Articles on this page are adjusted to a 7-8th grade reading level. Andrea Barbknecht of the Wyoming Wildlife Federation made the revisions as part of the organization’s curricula to engage kids in exploring their Wyoming landscape.
Within each of the stories linked below, look for the words “Bring it to the classroom: Access a version of this article modified to an eighth-grade reading level” and click on the hyperlink to view a pdf of the story with the modified language.
Contact Andrea Barknecht, education director for the Wyoming Wildlife Federation, for more information on incorporating these readings into a lesson plan for students.
Plants as stories of human meddlingThe Wyoming census for the plant kingdom is out! Over 2,900 different kinds of vascular plants grow in the wild in Wyoming according to experts at UW’s Rocky Mountain Herbarium. They include more than 2,500 native species along with 372 nonnative ones as of 2018.
The race to save an ecosystemLocals speculate that Nevada’s largest fire may have started with a Fourth of July firework launched in a canyon. But no one really knows. The 2018 Martin Fire seemed small and innocuous, until a weather cell moved into northern Nevada.
One researcher examines how native plants can compete with invasivesIn the spring of 2019 Elizabeth Leger drove out from her botany lab at the University of Nevada, Reno to her field site on the western edge of the 435,000 acres burned in the Martin Fire.
Tiny soil organisms may hold the key to managing invasive plantsThe four members of Gordon Custer’s research group gather around as he walks through the steps of data collection.
What do we really know about their effects?As Cara Nelson, a researcher and professor of ecosystem science and restoration at the University of Montana, hiked around Missoula’s foothills, she noticed abundant knapweed and cheatgrass growing amidst native bunchgrasses and wildflowers.