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Students investigate their environment by completing an in-class experiment. In this ecological lesson, students define the roles of dams and how electricity is created by them. Students utilize plastic jugs, sand and tap water to recreate the effects of a dam with their classmates.
Knowing about the hydrologic cycle is the first step to understanding the carbon cycle. Upper graders discuss the earth's water content, polar ice caps, and the concept of the ecological cycle as it applies to carbon, nitrogen, and other ecological materials. They view a presentation, read and discuss the included handout, and then complete a diagram of the hydrologic cycle.
A wonderful series of lessons on the ocean and ocean life. First graders should develop a respect for the ocean environments and all of the animals who live there. By engaging in hands-on and multi-sensory activities, learners will see the interdependence between the animals and their ecological community. There are terrific worksheets and clearly explained activities embedded in each of the plans. Highly recommended!
Students explore the environment by researching mining. In this ecological dangers instructional activity, students define cyanide and discuss why it has potential to be a great threat to our environment during mining expeditions. Students examine many different rocks in class and determine if they were mined or not.
Students explore the basics of ecology through numerous hands-on and relevant activities. They participate in an online food chain demonstration, which explores food web dynamics. They dissect owl pellets, examine the prey's bones, and determine what the owl's food source was.
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.
Young scholars examine the impact of geological footprints. In this geography skills lesson, students calculate geological footprints and discuss ways to reduce the footprints. Young scholars create advertisements that motivate others to reduce their ecological footprints.