Educator resources for the 2016 World Conservation Congress

Addressing the theme of this year's World Conservation Congress (WCC), "Planet at a Crossroads," these resources are a starting point for teachers, students and schools to participate and contribute to the primary areas of focus — namely biodiversity, food and water security, and climate change.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Overview

Hawai‘i is welcoming the world in September 2016 for the World Conservation Congress (WCC), a global gathering held every four years organized by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The theme this year is "Planet at the Crossroads," a nod to two competing narratives about the planet's ecological future: one optimistic, one pessimistic. 

A viable alternative to this either-or approach is one that embraces reality — one that acknowledges that we live in a world of complex, interdependent systems, and changes to these systems can either enhance resilience or result in greater instability and uncertainty

Our public schools ha​ve passionate educators and students who are engaged in and leading the issues addressed at the WCC; many schools are themselves evolving into sustainability labs and models of place-based action​. The WCC is a natural fit with these key initiatives:

  • Mālama​​​ Honua​: An educational journey tied to the worldwide voyage of the Hōkū​le‘ā and Hikianalia to inspire sustainable practices to care for "Island Earth;"
  • Nā Hopena A‘o: A framework to develop the skills, behaviors and dispositions that are reminiscent of Hawaiʻi’s unique context, and to honor the qualities and values of the indigenous language and culture of Hawaiʻi; and
  • Next Generation Science Standards:​ To be implemented over the next few years, NGSS offers a deeper learning of science that is multi-dimensional and purposeful. 

We welcome the WCC to Hawai‘i and look forward to the related projects our schools will tackle this year and beyond. If you would like to share your work with us, please contact doe_info@hawaiidoe.org​.

Resource Bank

The goal of this Resource Bank is to provide educators with a starting point for locating resources relevant to the themes of IUCN and WCC, particularly biodiversity, food and water security, and climate change. It's separated into two sections (click here​ for a downloadable document):

Go to: Grades K-1​Grades 2-3 | Grades 4-5 | Middle School | High School ]

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Resource Collection

GENERAL: WCC & IUCN

GRADE(S)

DESCRIPTION

World Conservation CongressGeneral Audience

Conference website for the 2016 WCC in Hawai‘i

International Union for Conservation of NatureGeneral Audience

IUCN Website

HAWAI‘I/PACIFIC RESOURCES

GRADE(S)

DESCRIPTION

My Voyage: Mā​​​lama Honua​K–3

Users of this ​interactive video app visit cultural experts from the ocean to the mountains, gather materials for their own canoe, and take the first steps toward becoming a junior navigator. Proceeds support the Polynesian Voyaging Society and Mā​lama Honua Charter School.

Kōkua Hawaii Foundation:
‘Āina in Schools
K–5

Lessons and resources for school-based garden programs, with components including garden-based learning, waste reduction, agricultural literacy, and nutrition education.

NOAA's Sea Earth Atmosphere Curriculum3–5

Elementary marine science curriculum developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, with a focus on Hawai‘i and the Pacific.

Project Aloha ‘Āina3–7

Project- and place-based units developed by the Native Hawaiian Education Council in partnership with Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language, University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. Units include wetlands, ahupua‘a, streamlife, conservation, and coral reefs.

Papahānaumokuākea:
Educator Resources

4–5

Lessons based on the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands developed by the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument​.

Winged Ambassadors

6-8 and 9-12

This activity package on ocean literacy through the eyes of the albatross was produced by Oikonos - Ecosystem Knowledge and Meghan Marerro in collaboration with Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary and the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument with funding from NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries.

PRISM CurriculaK–8

Lessons developed by UH-Hilo’s Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science Program and Education Department and Hawai‘i Island K-8th grade schools focused on the Hawaiian marine and terrestrial environments, and living Hawaiian culture.

‘Ōhia Project CurriculumK–8

Lessons developed by the Moanalua Gardens Foundation (MGF), along with Bishop Museum and the Hawaii State Department of Education, based on conserving Hawai‘i’s natural environment.

Pīkoi ke Kaula KualenaK–12

Place-based lessons developed by University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa faculty and Hawai‘i teachers relevant to traditional ecological knowledge and sustainability.

