SMNHC Field Experience Activities

Below are some of the activities we do during the Ecology Field Program.  Most are in word format so you can alter them to suit your needs in the school yard or a wild area near you.
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  5414k v. 1 Oct 31, 2011, 2:11 PM Rosie Norlander
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Focusing on decomposers, students study one or more dead trees to determine the stage of decomposition, what types of decomposers are involved, and what factors may be aiding or hindering the process.   607k v. 1 Apr 2, 2014, 1:37 PM Steven Henley
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Throughout the Ecology Field Program our educators differentiate instruction in a variety of ways...  35k v. 1 Apr 2, 2014, 1:43 PM Steven Henley
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Focuses on the Ecology Field Program introduction and leads into the trail activities (listed on this page as individual lesson plans).  1066k v. 1 Jan 26, 2015, 9:52 AM Steven Henley
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Field guide used with our Fossil Hunt activity.  1579k v. 1 Jan 26, 2015, 10:10 AM Steven Henley
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Students use fossil evidence they have discovered in the field to support an argument that a sea once covered the area. They will also use this evidence in conjunction with provided information of similar modern-day organisms to determine the type of ecosystem that once existed here. Students will then conclude that great biologic (ecosystems) change accompanies geologic change.  612k v. 1 Jan 29, 2015, 7:45 AM Steven Henley
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Forest Health Activity  278k v. 1 Oct 31, 2011, 2:02 PM Rosie Norlander
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Focusing on an abiotic part of the ecosystem, students use their observational skills to closely examine a specimen of their choice.  612k v. 1 Apr 2, 2014, 1:34 PM Steven Henley
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Using preserved and replica scat from a variety of local animals, the instructor leads a discussion to help students make connections between the producers and consumers of an ecosystem.   603k v. 1 Jan 29, 2015, 7:46 AM Steven Henley
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Examine a snag for signs of animal life.  24k v. 1 Oct 31, 2011, 2:05 PM Rosie Norlander
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Focusing on producers, students identify local trees using a dichotomous tree key. An emphasis is placed on observation of tree characteristics and structure.  286k v. 1 Apr 2, 2014, 1:36 PM Steven Henley
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Tree Key in Spanish  387k v. 1 Oct 31, 2011, 2:03 PM Rosie Norlander
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Winter ecology scavenger hunt.  24k v. 1 Oct 31, 2011, 2:07 PM Rosie Norlander