Free Curriculum & Lessons

Web-Based and Project-Based Curriculum

AWCC has teamed up with Bear Trust International and Inspired Classroom to develop science-based education programs rooted in research and ecology.  All lessons meet Alaska and National Science Standards and address STEM goals.

What makes this curriculum unique:

  • Free, web-based and project-based
  • Students use real data from field studies on wild bears
  • Students use wildlife science technology (GPA, GIA, population modeling tools)
  • Lessons raise conservation awareness while honing skills in science, math, and technology
  • STEM lessons teach environmental literacy at a global level
  • Program provides “teach the teachers” workshops and professional development courses
  • Program includes both a narrative component and a STEM component

Wood Bison Curriculum

The Wood Bison Curriculum is available for FREE. Click a tab below to find videos, fact sheets and more! Information and downloads are also available on Bear Trust International’s website. By design, this lesson does not require teachers to know anything about wood bison but meets a variety of standards. For a complete description and list, please see the end of the Teacher’s Guide.

Lesson Synopsis
This lesson uses the flipped learning model where teachers don’t stand before the class and lecture. Instead, students become wood bison scientists and “discover” the answers to real-world research questions through scientific inquiry. Using real-world data, students work individually and as a class to determine WHERE on the Alaskan landscape a captive herd of wood bison can be restored.

STEM Lesson

Natural History Lesson

Grizzly Bear Curriculum

The Grizzly Bear Curriculum is available for FREE. Click a tab below to find videos, fact sheets and more! Information and downloads are also available on Bear Trust International’s website. By design, this lesson does not require teachers to know anything about grizzly bears, but meets a variety of standards. For a complete description and list, please see the end of the Teacher’s Guide.

Lesson Synopsis
This lesson uses the flipped learning model where teachers don’t stand before the class and lecture. Instead, students become grizzly bear scientists and “discover” the answers to real-world research questions through scientific inquiry. Using real-world data collected over 30 years on grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, students work individually, in three teams and as a class to determine whether or not this grizzly bear population is biologically ready for delisting.

STEM Lesson

  • Teacher’s Guide
  • Answer Key of the teacher’s guide is pass code protected and available only to teachers. If you are a school teacher or educator at an organization and want the pass code, it’s easy to get! Email Bear Trust International here! They will verify your teaching status and then send you the pass code.
  • Introductory Video
  • SlideShow which includes results, graphs and other answers to questions. The slideshow is passcode protected and available only to teachers. If you are a school teacher or educator at an organization and want the passcode, it’s easy to get! Email Bear Trust International here! They will verify your teaching status and then send you the passcode.
  • Ecology Cards

Version A is designed to be more challenging and tasks students with doing calculations to fill in missing values in excel spreadsheets, graph data, and interpret findings.  Version B is spiraled down a bit (cell values are filled in all of the excel spreadsheets).

  • Optional Extension Paper
  • The Bear Essentials Curriculum Guide – 9 STEM lessons to teach ecological and conservation concepts, but is pass code protected and available only to teachers. If you are a school teacher or educator at an organization and want the pass code, it’s easy to get! Email Bear Trust International here! They will verify your teaching status and then send you the pass code.
  • Bear Basics – 8 STEM lessons to teach ecology, conservation, research and stories about the 8 bear species worldwide, but is pass code protected and available only to teachers. If you are a school teacher or educator at an organization and want the pass code, it’s easy to get! Email Bear Trust International here! They will verify your teaching status and then send you the pass code.

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