FREE Teaching Tools for Wild Animal Neighbors

Earlier this week you heard from author Ann Downer about her new book Wild Animal Neighbors: Sharing Our Urban World. This fascinating title visits cities around the world where formerly “wild” animals have been spotted.

To help you use this book, Ann has put together some fantastic (and free!) classroom tools for you. First, we have a Google Earth tour, which allows you visit all the locations mentioned in the book without even leaving your classroom! You will need to download the kmz file, and if you don’t already have Google Earth on your computer, you’ll need to download that program as well. If you haven’t used Google Earth before, we’ve put together some guidelines to help you figure out how it works.

Want to see an example of what you’ll find in the tour? Well, did you know that a few coyotes have made their home in Chicago in recent years? That’s right, wild coyotes are living in a major metropolitan area. This news story is featured in the tour’s Chicago stop.

Once you’ve visited all the locations on the tour, learn more about animals around the world with these Encyclopedia of Life activities. The Encyclopedia of Life is an open-source database-type encyclopedia that collects information about nature. Your class can learn about faraway wildlife and even contribute facts about wildlife in your own neighborhood.

And, last but certainly not least, your students can practice their coding skills with Citycritter Scratch KitsScratch is an easy-to-use programming language designed by folks at MIT. Ann has created Scratch starter kits that align with the content in Wild Animal Neighbors.

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