Polynesian Voyaging Society Hōkūle‘a Curriculum and ActivitiesK–12

A variety of activities related to traditional Polynesian Voyaging and the Worldwide Voyage of the Hōkū​le‘ā​ and Hikianalia.

Water for LifeK–12

Resources developed to help teachers and students understand the importance of access to and management of fresh drinking water on Pacific Islands.

Project Kahea Loko4–12

Lessons with an emphasize on mālama i ka ʻāina (to care for the land), conserving cultural and natural resources, restoration and maintenance of historic fishponds.

Hō‘ike o Haleakalā​​9–12

A Maui-based multidisciplinary, environmental science education curriculum designed to help students establish and deepen connections to the land and culture.

GENERAL RESOURCES

GRADE(S)

DESCRIPTION

Climate Literacy & Energy Awareness NetworkK–12

Hundreds of reviewed resources aligned to climate and energy literacy topics.

National Energy Education Development (NEED) ProjectK–12

Curriculum resources developed by NEED, with topics including alternative energy sources, climate change, and energy in society.

NGSS @ NSTA Earth and Human Activity LessonsK–12

Lessons curated by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) to align to the NGSS Core Idea ESS3: Earth and Human Activity.

NGSS @ NSTA Biological Evolution:
Unity and Diversity Lessons
K–12

Lessons curated by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) to align to the NGSS Core Idea LS4: Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity. Topics include natural selection, adaptation, and biodiversity and humans.


Grade-specific lessons

Each lesson features highlighted connections to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Practices of Science and Engineering (Practices), Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCIs), and Crosscutting Concepts (CCCs), and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Note that many of the lessons are aligned to older sets of standards, but are still applicable when viewed through the lenses of NGSS and CCSS.


GO TO: Grades 2-3 | Grades 4-5 | Middle School | High School

GRADES K-1

LESSON NGSS CCSS CONNECTIONS
PRACTICESDCI(s)CCC(s)

GRADE K
Build an Anchialine Pond. Students build models of anchialine pond organisms and habitats. Part of a larger unit on anchialine ponds.

Developing and Using Models

Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information

LS2.A Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems

Systems and System Models

Structure and Function

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.K.6 Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas

GRADE K
Humans on Earth: A short video explaining relationship between human needs and the use of natural resources, as well as solutions for preserving them.

Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information

ESS3.C: Human Impacts on Earth Systems

Cause and Effect

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.K.6 Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas

GRADE 1
Hoary Bat: Students observe and describe bat characteristics, and compare bat wings to bird wings. Part of a larger unit on Ahupua‘a.

Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information

Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions

LS1.A: Structure and Function

LS4.C: Adaptation

Structure and Function

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.1 Comprehension and Collaboration

GRADE 1
Hawai‘i’s Rocky Shores: Hidden Animals. Students test their hypotheses on how well different materials could provide protection for animals that live along Hawai‘i’s shorelines. Part of a larger unit on Hawai‘i's Rocky Shores.

Analyzing and Interpreting Data

Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions

Engaging in Argument from Evidence

LS1.A: Structure and Function

Cause and Effect: Mechanism and Explanation

Structure and Function

CCSS.Math.Content.1.MD.C.4 Represent and interpret data.


GRADES 2-3

LESSON NGSS CCSS CONNECTIONS
PRACTICESDCI(s)CCC(s)

GRADE 2
Sandy Shores: Crustacean Critters
Students discuss what crabs need to survive and observe crustacean structures and functions. Part of a larger unit on Hawai‘i's Sandy Shores.

Asking Questions and Defining Problems

Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information

LS1.A: Structure and Function

LS1.C: Organization for Matter and Energy Flow in Organisms

Systems and System Models

Structure and Function

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.2.1 Comprehension and Collaboration

GRADE 2
Let’s Reduce Reuse Recycle
Students explore ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle, including maintaining and observing worm bins.

Planning and Carrying Out Investigations

Analyzing and Interpreting Data

Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions

LS2.A Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems

ETS1: Engineering Design

Energy and Matter: Flows, Cycles, and Conservation

Cause and Effect: Mechanism and Explanation

CCSS.Math.Content.2.MD.A.1 Measure and estimate lengths in standard units.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.2.1 Comprehension and Collaboration

GRADE 3
Invasive Animals and Their Impact
Students participate in a simulation and describe how traits of animals allow them to be invasive. Part of a unit on Hawai‘i's Invasive Animals.

