15 Minute Field Trips

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By 15 Minute Field Trips
This activity can be one year-round, but is especially great to deal with cabin fever and get some short time outdoors. This download now includes six sorting circles to organize by growth type and more ideas to teach about biodiversity,
Subjects:
Earth Sciences, Winter, Earth Day
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Homeschool Curricula, Science Centers, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.L.4, CCRA.L.6
$4.00
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By 15 Minute Field Trips
Useful and colorful info graphic for teaching about insects and host plants. Includes facts about milkweed, human use of milkweed, and several insect species that interact with milkweed, using my photography taken in the field as I studied the
Subjects:
Biology, Environment, Visual Arts
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Posters, Activities, Printables
CCSS:
RI.2.1, RI.3.1
$5.00
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By 15 Minute Field Trips
Go out with clipboards full of visual guides, pencils, and the activity data sheet to draw and collect data on.  Look for food remains, burrows, nests, galls, tracks, and scat.  Draw and note what you find and where you found it!  What animal made
Subjects:
Biology, Environment, Visual Arts
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Worksheets, Science Centers, Activities
$8.00
$6.00
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By 15 Minute Field Trips
Learn about 10 frog and toad species native to the Northeast with these carefully illustrated cards! A four card copy sheet is included to help students do research ad draw their own species! Also includes instructions for fun trivia game, I.D.
Subjects:
Other (ELA), Science, Arts
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Montessori, Internet Activities, Printables
CCSS:
3.G.A.1, CCRA.L.1, CCRA.L.2, CCRA.L.4, CCRA.L.6
$12.00
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By 15 Minute Field Trips
You mean they're not just pine trees? This two page guide is great for the field or the home/classroom to identify pine, fir, spruce, hemlock, juniper, cedar, larch, and more! Laminate it and take it outdoors to identify conifer trees in the
Subjects:
Winter, Visual Arts, Vocabulary
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Homeschool Curricula, Activities, Word Walls
CCSS:
SL.K.3, SL.K.4, SL.K.5, SL.K.6, SL.1.4, SL.1.5, SL.1.6, L.1.1f, L.1.4, L.1.4b, L.1.5a...
$4.00
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By 15 Minute Field Trips
Great for the classroom or the individual, this download includes a quick guide to common Northeastern birds found at feeders in the winter and a double tally sheet to track birds over the season. Results can be tallied and graphed (bar and pie),
Subjects:
Graphing, Environment, Winter
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Homeschool Curricula, Montessori, Activities
CCSS:
K.CC.A.1, K.CC.B.4, K.CC.C.6, 2.MD.B.6, 2.MD.D.10, 3.MD.B.3, 2.NBT.A.3, 2.NBT.B.8, 1.G.A.1, 1.G.A.2, 1.G.A.3...
$8.00
$6.00
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By 15 Minute Field Trips
Learn how to identify broadleaf trees and conifers and how trees can mitigate climate change. Go in depth with oaks, galls, and what we get from trees! These are great for science centers and field work, and to start discussions on the importance
Subjects:
Science, Earth Sciences
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Homeschool Curricula, Science Centers, Printables
$12.00
Digital Download PDF (473.97 MB)
By 15 Minute Field Trips
Make countless crafts based on Hopi kachina spirit guides and your imagination!  Great for ages 7 and up, or younger with adult help.  A great family activity!
Subjects:
Earth Sciences, Native Americans, Arts
Grades:
Homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Homeschool Curricula, Cultural Activities, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.L.4, CCRA.L.6
$6.00
Digital Download PDF (1.47 MB)
By 15 Minute Field Trips
Chances are there's an oak tree nearby. What a great opportunity to learn about life cycles, habitats, and more! This informational page with original photography gives a basic introduction to oaks, and is a great stepping stone into outdoor
Subjects:
Environment, Autumn, Visual Arts
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Homeschool Curricula, Montessori, Science Centers
$4.00
Digital Download PDF (1.51 MB)
By 15 Minute Field Trips
Combining art theory and science, students create abstract works of art based on the shapes and movements of paramecium. This activity pushes problem-solving and creativity, recognizing and developing symbols, shapes, and patterns, and getting
Subjects:
Biology, Environment, Visual Arts
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Homeschool Curricula, Internet Activities
$4.00
Digital Download PDF (3.96 MB)
