyThis activity allows students, teachers, and families to explore the Gowanus Canal salt marsh. They will receive an overview of the salt marsh areas, and will have access to additional resources for continued learning.3-5 (8 to 11 yrs. old), K-2 (5 to 7 yrs. old)At-Home Activities for Families or Educators, Recorded Videos, Things to Read/Listen To, Virtual Field Trips3-5-8-to-11-yrs-old k-2-5-to-7-yrs-oldat-home-activities-for-families-or-educators recorded-videos things-to-read-listen-to virtual-field-trips
Take A Virtual Field Trip: Woodlands!Gowanus Canal ConservancyThis activity allows students, teachers, and families to explore Gowanus woodlands and associated habitat. They will receive an overview of the woodland areas, and will have access to additional resources for continued learning.3-5 (8 to 11 yrs. old), K-2 (5 to 7 yrs. old)At-Home Activities for Families or Educators, Recorded Videos, Things to Read/Listen To, Virtual Field Trips3-5-8-to-11-yrs-old k-2-5-to-7-yrs-oldat-home-activities-for-families-or-educators recorded-videos things-to-read-listen-to virtual-field-trips
Take A Virtual Field Trip: Grasslands!Gowanus Canal ConservancyThis activity allows students, teachers, and families to explore Gowanus Woodlands. They will receive an overview of the woodland areas, and will have access to additional resources for continued learning.3-5 (8 to 11 yrs. old), K-2 (5 to 7 yrs. old)At-Home Activities for Families or Educators, Recorded Videos, Things to Read/Listen To, Virtual Field Trips3-5-8-to-11-yrs-old k-2-5-to-7-yrs-oldat-home-activities-for-families-or-educators recorded-videos things-to-read-listen-to virtual-field-trips
Plant Parts For Beginners!Gowanus Canal ConservancyThis activity allows students, teachers, and families to learn about the different plant parts. They will receive an overview of plant structures and why they're important, and will have access to additional resources for continued learning.3-5 (8 to 11 yrs. old), K-2 (5 to 7 yrs. old)At-Home Activities for Families or Educators, Recorded Videos, Things to Read/Listen To, Virtual Field Trips3-5-8-to-11-yrs-old k-2-5-to-7-yrs-oldat-home-activities-for-families-or-educators recorded-videos things-to-read-listen-to virtual-field-trips
Planting Seeds At Home!Gowanus Canal ConservancyThis activity allows students, teachers, and families to learn how to plant indoors. They will receive an overview of basic planting needs, and will have access to additional resources for continued learning.3-5 (8 to 11 yrs. old), K-2 (5 to 7 yrs. old)At-Home Activities for Families or Educators, Recorded Videos, Things to Read/Listen To, Virtual Field Trips3-5-8-to-11-yrs-old k-2-5-to-7-yrs-oldat-home-activities-for-families-or-educators recorded-videos things-to-read-listen-to virtual-field-trips
Let's Draw Plants!Gowanus Canal ConservancyThis activity allows students, teachers, and families to learn how to draw different types of plants. They will receive an overview of drawing tips and tricks, and will have access to additional resources for continued learning.3-5 (8 to 11 yrs. old), K-2 (5 to 7 yrs. old)At-Home Activities for Families or Educators, Recorded Videos, Things to Read/Listen To, Virtual Field Trips3-5-8-to-11-yrs-old k-2-5-to-7-yrs-oldat-home-activities-for-families-or-educators recorded-videos things-to-read-listen-to virtual-field-trips
What is a Habitat?Gowanus Canal ConservancyThis activity allows students, teachers, and families to learn about the importance of habitat. They will receive an overview of Gowanus habitat and life, and will have access to additional resources for continued learning.3-5 (8 to 11 yrs. old), K-2 (5 to 7 yrs. old)At-Home Activities for Families or Educators, Recorded Videos, Things to Read/Listen To, Virtual Field Trips3-5-8-to-11-yrs-old k-2-5-to-7-yrs-oldat-home-activities-for-families-or-educators recorded-videos things-to-read-listen-to virtual-field-trips
An Introduction to Biodiversity!Gowanus Canal ConservancyThis activity allows students, teachers, and families to learn about biodiversity and its significance. They will receive an overview of Gowanus biodiversity and how it can be affected, and will have access to additional resources for continued learning.3-5 (8 to 11 yrs. old), K-2 (5 to 7 yrs. old)At-Home Activities for Families or Educators, Recorded Videos, Things to Read/Listen To, Virtual Field Trips3-5-8-to-11-yrs-old k-2-5-to-7-yrs-oldat-home-activities-for-families-or-educators recorded-videos things-to-read-listen-to virtual-field-trips
Explore Nature in the City!Gowanus Canal ConservancyThis activity allows students, teachers, and families to learn about the importance of urban ecology. They will receive an overview of the nature throughout NYC, and will have access to additional resources for continued learning.3-5 (8 to 11 yrs. old), K-2 (5 to 7 yrs. old)At-Home Activities for Families or Educators, Recorded Videos, Things to Read/Listen To, Virtual Field Trips3-5-8-to-11-yrs-old k-2-5-to-7-yrs-oldat-home-activities-for-families-or-educators recorded-videos things-to-read-listen-to virtual-field-trips