Engaging in Argument from Evidence

LS2.C: Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience

LS4.C: Adaptation

Structure and Function

Cause and Effect: Mechanism and Explanation

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.3.6 Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas

GRADE 3
Solar Energy: Engineer a Solar Water Heater (Lesson 4) — Students design and test a solar water heater. Part of a larger unit on solar energy.

Asking Questions and Defining Problems

Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions

PS3.A: Definitions of Energy

PS3.B: Conservation of Energy and Energy Transfer

ETS1: Engineering Design

Energy and Matter: Flows, Cycles, and Conservation

Cause and Effect: Mechanism and Explanation

Systems and System Models

CCSS.Math.Content.3.MD.A.2 Solve problems involving measurement and estimation


GRADES 4-5

LESSON NGSS CCSS CONNECTIONS
PRACTICESDCI(s)CCC(s)

GRADE 4
Catching the Wind: Number of Blades/Blade Size (Lesson 4)
Students investigate the effects of turbine blade variables on the amount of energy produced by a windmill. Part of a larger unit on wind energy.

Planning and Carrying Out Investigations

Analyzing and Interpreting Data

Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions

PS3.A: Definitions of Energy

PS3.D Energy in Chemical Processes and Everyday Life

Energy and Matter: Flows, Cycles, and Conservation

Cause and Effect: Mechanism and Explanation

CCSS.Math.Content.4.MD.A.1
Solve problems involving measurement and conversion of measurements.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3
Key Ideas and Details

GRADE 4
Alternative Energy Earth Scientist
Students obtain and present information regarding the value and uses of geothermal energy.

Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions

Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information

PS3.B: Conservation of Energy and Energy Transfer

ESS3.A: Natural Resources

Energy and Matter: Flows, Cycles, and Conservation

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.4 Text Types and Purposes

GRADE 5
Invasive Species
Students learn about invasive coqui frogs and salvinia ferns by reading narratives and work to develop solutions to address invasive species in Hawai‘i.

Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions

Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information

LS2.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems

ETS2.B: Influence of Engineering, Technology, and Science on Society and the Natural World

Cause and Effect: Mechanism and Explanation

Stability and Change

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3 Key Ideas and Details

GRADE 5
Bottle Biology Terrarium
Students construct a soda bottle terrarium and observe and describe this ecosystem.

Analyzing and Interpreting Data

LS2.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems

LS2.B: Cycles of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems

Energy and Matter: Flows, Cycles, and Conservation

Systems and System Models

CCSS.Math.Content.5.MD.B.2 Represent and interpret data.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.5.4
Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas


MIDDLE SCHOOL (Grades 6-8)

LESSON NGSS CCSS CONNECTIONS
PRACTICESDCI(s)CCC(s)

Fishing for the Future
Students examine their families’ seafood consumption habits and construct an argument for the conservation of seafood resources. Part of a larger unit on ocean exploration.

Asking Questions and Defining Problems

Engaging in Argument from Evidence

ESS3.A: Natural Resources

ESS3.C: Human Impacts on Earth Systems

LS1.B: Growth and Development of Organisms

Cause and Effect: Mechanism and Explanation

Stability and Change

CCSS.Math.Content.5.MD.B.2 Represent and interpret data.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.5.4
Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas

Habitable Planet Population Simulator
Students use an interactive simulation to explore the relationships between organisms in an ecosystem.

Analyzing and Interpreting Data

Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking

LS2.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems

LS2.B: Cycles of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems

Patterns

Systems and System Models

CCSS.Math.Practice.MP4 Model with mathematics

Design a Preserve
(student handouts)
Students act as natural resource managers to design and manage a nature preserve for Native Hawaiian plants and animals.

Analyzing and Interpreting Data

Developing Models

ESS3.C: Human Impacts on Earth Systems

LS4.D: Biodiversity and Humans

Energy and Matter: Flows, Cycles, and Conservation

Systems and System Models

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.6.2 Comprehension and Collaboration

What is the Future of Earth’s Climate?
Through a sequence of five interactive activities, students analyze data to understand relationships between environmental factors and global climate change.

