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NAMA Mushroom Teaching Kit

NAMA has prepared a Mushroom Teaching Kit, available for rental. The Kit provides materials for teaching about fungi, for teachers, naturalists, mushroom clubs, nature organizations, libraries and science museums, as well as for displays at mushroom, garden, and state fairs.

The Eastern Mushroom Teaching Kit contains material suitable for the United States, east of the Mississippi, and eastern Canada.

Using the NAMA Mushroom Teaching Kit

The Kit contains materials for school grades 1-12, advanced placement courses and early college level biology and ecology courses. The Kit can also be used in adult education courses, in science museums and in nature centers. Mushroom clubs can use this material to teach mushroom classes for their members.

The Kit will enable you to teach about fungi — mushrooms, "shrooms", truffles and other forms of fungal organisms. It explains the role of fungi in their ecological relationships with humans and the land. Included are digitalized teaching materials and photos on computer CDs, lesson plans, information on wool dyeing, toxins, mushroom field guides and books about mushrooms at several reading levels, classroom craft ideas and much more. If you have specific needs, just certain portions of the Kit may be requested.

Use of these materials is offered through the North American Mycological Association's Education Committee. They can be borrowed for a period of a week to a month, depending upon the needs of the teacher and students. Planning ahead is important: during the fungal season the contents of the Mushroom Teaching Kit may be popular!

Contents of the Eastern Mushroom Teaching Kit

In order to better serve you, we are providing the renter of the Kit a breakdown of the contents by Grade Level. Choose the grouping that best matches your Grade level and we will send you only those items. If you have specific needs, you may choose items in different Grade Levels from the kits.

Grades K-3

A. Instructional Materials Including Media

  1. Lesson Plan ideas and activities for Grades K-12 relating to Fungi on NAMA web site: http://namyco.org/education/k-12.html
  2. 13 dried mushroom samples
  3. Foam blocks and skewers to mount fresh mushrooms
  4. 25 plastic hand lenses
  5. Foldable magnifier (110 diameter, 2x magnification)
  6. 18 laminated spore prints and article by Sam Ristich
  7. Mushroom Dye Chart, Little wool gnome and Skeins to show Dyeing with mushrooms by Susan Hopkins
  8. Fungi teaching materials for teachers (Sundberg)
  9. 9 overhead transparences and 9 laminated copies, illustrating How Mushrooms Grow, The Variety of Shapes and Spore bearing Surfaces and Mushroom Ecology (Freedman)
  10. Illustrations of mushrooms on 4"x5" poster board
  11. 26 photos of different mushrooms on a CD (also on slides), with a list of the scientific names
  12. NAMA Mushroom Poisoning Poster
  13. Optional suggested materials; not included and supplied by teacher: crayons, coloring markers and coloring pencils, drawing paper, copies of pages from the book "Mushrooms of the World Coloring Book"

B. Books

  1. "Mushrooms of the World Coloring Book" (Arora, Bowers)
  2. "A Young Person's Guide to the Fungi " (Kendrick)
  3. "A New Home for 'Lil Gnome" (Parker)
  4. "Katya's Book of Mushrooms" (Arnold, Swope)
  5. "North American Mushroom Photo Postcards" (Johnson)
  6. "The Fungus that Ate My School" (Dorros)
  7. "The Audubon Field Guide to North American Mushrooms" (Lincoff)

Particular attention should be given to two resources: The Fungus Files: An Educator?s Guide to Fungi K-6 (Terra Brie Stewart, 2007); and How the Mushroom Got its Spots, An Explainers Guide to Fungi, (Sue Assinder and Gordon Rutter, members of the British Mycological Society Education Group).

Grades 4-8

A. Instructional Materials Including Media

  1. Lesson Plan ideas and activities for Grades K-12 relating to Fungi on NAMA web site: http://namyco.org/education/k-12.html
  2. 13 dried mushroom samples
  3. Foam blocks and skewers to mount fresh mushrooms
  4. 25 plastic hand lenses
  5. Foldable magnifier (110 diameter, 2x magnification)
  6. 18 laminated spore prints and article by Sam Ristich
  7. Mushroom Dye Chart, Little wool gnome and Skeins to show Dyeing with mushrooms by Susan Hopkins
  8. Fungi teaching materials for teachers (Sundberg)
  9. 9 overhead transparences and 9 laminated copies Illustrating How Mushrooms Grow, The Variety of Shapes and Spore bearing Surfaces and Mushroom Ecology (Freedman)?same material on CD with additional teaching material.
  10. Illustrations of mushrooms on 4"x5" poster board
  11. 26 photos of different mushrooms on a CD (also on slides), with a list of the scientific names
  12. NAMA Mushroom Poisoning Poster
  13. DVDS by Taylor Lockwood: "Mushroom Identification Trilogy"; "Treasures from the Kingdom of Fungi"; "The Good, The Bad and The Deadly"
  14. "Myko CD" (Wood)
  15. Videocassette: "Slime Molds", with a Teacher Guide, Iowa State University
  16. Mycological Society of America Career Poster
  17. Optional suggested materials; not included and to be supplied by teacher: crayons, coloring markers and coloring pencils, drawing paper, copies of pages from the book "Mushrooms of the World Coloring Book"

B. Books

  1. "Mushrooms of the World Coloring Book" (Arora, Bowers)
  2. "A Young Person's Guide to the Fungi " (Kendrick)
  3. "A New Home for 'Lil Gnome" (Parker)
  4. "Katya's Book of Mushrooms" (Arnold, Swope)
  5. "North American Mushroom Photo Postcards" (Johnson)
  6. "The Fungus that Ate My School" (Dorros)
  7. "Invisible Lines" (Amato)
  8. "The Audubon Field Guide to North American Mushrooms" (Lincoff)
  9. "Fungi" (Watling)
  10. "Mushrooms for Color" (Rice)
  11. "Mushrooms for Paper" (Rice)

Particular attention should be given to two resources: The Fungus Files: An Educator?s Guide to Fungi K-6 (Terra Brie Stewart, 2007); and How the Mushroom Got its Spots, An Explainers Guide to Fungi, (Sue Assinder and Gordon Rutter, members of the British Mycological Society Education Group).

