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Although the lesson is specifically about the San Francisco Bay area, it's good enough to be adapted to any local region. Children research what the landscape in San Francisco was like prior to settlement, they consider the types of animals that lived there, and what their life was like. They each receive an animal information card, which they will use as they write a mock journal entry from the perspective of that animal. It's a day in the life of an animal prior to European contact, neat!
Amazing! Any 5th grader would be more than willing to participate in this project. Students are broken into groups, each group reads one book from a list of five. They use their book as the basis for choosing an animal and environment to conduct Internet research on. They then use IMovie to create an animated film depicting what they have learned about their animal, its environment, and human impact. All necessary attachments are included.
Here is a 25-page plan that descirbes a series of lessons designed for third graders. In the plans, youngsters dive into the variety of Native American societies, and the vast array of ecological environments in which they existed. An astounding amount of wonderful in-class activities are described in these plans, and all of the worksheets you need to implement the plans are embedded in each. Highly recommended for any third grade study of Native American life.
The animal population of Arkansas has changed dramatically over the past 10,000 years due to climate change, and human interaction/interruption of animal environments. Upper graders and middle schoolers do a study of how animals populations have been affected by climate and human activity. This excellent plan has many rich activities, maps, worksheets, and websites embedded in it.
You will get much mileage out of this resource. It is three presentations in one! Standard general ecology information is included within these 69 slides. The first segment deals with levels of organization, biotic and abiotic factors, biomes, biodiversity, and the flow of energy. The second section focuses on nutrient cycles. The final installation examines population dynamics with an emphasis on problems accompanying overpopulation. The font may be considered "cute." This is easily altered if this is not to your liking. Otherwise, this is a terrific resource!
Students discuss why things are classified into groups and why animals might be assigned a classification. Students do research to find the genus and species names of some familiar plants and animals. Next, students are divided into groups to come up with a way to classify everyday objects around the classroom.
Using a stretched wire coat hanger as a quadrant, small groups of junior ecologists take population samples. They combine their findings to make a general ecological assessment. Unfortunately, within such a small square, there will rarely be much wildlife to count. Toss a handful of mixed pasta shapes or beans on their tabletops to represent different organisms and have them perform a simulation instead! Make sure to show learners a true one-meter square quadrant.
Who doesn't love a scavenger hunt? Have your class complete a scavenger hunt to become familiar with ecology in this engaging instructional activity that has them organize their items on a paper bag to illustrate information. Furthermore, learners will create a presentation about their "found" items.
Learners observe animal behaviors and record their observations. In this animal behavior lesson students record animal behaviors at specific intervals of time using an ethogram. Learners may first practice an ethogram using a classmate. Students reflect on the animal behaviors they have observed.
Students make connections between their daily lives and the usage of natural resources as they relate to the importance of environmental quality. In this ecology lesson, students listen to the story The Lorax by Dr. Seuss and then discuss the impact of human actions on natural environments. Students explore how pollution affects wildlife and how water supply is connected to urban areas.