Ecosystem Explorations is an indepth exploration of ecosystems. All of the activities are linked to the New Mexico State Standards and Benchmarks and can be used as an introduction or a wrap up to the SMNHC field experience.
Students will learn about the importance of journals in science by creating
individual journals and practicing different journaling methods and recording
techniques that they will subsequently use with each lesson in
Students will develop an understanding of ecosystems by drawing pictures of different ecosystems in small groups. Then the class will work together to create a mural of the Sandia Mountain ecosystem. Students will compare the different components of these ecosystems.
Students will gain an understanding of the flow of energy between producers, consumers, and decomposers in an ecosystem by playing a freeze tag game. Students will summarize the different paths of energy flow by diagramming a food web.
Students will dissect a school lunch to learn which natural resources were used to produce all the items in the lunch. In small groups, students will tell a story with pantomime of the process of resource development and distribution from the source to the end product.