New Distance Learning Resources: Grades 9-12
These resources were developed specifically to support teachers transitioning to distance learning. We are continuing to develop new content and will update this page as more resources become available. Lessons are marked as to whether they require access to technology for completion (digital) or are designed for students with limited or no access to technology (pdf).
Limited or no access to technology
Operation Curiosity and Wonder (pdf)
Using our powers of observation is the first step in investigating and learning about the natural world. The purpose of “Operation Curiosity and Wonder” is to connect learners to the natural world around them through the Minnesota Department of Education’s rigorous academic standards, provide opportunities for equitable non-digital options and social- emotional learning, and deepen learner understanding about how the world around them works using accessible everyday phenomena.
Download materials for teachers, families and students:
Show Us Your Mussels (pdf)
These lessons were designed to support middle and high school teachers in teaching students about water quality and how to save endangered native freshwater mussels.
Access to technology
Think like an engineer! The Minnesota Zoo’s ZOOM programs present two different Mini-Design Challenges! These weeklong units of study allow students to practice engineering principles while learning about life science. In the first, draw inspiration from nature to create your own solution to a problem using the principles of biomimicry. We can copy how plants and animals solve problems to solve our own problems. In other words, we can engineer FROM nature using biomimicry. In the second, challenge your students to act like zookeepers! Students identify behaviors they like to achieve in their pets and then develop enrichments to enhance these behaviors.
Engineering FROM Animals: Biomimicry Mini-Design Challenge
- Download the following materials:
Engineering FOR Animals: Pet Enrichment Mini-Design Challenge