By 15 Minute Field Trips
Want to teach about human impact on the environment and open up discussion about climate change? Follow the (mis)adventures of Koshare, the Kachina who teaches by doing everything wrong. Use the scenario cards to see if he makes a bad, uninformed
Subjects:
Problem Solving, Environment, Native Americans
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
Simulations, Printables, Games
$8.00
$6.00
Digital Download PDF (0.79 MB)
By 15 Minute Field Trips
Learn how to identify common mushrooms in the Northeast and what part they play in the environment. In industry, mushrooms have been used in insulation, packaging, plastics, textiles, biofuel, filters, and fabric dyes. Mushrooms can bioaccumulate
Subjects:
Earth Sciences, Environment
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Homeschool Curricula, Activities
$6.00
Digital Download PDF (0.92 MB)
By 15 Minute Field Trips
In this inch-wide, mile-deep approach, this infographic covers pollination, parts of a flower, insects that pollinate, and the specially adapted parts of bees. It's a great way to introduce this topic and spark further inquiry. Original
Subjects:
Science, Biology, Environment
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Homeschool Curricula, Handouts, Printables
$4.00
Digital Download PDF (38.95 MB)
By 15 Minute Field Trips
Learn about monarch butterflies and cecropia moths, host plants, life cycles, and more and make two art projects based on your learning.
Subjects:
Geometry, Biology, Visual Arts
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Homeschool Curricula, Activities, Printables
$4.00
Digital Download PDF (59.75 MB)
By 15 Minute Field Trips
Want to teach animal behaviors to a lively class of 25 outside? Arm them with clipboards and this page and have them sit or kneel in a warm location near dirt. My kindergartners sat on our front walkway and observed ant behaviors among the grass
Subjects:
Biology, Environment
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Cooperative Learning, Homeschool Curricula, Fun Stuff
$2.50
Digital Download PDF (0.31 MB)
By 15 Minute Field Trips
Great guide to laminate and take with you as you explore outdoors looking for bugs! This gives you a lot of great information on beetles and the role they play in the environment!
Subjects:
Science, Biology, Environment
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Printables
$4.00
Digital Download PDF (0.28 MB)
By 15 Minute Field Trips
Protect water through art. Learn about native and invasive species through fish prints. This is a great stepping stone to introduce the food web and point-source pollution.
Subjects:
Biology, Environment, Visual Arts
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Projects
CCSS:
RI.4.1, RI.4.2
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Pre-K to grade 5 interdisciplinary art teacher, integrating art with science, math, ELA, and environmental studies.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Hands-on, experiential. Field work and citizen science with grades K-5. Designing custom field trips for K-5 students for 15 minutes to 1.5 hours, exploring nature and capturing it through art.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Cirino Education Grant 2001 • RIPIN Grant 2006 • Rhode Island Foundation Arts in Academia Grant 2007, 2016 • ArtsReach Grant 2008 and 2009 • ABC6/Audubon Poster Contest winner (student work) 2008 • The Power of Art Scholarship 2008 • YAM and RI Alliance for Art Education participant (student work) • PS2013-2017 • ASRI Environmental Educator of the Year 2012 • Whole Foods Garden Grant 2014 • Seed Savers Grant 2016 • Wheels to Woods grant 2017 • Loraine Tisdale Award 2017 • Carter Spark grant 2018 • Schoolyard Habitats (USFWS) 2018

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Education/Certifications: • University of Rhode Island, Master Gardener certification, 2011 • Lesley University, Master of Education, May 2006, summa cum laude • Rhode Island College, BS/Art Education and BFA/Painting, May 1999, magna cum laude • Cumberland High School, Diploma with Honors Trainings/Workshops: • Intro to EE, Cornell, 2017 • GLOBE, Soil and Precipitation Protocols, 2016 • Project Learning Tree, 2016 • Project Wild, 2016, K-12 Curriculum and Activity Guide • Sustainable Schools Summit, 2012 • URI Master Gardener 2011 • ASRI, Schoolyard Science for an Urban Ecosystem, 2010

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Professional Affiliations/Memberships: Audubon Society of Rhode Island • NEA/RIEA • RIEEA • National Wildlife Federation (Certified Wildlife Habitat) • Roger Williams Park Zoo • URI MGA/Desourdy School Garden Central RI Administrator Website: 15minutefieldtrips.blogspot.com Youtube: 15 Minute Field Trips Lectures/Workshops at School Gardening 101 Conference 2015 and NEEEA Conference 2016, and on the topics of insects, citizen science, school gardens, and sustainable gardening practices.

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