Ecosystem Explorations

Ecosystem Explorations is an in-depth 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.
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Students will explore a natural area using the scavenger hunt cards and record the answers in their journal in the form of sentences.  68k v. 2 Sep 2, 2010, 1:30 PM Paul Mauermann
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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 Ecosystem Explorations.  162k v. 2 Sep 2, 2010, 12:53 PM Paul Mauermann
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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.  86k v. 2 Sep 2, 2010, 12:54 PM Paul Mauermann
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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.  98k v. 2 Sep 2, 2010, 12:56 PM Paul Mauermann
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Students will construct a model of an ecosystem in a plastic soda bottle. Extended inquiry and observations will increase knowledge of and appreciation for ecosystems.  171k v. 2 Sep 2, 2010, 12:56 PM Paul Mauermann
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Students will work in pairs to produce a diagram of a mountain that shows the characteristics of New Mexico life zones.  258k v. 2 Sep 2, 2010, 12:57 PM Paul Mauermann
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Students play a card game to learn about natural change in an ecosystem. During the game, students will keep a record of the results of the changes in an ecosystem.  107k v. 2 Sep 2, 2010, 12:58 PM Paul Mauermann
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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.  289k v. 2 Sep 2, 2010, 12:59 PM Paul Mauermann
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Before heading out on the field trip, students will work in teams to brainstorm academic and behavioral objectives. Students will individualize their goals by summarizing them in their journals.  74k v. 4 Sep 24, 2010, 12:31 PM Paul Mauermann
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A nice little resource if you are taking your class outside.  49k v. 2 Sep 2, 2010, 1:29 PM Paul Mauermann