Analyzing and Interpreting Data

Developing Models

PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter

ESS3.D: Global Climate Change

Stability and Change

Cause and Effect: Mechanism and Explanation

CCSS.Math.Practice.MP4 Model with mathematics

CCSS.Math.Content.5.MD.B.2 Represent and interpret data

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.6.2 Comprehension and Collaboration

Save Our Water!
Students explore issues related to surface and groundwater in Hawaii and create an action plan for restoring and protecting these water sources.

Asking Questions and Defining Problems

Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions

ESS2.C: The Roles of Water in Earth’s Surface Processes

ESS3.C: Human Impacts on Earth Systems

Energy and Matter: Flows, Cycles, and

Cause and Effect: Mechanism and Explanation

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.6.2 Comprehension and Collaboration

Atmospheric Pollution and Global Warming, Pohina I Ka Uahi (Hazy with Smoke)
Students determine sources of air pollution and the relationship of air pollution to climate change, then explore how historical insights from Hawaiian language newspapers could guide solutions to future climate change related issues.

Planning and Carrying Out Investigations

Analyzing and Interpreting Data

Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking

Engaging in Argument from Evidence

ESS2.D: Weather and Climate

ESS3.C: Human Impacts on Earth Systems

ESS3.D: Global Climate Change

Patterns

Cause and Effect: Mechanism and Explanation

Stability and Change

CCSS.Math.Content.5.MD.B.2 Represent and interpret data

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.7.2 Comprehension and Collaboration

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.7.5 Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas


HIGH SCHOOL (Grades 9-12)

LESSON NGSS CCSS CONNECTIONS
PRACTICESDCI(s)CCC(s)

Aquaponics
A framework for a unit in which students examine ecosystems and sustainability through a quarter-long project. The outline provides ideas and flexibility for individual teachers and schools.

Planning and Carrying Out Investigations

Analyzing and Interpreting Data

Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions

Developing and Using Models

PS1.B: Chemical Reactions

LS2.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems

LS2.B: Cycles of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems

Energy and Matter: Flows, Cycles, and Conservation

Systems and System Models

CCSS.Math.Content.HSS.IC.B.5 Make inferences and justify conclusions from sample surveys, experiments, and observational studies

CCSS.Literacy.ELA-SL-9-10.4 Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas

UN Climate Council
Students act as members of the United Nations Climate Council to identify and address the major factors associated with climate change.

Engaging in Argument from Evidence

Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information

ESS3.C: Human Impacts on Earth Systems

ESS3.D: Global Climate Change

Cause and Effect: Mechanism and Explanation

Patterns

Stability and Change

CCSS.Math.Practice.MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively

CCSS.Math.Practice.MP.4 Model with mathematics

Engineering Desalinators STEM Unit
Through a sequence of lessons, students develop a definition of potable water, then design and test water desalinators.

Analyzing and Interpreting Data

Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions

Developing and Using Models
Planning and Carrying Out Investigations

ETS1: Engineering Design

PS3.A: Definitions of Energy

PS3.B: Conservation of Energy and Energy Transfer

Cause and Effect: Mechanism and Explanation

Energy and Matter: Flows, Cycles, and Conservation

CCSS.Math.Content.HSS-ID.A.2Summarize, represent, and interpret data on a single count or measurement variable

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1Comprehension and Collaboration

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.9-10.4 Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas

Population Explosion
Students use a computer model to manipulate variables to determine factors that impact population size over time.

Analyzing and Interpreting Data

Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking

LS2.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems

LS2.B: Cycles of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems

LS2.C: Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience

Cause and Effect: Mechanism and Explanation

Systems and System Models

CCSS.Math.Practice.MP.4 Model with mathematics

Calculating Biodiversity in the Real World
Students calculate and compare biodiversity in two different local environments.

Analyzing and Interpreting Data

Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking

LS2.C: Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience

LS4.D: Biodiversity and Humans

Scale, Proportion, and Quantity

Patterns

CCSS.Math.Practice.MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively

CCSS.Math.Practice.MP.4 Model with mathematics

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.2 Text Types and Purposes

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