McHenry County Schools Environmental Education Program

Lending Kits: Biodiversity & Habitats

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Kits have lesson plan binder and most materials to execute lesson plan. They also include additional resource information (books, references, etc.).

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Primary Kit (Grades K-2): My Big Backyard
Featuring IDNR Field Trip Pack

My Big Backyard
Content Highlights: Lessons Highlights:
  • Aluminum Pan
  • Audubon Bird Call
  • Bird Song Identifier
  • Bushnell Binoculars (2)
  • Compass
  • Dip Net
  • Plastic Forceps (10)
  • Insect Viewing Cubes (2)
  • Magnifying Glasses (5)
  • Measuring Tape
  • Observation Container w/ Magnifier Lid and Grid on Bottom
  • Plant Press
  • Port-a-Bug Container
  • Sand Sieve
  • Trowel
  • Animal Tracks - Illinois book
  • Audubon Society Clouds and Storm Pocket Guide
  • Peterson First Guide - collection of 7 identification books
  • Material Instruction Sheet
  • Top Ten Things for Early Childhood Students to Do Outdoors
  • Natural Illinois - Easy and Active Lessons Ready to Do (Spanish and English instructions)

 

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Primary Kit (Grades K-2): A McHenry County Landscape

A McHenry County Landscape - Primary Kit
Content Highlights: Lesson Highlights:
  • Books:
    • Bobby Bluesteam
    • Kids Want to Know - Animals and Their Hiding Places
    • Kids Want to Know - Creatures of the Woods
    • A Tree for All Seasons
    • Trees
    • Once There Was a Tree
    • Where Once There Was a Wood
    • Scoot
    • A Place for Butterflies
    • Animal Predators - Owls
    • Slime, Scales and Mudpuppy Tails
    • Where in the Wild? Camouflaged Creatures Concealed... and Revealed
    • Help the Environment, Caring for Nature
  • Games and Interactive:
    • Butterflies of the World
    • Up Close and Gross
    • The Bug Game
    • The Wild Seed Game (2)
    • Bug Bingo
    • Bird Bingo
    • Soft stuffed birds with sounds
  • Poster: A to Z from a Tree
  • IDNR Kids for Trees - DVD and VHS
  • Discovery Kit Trees
  • Take a Walk Books - Take a Walk with Butterflies and Dragonflies
  • IDNR - Masters of the Air: Illinois Birds of Prey
  • US Forest Service - Finding My Forest
  • The Young Scientist's Introduction to Wetlands

 

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Elementary Kit (Grades 2-5): Illinois Wild Mammals

Illinois Wild Mammals
Content Highlights: Lessons Highlights:
  • Pelts, Skulls, Scat & Tracks of several animals:
    • White-Tailed Deer
    • Coyote
    • Mink
    • Muskrat
    • Squirrel
    • Beaver
    • Raccoon
    • Striped Skunk
    • Virginia Opossum
  • Furbearers of Illinois DVD
  • Fur Hunting and Trapping DVD
  • Illinois Wild Mammals poster
  • Track Finder book
  • Peterson first Guide to Mammals book
  • Golden Guide to Mammals book
  • Animal Track ID Key Chain

 

Illinois Wild Mammals Kit full contents checklist

  • Activity Books:
    • A Year with Wildlife
    • Creatures of the Night
    • Illinois Mammals
    • Mammals from Illinois' Past
  • Correlation to Illinois Learning Standards
  • Illinois Biodiversity CD-ROM
  • Bats and You, Bats and Rabies brochures
  • Stop! Look! and Listen brochure
  • Wood Projects for Illinois Wildlife booklet

 

Illinois Wild Mammals Kit full lessons binder checklist

 

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Elementary Kit (Grades 2-5): People & Animals from Illinois' Past

People & Animals from Illinois' Past
Content Highlights: Lesson Highlights:
  • Arrowheads
  • Mammoth Hair
  • Mastodon Tooth
  • Gourd
  • Mussel Shell
  • Beaver Bowl
  • Duck Pot
  • Pipe
  • Poster tube with multiple posters
  • Cahokia City of the Sun book
  • Cahokia Mounds Ancient Metropolis DVD
  • Golden Guide North American Indian Arts book
  • Native American Animal Stories book

 

People and Animals from Illinois' Past full contents checklist

  • Activity Books:
    • Dickson Mounds
    • Journey to Cahokia
    • Los indigenas Americanos y la naturaleza en Illinois
    • Mississippian Tub
    • Mamíferos de Illinois del pasado
    • Mammals from Illinois' Past
    • Native Americans and Nature in Illinois
    • Peoples of the Past
  • Correlation to Illinois Learning Standards
  • Illinois Antiquity: Archaeological Sites of Illinois

 

People and Animals from Illinois' Past full lessons binder checklist

 

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Elementary Kit (Grades 2-5): A McHenry County Landscape

