Missouri Environmental Education Association

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Header Picture Captions: Left to Right: Friends of Rock Bridge Memorial S.P. Nature Detectives, Summer 2010; Academie Lafayette, Kansas City, Stream Class; Sustain Mizzou Green Team recycling at an MU home football game, Columbia. If you have pictures of your students learning aout or working in the environment (with permissions) send them to weaverjc@missouri.edu and we will post them.

Missouri Environmental Education News February 2015

Staying Warm

Staying Warm beneath Starry Skies by Ben Banet. 2nd Place in the People and the Environment Category, Missouri DNR40 Photo Contest. See this and other award winning photos at http://dnr.mo.gov/40/photocontest/or in the Winter 2015 Issue of the Missouri Resources Magazine, free to Missouri residents.

MIssouri Outdoor Summit

March 19-20 Runge Conservation Nature Center, Jefferson City

Studies show that spending time outdoors enhances mental and physical health, outdoor education increases student learning, and stewardship activities help connect people to the natural world around us. This Summit is for people interested in thinking strategically about how to increase outdoor opportunities in their communities, and in helping connect residents – children and adults – to those opportunities; including health professionals, parks and recreation departments, education professionals, youth group organizers, volunteers, and more. Learn more and register at http://confedmo.org/missouri-outdoor-summit/

Environmental and Nature Art Contests

There are several state, national and international art contests througout the year. See a list of contests and deadlines below. Vist MEEA's grants and awards page for details. Search by deadline

Grants, Awards and Contests (due date in parentheses)

  • Grants and Awards for schools, teachers and students: Lowe's Toolbox for Education (2/13);Young Eco-Hero Award (2/28); Endangered Species Art Contest (3/1); Mo DNR NO MO Trash Award (3/13); Shaw Institute for Field Studies (3/27); Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art Project (3/31)

  • Other Grants and Awards: EPA Environmental Education Model Grants (2/4); World of 7 Billion Video Contest (2/19); Go Bnanas Cell Phone Challenge (3/1); Mantis Tiller Award (3/6); EPA Environmental Education Local Grants (3/6); Land and Water Conservation Fund (3/31)

EE Resources

  • This month's lessons focus on 'critical resources' like those covered in the this month's quizzes. Critical resources include food, shelter, water, soil and soil nutrients, and moderate weather. Lessons for Classroom and Garden (Upper Elementary); Soils 4 Teachers (all grades); Combating Desertification (Middle School to High School); Chemistry, Fertilizer and the Environment (High School); Building a Skyscraper (Upper Elementary); Build Me a House (PreK to Early Elementary); Water (Elementary to High School); Crisis in the Horn of Africa ( Middle School to High School)

Professional Development Workshops

  • Introductory Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Workshops throughout the state, now through May; Kansas City Teacher Appreciation Day; Native Landscaping Workshop; Interface Conference

Calendars of Outdoor, Nature, Environment and Sustainability Organizations

EE Jobs

  • MDC Communication and Education Chief (2/13); Earthways Center Part-time Event Specialist (2/13); St. Louis Zoo Seasonal Education Interpreters; Kansas City Zoo Part-time Overnight Instructor and Seasonal Education Facilitator
News (from January 2015)


MEEA Environmental Literacy Quizzes

Critical Resources

Take one or more of these on-line environmental literacy quizzes and help us improve them! All four quizzes consist of questions randomly selected from a 30+ question bank for each grade level. For early elementary there are 5 questions per quiz, for the older grades there are 10 questions per quiz.

Help us answer these questions:

  1. Assuming the students have covered these topics in school, is the vocabulary, sentence complexity and topic appropriate for each grade? Keep in mind, kids can master long words and simple concepts if they are taught to them.
  2. Are there any errors in the questions or the answers, either factual or grammatical?

To take a quiz, click on its link. You will be sent to a sign- in page which will ask for your name. Then just start the quiz. At the end you will get your score and see the correct answers. Quizzes can be repeated, but questions and answers are shuffled with each quiz.

Please share any thoughts, comments, or corrections you have with me at weaverjc@missouri.edu.

Link to On-line Quiz Quiz Description

Early Elementary

Critical Resources Wordle

These quiz questions cover habitat, shelter, food, water and space, habitat needs, what is needed for camping or hiking, kinds of energy and where food comes from.

Vocabulary (some of this vocabulary is part of the wrong answers, but is helpful to know for that reason)

camping, campsite, cattle, clay, clothing, compost, concentrate, cotton, cups, dairy, electricity, energy, fever trees (quinine), fungi, gallons, gasoline, grains, granite, habitat, half, landfill, light bulb, limestone, loam, meat, medicine, mulch, muscles, natural gas, pebbles, pine trees, plants, sand, seamstress, shelter, silt, tailor, tents, toilet, wheat, wood, yogurt

Upper Elementary

3-5 Critical Resources Image

These quiz questions cover typical needs for water and food, roles of key groups of organisms, important crop plants, emergency preparation, and typical weather.

Vocabulary (some of this vocabulary is part of the wrong answers, but is helpful to know for that reason)

atlas, breathes, carbon dioxide, corn, cotton, day flying, decomposers, difficult, earthquake, electrician, emergency, entertainment, entomologist, fiber (as in clothing), flax, fungi, grey water, hurricane, kilograms, liter, mosquitoes, night flying, nutrients, oak, organic matter, photosynthesis, pine , potable water, production (as in growing or making), reproduction, rice, timber, tornado, walnut, weather forecaster, weather report, wheat

Middle School

6-8 Critical Resources

These quiz questions cover building materials, infrastructure, land degradation, role of water and protein, famine and protein deficiency, and the role of federal and global agencies.

Vocabulary (some of this vocabulary is part of the wrong answers, but is helpful to know for that reason)

abdominal, aggregate, arable land, asphalt, bottled drinking water, bricks, cement, compacted, concrete, critical resources, crop, deficiency, deforestation, desertification, enzymes, EPA, eradicating, erosion, essential, famine, FAO, FDA, federal agency, FEMA, fertilizer, forest, foundation slab, frame (as in frame a wall), Habitat for Humanity, infrastructure, kwashiorkor, limestone, lumber, metabolic processes, minerals, muscle wasting, niacin, nutrients, overgrazing, oxygen, petroleum, pollinator, poverty, proteins, public drinking water, regulate, salinity, salinization, semi-solid, skeletal deformities, skyscrapers, solvent, soybeans, starvation, stud (as in a timber for framing), sustainable, ulcers, UNHCR, USAID, USDA, waterway, woodland

High School

9-12 Critical Resources Image

These quiz questions cover population and population growth, methods of generating electricity, ecosystem services, natural capital, sanitation, taking care of displaced persons.

Vocabulary (some of this vocabulary is part of the wrong answers, but is helpful to know for that reason)

agricultural water use, battery, billion, blades, cancer, carbon cycling, cell walls, chemical gradient, chlorophyll, coil of wire, collateral, critical resources, cultural ecosystem services, cycling (as in matter cycles), diarrhea, displaced persons, DNA, domestic water use, doubling time (for a population), ecosystem services, enzymes, EPA, excrement, FEMA, generating current, growth rate, Habitat for Humanity, hectare, humanitarian, improved sanitation, industrial water use, internal renewable water, minimum water needs
monitor (as in fishery monitor), natural capital, nitrogen, pollination, population, proteins, provisioning ecosystem services, reconstruction, regulating ecosystem services, RNA, starch (as formed by plant cells), steam turbine, stock (as in a an amount of something), stomata, supply officer, supporting ecosystem services, tuberculosis, turbines, UNHRC








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