Black Bear Educational Resources
In continuing effort to educate New Yorkers about co-existing with black bears and reducing human-bear conflicts, NYSDEC has partnered with Untamed Science and state wildlife agencies in New Jersey, Arkansas and Florida to produce the "Understanding Black Bears" curriculum and black bear education website (link can be found in the right column under "Link's Leaving DEC's Website").
The website provides a vibrant assortment of free multimedia bear education resources for students and educators that provide inquiry-based learning about black bear biology and natural history, bear behavior, population management, and living in bear country. The Understanding Black Bears curriculum is available for free download for all NY classroom teachers, home-school groups, and other interested educators (link to download the curriculum can be found in the right column under "Link's Leaving DEC's Website").
With 29 lessons for students in Kindergarten to 8th grade, the self-contained computer program is full of quizzes, puzzles, computer games, special bear movies and loads of interactive learning. You'll find a variety of options to match the needs of your students. A Teacher Quickstart overview and Correlations to the Common Core make it easy to use Understanding Black Bears curriculum in your classroom.
Also, check out the DVD "Living with New York Black Bears" available in school libraries and public libraries throughout New York.