Grades 9-12 and College

A. Instructional Materials Including Media

  1. Lesson Plan ideas and activities for Grades K-12 relating to Fungi on NAMA web site: http://namyco.org/education/k-12.html
  2. 13 dried mushroom samples
  3. Foam blocks and skewers to mount fresh mushrooms
  4. 25 plastic hand lenses
  5. Foldable magnifier (110 diameter, 2x magnification)
  6. 18 laminated spore prints and article by Sam Ristich
  7. Mushroom Dye Chart, Little wool gnome and Skeins to show Dyeing with mushrooms by Susan Hopkins
  8. Fungi teaching materials for teachers (Sundberg)
  9. 9 overhead transparences and 9 laminated copies Illustrating How Mushrooms Grow, The Variety of Shapes and Spore bearing Surfaces and Mushroom Ecology (Freedman.... same material also on an included computer CD along with additional teaching materials.
  10. Illustrations of mushrooms on 4"x5" poster board
  11. 26 photos of different mushrooms on a CD (also on slides), with a list of the scientific names
  12. NAMA Mushroom Poisoning Poster
  13. DVDS by Taylor Lockwood: "Mushroom Identification Trilogy"; "Treasures from the Kingdom of Fungi"; "The Good, The Bad and The Deadly"
  14. "MykoCD" (Wood)
  15. Videocassette: "Slime Molds", with a Teacher Guide, Iowa State University
  16. Mycological Society of America Career Poster
  17. Optional suggested materials; not included and to be supplied by teacher: crayons, coloring markers and coloring pencils, drawing paper, copies of pages from the book "Mushrooms of the World Coloring Book"

B. Books

  1. "Mushrooms of the World Coloring Book" (Arora, Bowers)
  2. "A Young Person's Guide to the Fungi " (Kendrick)
  3. "A New Home for 'Lil Gnome" (Parker)
  4. "Katya's Book of Mushrooms" (Arnold, Swope)
  5. "North American Mushroom Photo Postcards" (Johnson)
  6. "The Fungus that Ate My School" (Dorros)
  7. "Invisible Lines" (Amato)
  8. "The Audubon Field Guide to North American Mushrooms" (Lincoff)
  9. "Fungi" (Watling)
  10. "Mushrooms for Color" (Rice)
  11. "Mushrooms for Paper" (Rice)

Particular attention should be given to two resources: The Fungus Files: An Educator?s Guide to Fungi K-6 (Terra Brie Stewart, 2007); and How the Mushroom Got its Spots, An Explainers Guide to Fungi, (Sue Assinder and Gordon Rutter, members of the British Mycological Society Education Group).

If you have specific needs, you may choose items in different Grade Levels from the kits.

For best results, a telephone conversation with Carol Dreiling, in Alexander, North Carolina, at (828) 683-8678 will give you the best understanding of how to meet your teaching needs. If this isn?t possible, please send an email re the above to Carol Dreiling at caroldrei [at] aol.com.

Please see the last section below, entitled "So You'd Like to Rent A NAMA Mushroom Teaching Kit", for information on how to rent the Mushroom Teaching Kit.

 

So You'd Like to Rent A NAMA Mushroom Teaching Kit

The rental fee for borrowing either of these programs:
For NAMA members: $40.00
For non-members: $50.00
Return postage and insurance for $200.00 will be paid by the renter.

A request for renting the TEACHING KIT for 7- 30 days, together with a check or money order, made out to NORTH AMERICAN MYCOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION, should be sent, with agreed-upon dates of use (see below for necessary additional information), to:

EASTERN MUSHROOM TEACHING KIT
Carol Dreiling
380 Curtis Parker Road
Alexander, NC 28701-9667
email: caroldrei [at] aol.com
phone: (828) 683-8678

Please indicate the dates during which you'll need the Kit. If the dates are not available, we'll contact you as soon as possible.

In order for us to prepare the kit for your teaching needs, please send the following information with your request:

  1. Grade and reading level(s) of your students; number and size of classes
  2. Number of students with which you will be using the materials.
  3. How long you will need to use the materials (two weeks is usual)?
  4. Your familiarity with fungi/natural history/ botany, etc.
  5. Other information helpful in selecting materials for you.
  6. Availability of outdoor areas for field trips or exploration/learning.

Plan to return the NAMA trunk to Carol Dreiling by UPS or FEDEx, labeled SIGNATURE REQUIRED, STANDARD DELIVERY, on the transportation form.

REPACKING instructions will be enclosed and must be followed carefully, for the kit will be traveling great distances by truck and plane, and teaching materials need to be packed with that in mind. All materials in the Kits may be used for Educational purposes only.

If you have materials you think would be useful to teachers, and would like us to consider adding them to the Kits, please contact Carol Dreiling, or Sandy Sheine, and plan to send a sample of your materials.

Acknowledgments

Many thanks to the NAMA members who have contributed to the contents of the Kits: Dean Abel, Carol Dreiling, Louise and Bill Freedman, Catharine Gunderson, Susan Hopkins, Emily Johnson, Jean-Paul Latil, Taylor Lockwood, Theresa Oursler, Nancy Parker, Samuel Ristich, Maggie Rogers, Sandy Sheine, Allein Stanley, Caryl Widderson, Walt Sundberg.