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Click on each Finding Common Ground module below for extension and supplemental activities, not included in the print curriculum, and select related Web resources.

Module 1: In My Own Backyard
Module 2: Understanding Habitat: The Temperate Forest Biome
Module 3: Exploring Temperate Forests: Biodiversity and Interdependence
Module 4: Smithsonian's National Zoo Research and Conservation
Module 5: People and the Forest
Module 6: What You Can Do!

Module 1 ~ In My Own Backyard

Selected Teacher Resources
Download Module 1 1.2M PDF for a complete list of teacher resources and for the core activity lesson plan with reproducible student worksheets.

USDA Plant Species Life Form

Forest Biology and Dendrology (Virginia Tech)
Includes leaf and twig dichotomous keys and useful fact sheets

Module 2 ~ Understanding Habitat: The Temperate Forest Biome

Extension Activity
Hands-on Forest Field Study 115k PDF
We provide suggestions for conducting field investigations using a forested plot as a living laboratory.

Selected Teacher Resources
Download Module 2 1.3M PDF for a complete list of teacher resources and for the core activity lesson plan with reproducible student worksheets.

A Walk in the Forest (Dirt Detective: Trees and Soils Walk, Seasonal Changes Walk, I.D. a Tree Walk)
Through six interactive field studies, students explore and monitor the biodiversity of a virtual Virginia forest using authentic scientific methods and tools.

Mission Biome: Temperate Deciduous Forest (NASA)

Module 3 ~ Exploring the Temperate Forest: Biodiversity and Interdependence

Supplemental Activity
Rotting Log Researchers and Decaying Leaf Detectives
Students deepen their understanding of interdependence in the forest community by examining a virtual and real rotting log habitat.

Supporting Resources
Mini-Lesson: Energy and Feeding Relationships 535k PDF

A Walk in the Forest: Forest Layers Walk (Virtual Rotting Log Study)

Selected Teacher Resources
Download Module 3 1.1M PDF for a complete list of teacher resources and for the core activity lesson plan with reproducible student worksheets.

China & United States Flora & Fauna Comparison

Temperate Forest Flora and Fauna: China and the United States 535k PDF

Endangered Animals in China

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Conservation Hotspots and Ecoregions

Appalachian and Mixed Mesophytic Forests: Ecoregion 69, Nearctic (World Wildlife Fund)

Southwest China Temperate Forests: Ecoregion 70, Palearctic (World Wildlife Fund)

Hengduan Shan Coniferous Forests: Ecoregion 80, Palearctic (World Wildlife Fund)

Conservation Status
2003 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Endangered Species Program

Module 4 ~ Smithsonian's National Zoological Park Research and Conservation

Extension Activity
The Zoo and You! Smithsonian's National Zoological Park Profiles 250k PDF
Students explore the diversity of science, education, and public relations careers at the National Zoo through interviews with National Zoo scientists.

Zoo Jobs (Smithsonian's National Zoological Park)
Ology (American Museum of Natural History)

Selected Teacher Resources
Download Module 4 1.2M PDF for a complete list of teacher resources and for the core activity lesson plan with reproducible student worksheets.

Behind the Scenes: Research and Conservation at the National Zoo 395k PDF

What Do You Do at the Zoo? 395k PDF

Giant Panda Research at the Zoo and in China

PandaCam


Module 5 ~ People and the Forest: Historical, Cultural, Economic, and Ecological Perspectives

Pre-Activity
Forests and People: From Ancient Sumer to Appalachia 285k PDF
Students create graphs, timelines, and pie charts to demonstrate how people have used forests for millennia. They also examine social and cultural perceptions of forests through time, and explore the impacts of a forest-related issue on a local community.

Extension Activity
US Habitat Conservation Connection: North American Black Bear
Students make connections between the challenges the giant panda faces in China with similar conservation challenges in North America by examining the black bear. "Seeking Safe Passage" (National Wildlife® magazine, June/July 2002, pp. 18-27) discusses how wildlife corridors in Florida and California have helped connect isolated black bear habitats, just as in the case of the giant panda in China. Students can consult these helpful links to learn more about black bear conservation:

North American Bear Center

The American Bear Association (Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary)

Selected Teacher Resources
Download Module 5 870k PDF for a complete list of teacher resources and for the core activity lesson plan with reproducible student worksheets.

Conservation Challenges and Promising Developments in Temperate Forest and Giant Panda Conservation 255k PDF

Integrated Conservation Development Projects(ICDPS)
(ZooGoer, January/February 2001, Special Giant Panda Issue)

Reserve Challenges
Endangered Pandas Not Safe in Chinese Nature Reserve (ENS)

Science Study Highlights Increasing Threats to Giant Pandas' Survival, WWF Says


Module 6 ~ What You Can Do!

Possible Action Plan: Planning New Habitat 545k PDF

Selected Teacher Resources
Download Module 6 1.3M PDF for a complete list of teacher resources and for the core activity lesson plan with reproducible student worksheets.

Basic Guidelines for Developing Your Class Conservation Action Plan 125k PDF

Natural Resources Defense Council

Make a Difference: Be Informed, Be Aware, and Make Choices to Help Biodiversity

"The Human Footprint and the Last of the Wild" (Bioscience, October 2002, vol. 52 No. 10)
Humans take up 83 percent of the Earth's land surface to live on, farm, mine, or fish, leaving few areas for wildlife.

Ecological Footprint Quiz
Are you walking lightly or stomping around? Students can see what impact their actions have on the environment.


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