I’m proud to continue my work with Dawn Dish Soap as a Wildlife Ambassador to spread the word about their commitment to wildlife rescue and rehabilitation. This is a sponsored post.
Last week on Penguin Awareness Day, I had the honor of joining Dawn and Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium as they launched a new national in-classroom and web accessible STEM curriculum called NextGen Animal Responders. Dawn and the Shedd are rolling out this program as part of the larger Dawn Helps Save Wildlife campaign with an aim to connect local teachers and students with a singular goal: to educate the next generation about the importance of wildlife conservation.
NextGen Animal Responders provides teachers with a handful of free lessons plans aligned with Next Generation Science Standards geared toward fifth through eighth grade students. Read below to learn about a related contest for an awesome Shedd Aquarium field trip, too.
The creative lessons aim to increase students’ environmental and science literacy through Shedd animal rescue and rehabilitation stories (river otters! penguins! coral!). The lessons include background resources that bridge an important connection to nature. They also highlight the important role of institutions like the Shedd that provide urban and suburban students with opportunities to learn about and, in some way, experience, distant ecosystems. As you’ll note in the first two lessons, it’s one thing to rescue an otter, but it’s another issue to help it thrive in human-made environment.
Another exciting aspect of the NextGen Animal Responders is that, thanks to Dawn, the Shedd will partner with 25 Chicago Public Schools to provide a free in-classroom roadshow that will include Shedd experts and resources to engage students.
Chicagoland Schools: Enter to Win an Awesome Shedd Aquarium Field Trip
In an effort to encourage a hands-on approach to wildlife preservation and stewardship, Dawn and the Shedd are hosting a NextGen Animal Responders contest that will provide one Chicago metro area classroom with the field trip of a lifetime, a behind-the-scenes visit to the Shedd and get an up-close peek at their wildlife rescue and rehab efforts!
Starting now through April 7, 2017, Chicago-area teachers of grades 5-8 can submit brief video entries that detail their student’s wildlife conservation and preservation interests, efforts (or aspirations), and commitment. Read the full entry details and rules here.
The winning classroom students along with their teacher and four other chaperones will receive entry, transportation and the best Shedd field trip ever!
It’s free to enter and the NextGen Animal Responder curriculum is free to download, so click on over and get busy! Follow #AnimalResponders on social media to see what others are doing with the lesson plans and the contest.