Resource Materials for Teachers
- Wildlife in the Classroom: What Is Required to Display Wildlife in the Classroom (PDF)
- Elementary & Secondary Wildlife Display Reporting Form (PDF)
- Wildlife Education/Project WILD
- Virginia Schoolyard Habitat Program
- Wild About Math: a collection of activities for graphing calculators using authentic wildlife research data from the VDGIF
- Teachers can find additional wildlife data on this website to create their own activities. Data sets can be found on:
- Fishing to Survive: A STEM Activity About Fishing An interdisciplinary activity that engages students in a scenario where they must create fishing gear from "found" objects to catch fish in a pool to survive.
- The North American Conservation Education Strategy: A Tool Kit for Achieving Excellence The award-winning North American Conservation Education Strategy (CE Strategy) delivers unified, research-based core concepts and messages about fish and wildlife conservation, translated into K-12 academic standards to shape students' environmental literacy, stewardship and outdoor skills. The Tool Kit for Achieving Excellence includes the many resources developed by AFWA as part of the CE Strategy, including the following publications
- Field Investigation Guide
- Schoolyard Biodiversity Guide
- Landscape Investigation Guidelines
- Fostering Outdoor Observation Skills
- System Thinking Guidebook
- Project Based Learning Model
- Outdoor Skills Education Handbook
- Virginia Animals and Their Habitat Unit A second-grade cross-curricular unit that integrates the content areas of science, language arts, mathematics, and history and social science; and addresses 40 grade-two Virginia Standards of Learning. Students will develop an understanding of Virginia animals and their habitats through active research, investigation and data collection, mathematical analysis, and communication. The unit utilizes inquiry, student teamwork, project-based learning, student journals, and fosters responsible actions toward wildlife and related natural resources. The unit is enhanced when paired with Project WILD materials.
SOL Related Resources
- Virginia Wildlife Calendar Classroom Activities (PDF)
- Life Cycle (Science SOL 2.4)
- White-tailed Deer in the Classroom: explore the life cycle of the white-tailed deer with a video, lessons and information to support the Virginia Science Standard of Learning Objective 2.4.
- Virginia Watersheds (Science SOL 4.8, 6.7, ES9, and Bio9)
- Migration (Science SOL 2.7, 3.4, 4.8, and LS.11)
The Department has placed satellite transmitters on several species of birds in order to learn more about their migration patterns. Although the transmitters are no longer transmitting data and have fallen off the birds, the information returned from these transmitters is valuable in managing both winter and summer habitats for these species. Flocks of these species follow similar routes every spring and fall.
- Biodiversity (Science SOL 3.6, 4.8, LS.9, LS.12, BIO.8, BIO.9)
The Species Richness maps for mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians display the biodiversity of species within VA. Compare these maps to locations of Virginia's human populations.