A McHenry County Landscape - Elementary Kit
Content Highlights: Lesson Highlights:
  • Books:
    • A Day on the Prairie
    • Audubon Field Guide to North American Birds
    • Field Guide Amphibians and Reptiles of Illinois
    • Forest Explorer
    • Slime, Scales, and Mudpuppy Tails
    • Butterfly Identification and Gardening Book
    • Gardener's Encyclopedia of Wild Flowers
    • Animal Tracks and Signs
    • Animals And Their Hiding Places
    • Chicago Wilderness - An Atlas of Biodiversity
  • Games and Interactive:
    • The Cutest Nature Book Ever!
    • Keeping a Nature Journal
    • Fandex - Birds
    • Up Close and Gross
    • IDNR Trading Card sets
    • Bird Bingo
    • 3 wooden "sound" frogs
  • Finding My Forest
  • Take a Walk Books -
    • Take A Backyard Bird Walk
    • Take a Tree Walk
    • Take a Wetlands Walk
    • Take a Winter Nature Walk
    • Take a City Nature Walk
  • IDNR - Illinois Common Birds
  • US Forest Service - Finding My Forest
  • The Young Scientist's Introduction to Wetlands
  • IDNR Furbearers of Illinois

 

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Intermediate Kit (Grades 6-8): The Midwest Prairie Eco-System

The Midwest Prairie Eco-System
Content Highlights: Lesson Highlights:
  • Reference copy of the Educator's Guide to Chicago Wilderness including lesson plans
  • New Explorers Video
  • CW Atlas of Biodiversity
  • Picture of house, map of Fredrickson Woods, and letter from Jamal Tillman used to introduce problem 1
  • Coyote research, scat replica, and mandible (tooth) used to introduce problem 2
  • Map of Butterfly Creek, description of creek by Derek/Sara, and grand application used to introduce problem 3
  • 6 field guides to: insects, birds, mammals, reptiles/amphibians, and wildflowers in stand
  • Animal pelt
  • Chicago Wilderness poster
  • Map of the 6-county Chicago Wilderness Region from Northeaster Planning Commission
  • Set of animal tracks: barred owl, rabbit, wood duck, coyote, deer, beaver and squirrel and track identification card
  • Set of 4 strips of lawn edging used in pitfall trap lesson
  • Copies of overhead transparency used in coyote radio telemetry lesson
  • Set of 10 food web cards used in food chain lesson
  • 1 copy of Where the Wild Ones Are used in garden lesson
  • 1 identification chart of stream insects and crustaceans
  • Lessons included in kit binder

 

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Intermediate Kit (Grades 6-9): Invasive Species

Invasive Species
Content Highlights: Lessons Highlights:
  • Several CDs and DVDs regarding biodiversity and invasive ecology in Illinois
  • Invasive Ecology lesson plans and activity books including Invasive Ecology - Student Edition and Invasive Ecology - Teacher's Guide
  • Correlation to Illinois Learning Standards
  • Exotic, Invasive Species in Illinois booklet
  • Exploring Illinois' Natural Resources DVD
  • Invasive Plants of the United States DVD-ROM & guide
  • Hands-on COOL materials and samples of invasive species:
    • emerald ash borer
    • crayfish
    • ruffe
    • smelt
    • sea lamprey
    • zebra mussel shells
    • garlic mustard replica
    • purple loosestrife replica

Invasive Species Kit full contents checklist

  • Lessons included in kit binder

 

Add-Ons

Add-Ons are simply more involved hands-on resources that a teacher might like to "add on" to their unit or their rented kit.

Insect Exploration Fox and Kishwaukee River Animal Tracks Kit
Insect Exploration
Bug Vacuum, Bug Habitat, Up Close & Gross, various books on insects
Age level: Primary & Elementary
Fox & Kishwaukee River Animal Tracks Kit
Explore and cast various animal tracks
Age level: Primary - Intermediate
Animal Tracks Discover Wild Kit

Animal Tracks
Set of North American animal tracks

Discover Wild Kit
Tactile animal pelts engage students. Learning about wildlife homes, adaptations and conservation with animal pelts, pictures, and lesson plan challenges.
Planet Earth - Primary Kit Planet Earth - Elementary Kit

Planet Earth - Primary Kit
A variety of books, games and DVDs featuring habitats from around the world

Planet Earth - Elementary Kit
A variety of books, games and DVDs featuring habitats from around the world
Native American History  

Native American History
A sustainable lifestyle

 

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The following BOOK BUNDLE is also available for borrowing. It includes:

  • A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold
  • An Atlas of Biodiversity by Chicago Wilderness
  • America's Great Wilderness
  • I Love Dirt: 52 Activities to Help You and Your Kids to Discover the Wonders of Nature by Jennifer Ward
  • Invasive Plants - Weeds of the Global Garden by Brooklyn Botanic Gardens
  • The Tallgrass Restoration Handbook for Prairies, Savannahs and Woodlands by Packard & Mutel
  • Edible Wild Plants of the Prairie by Kelly Kindscher
  • Wild Plant Family Cookbook by Patricia Armstrong
  • Prairie Plants of Illinois
  • Wildflowers of the Great Lakes Region by Roberta Simonds and Henrietta Weedie
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