Lessons & Activities
Browse lessons and activities from EOL and our partners. Lessons and activities include relevant materials, EOL Collections and podcasts that can be used to supplement existing curriculum or on their own. These activities are aimed at upper elementary and middle school students but can be modified for elementary or high school students.
Right Whale, Eubalaena glacialis (Communication)
Winter Survival (Hibernation)
Students will explore how animals prepare for periods of hibernation, dormancy or torpor (inactivity). This activity was designed by Outdoor Biology Instructional Strategies (Lawrence Hall of Science) and accompanied by an EOL collection and game.
OBIS Lesson Plan and Activity: Animal Anti-freeze (Partner: OBIS)
EOL Surviving Winter Species Collection
EOL Surviving Winter Memory Game
Students will experience that an animals coloring, markings, shape or behavior can help it camouflage or hide itself from predators or prey. This activity was designed by Outdoor Biology Instructional Strategies (Lawrence Hall of Science) and accompanied by an EOL collection and game.
OBIS Lesson Plan and Activity: Invent an Animal (Partner: OBIS)
EOL Camouflage Species Collection
An Octopus changing its appearance, color and body structure (Video)
A Pygmy Seahorse as it blends in with its coral host (Video)
A cuttlefish hides among rock reefs and seaweed (Video)
A canyon treefrog in the Santa Catalina Mountains, Arizona, USA. (Video)
Adaptations: Create a Creature
Understanding and Using the Taxonomic Ranking System is a classification activity from Animal Diversity Web, an EOL Content Partner. (Appropriate for ages 10-13 or middle school)
Sea Slugs, Elysia chlorotica
These ’Bioblitz Skillbuilders’ are a collection of short 10-20 minute engaging activities that target development of observation, identification, and classification skills and build a foundation for understanding and appreciating biodiversity.
- Meet a Creature
- ID That Bird! Using Field Guides
- How Diverse is Biodiversity?
- Modeling Classification
- ID with a Dichotomous Key
Exploring Food Webs
The ’Exploring Food Webs’ activities address ecological concepts of energy flow through an ecosystem, trophic relationships, and interconnectedness of organisms in local habitats of Okaloosa County, Florida, but can be adapted for any community. These activities utilize EOL tools and resources through technological applications (Interactive Food Web Tool), classroom group work (EOL trait cards), and short field experiences.
- Lesson Overview - Food Webs
- Activity 1: Producers, Consumers, Decomposers
- Activity 2: Food Web Systems
- Activity 3: Exploring Food Chains and Webs
Learn how this mysterious form of life, neither animal nor vegetable, shapes our world. This podcast has two lesson plans - please see links below.