In this lesson, students will identitfy several forms of acid precipitation. They will list effects of acid precipitaiton and explain the actions that cause the damage. Students will define "buffering" and explain how environmental factors can act as buffers.
In this lesson, students will gain an understanding of the importance of the American chestnut tree. Students will also realize the significance of the loss of the American chestnut tree population.
In this lesson, students will estimate the deer population in a given area over a 5-year period. The students will be able to suggest possible management tools to prevent overpopulation.
The purpose of this lesson is to demonstrate understanding of the lifecycle of a tree and its importance in the forest ecosystem. Through digital photography students will identify and document the various stages of the lifecycle of a tree. Students will work cooperatively to create a multimedia presentation using Movie Maker, Powerpoint, or i-Movie to share their discoveries and learning.
In this lesson, students gain a visual perspective on global water distribution and average U.S. water consumption. Students will understand the limited supply of fresh water that exists on the earth and explore the need for not polluting and conserving our fresh water supply.
In this lesson, students will be able to explain the relationship between the Pyramid of Numbers and the Pyramid of Biomass. Students will have the opportunity to examine and be able to calculate the area of a topographic map, then apply their knowledge to understand how much land area is need to support life at each level of the food chain.
In this lesson, students will research characteristics of native fish species and compare and contrast components of their habitats. Students will place information on cards and then use the cards to play a game.
In this lesson, students will understand that the forest is a renewable resource that is to be conserved and utilized. Students will learn the different management techniques that are currently being employed. Students will also discover how the forest impacts their everyday life.
In this lesson, students will distinguish between wants and needs and recognize individual differences. Students will also list objects that we either make from trees or that are produced by trees. Then students will locate and identify pictures of products that are tree related in magazines.
In this lesson, students will identify and name different aquatic insects. Students will create a graphic representation of the number of different species found, then use the data to determine the quality of the water in which the insects were found.
In this lesson, students will understand and demonstrate the concept of permeability. Students will apply the concept of permeability to different types of ground materials.
In this lesson, students will understand the effects of soils and rocks on filtering groundwater. Students will expand their concept of the water cycle to include groundwater, transpiration, aquifers, and the water table and consider sources of contamination in the water cycle.
In this lesson, students visit a forest and make observations. Students will understand that cutting trees is necessary and that there are basic principles that guide a forester's decision to cut specific trees.
In this lesson, students will use a dichotomous chart to identify five trees. They will then identify the environment in which each tree is growing and the climate for the area. After conducting research to identify the conditions needed for success of the five trees, they will determine if the trees are placed appropriately. Students will write a paragraph for each tree summarizing their findings.
In this lesson, students will identify the features of a watershed, including how topographic features create and comprise a watershed.
In this lesson, students will be able to list and describe the three major categories of indicators used to delineate wetlands (hydrology, vegetation, soils). Students will also be able to identify hydrologic features that can be used to identify wetlands during a field inspection.
In this lesson, students will investigate how forests maintain water absorption and how people have altered the forests' ability to replenish groundwater.
In this lesson, students will participate in a hands on game that focuses on biodiversity in the forest. They will discover how the forest changes when one player has to much power and that a healthy forest has balance among all its players.
In this lesson, students will identify factors and benefits of good forest management and factors and ramifications of bad forest management.
In this lesson, students will learn what a fishery is and study past fisheries history. Students will start to explore the complexity of a fishery and its management.
In this lesson, students will reflect upon past and present uses of fisheries and consider the concept of fisheries sustainability.
In this lesson, students will reflect upon what they have learned about fisheries and proper management. They will choose a fishery, conduct additional research, and then write a research paper.
In this lesson, students will identify biotic and abiotic factors in the biosphere. They will describe the characteristics of populations and compare a species' habitat and its niche within a community.
In this lesson, students will understand the negative effects of pollution on storm water runoff, investigate the negative effects of paved areas on water runoff, explain the importance of water conservation, and describe how rain gardens can help filter our water supply and improve our environment.
In this lesson, students will investigate the differences between three to five types of soil, will understand how particle size affects water movement and use, will explain how soil use can be improved through use of rain gardens, will describe community benefits of rain gardens.
In this lesson, students will explore past use of natural resources. They will use their knowledge of past civilizations to uncover their use of the environment.
In this lesson, students will be able to evaluate the relationship between biodegradable waste and dissolved oxygen in water. Students will be able to explain the relationship between oxygen levels, bacteria and the breakdown of organic matter using an indicator solution.
In this lesson, students will learn the impact that wildlife has on society and the impact that society has on wildlife. Students will learn the relationship between wildlife and economics and society and how this is in the form of conflict and resolution.
In this lesson, students use simple tools to observe leaves that have fallen and those that are still growing on trees. Then they will sort leaves by a variety of attributes.
In this lesson, students understand and cite examples of basic needs within familiar ecosystems. Students will also understand that if basic needs are not met, organisms may become threatened, endangered, or extinct.
In this lesson, students will learn about the natural movement of water through a watershed and how human activity can be either detrimental or beneficial to the stream environment.
In this lesson, students name at least three products that come from trees, describe what life would be like without wood products, and explain the statement "Wood is a renewable resource."
In this lesson, students will define "nonpoint source pollution" and identify examples of it. They will also describe what storm water is and explain the purpose of a storm drain. Students will design an effective PSA to show how to reduce nonpoint source pollution and then work collaboratively to design a system to remove pollution from a simulated river.
In this lesson, students will be able to identify differences in the water quality of a stream. Students will accurately follow directions and complete water testing. Then, collect aquatic insects and identify them using the chart and pictures and come up with an index value. Students will then be able to identify causes of changes and pollution in the water of a stream.
In this lesson, students will recognize water as a frequent subject in the news. Students will uitilize different sources to find information on current water issues. Then students will use writing skills to publish a paper on water issues.
In this lesson, students will identify all of the watersheds to which they belong. Students will read maps to identify bodies of water and order these bodies of water from smallest to largest, in order of flow.
In this lesson, students will describe characteristics of wetlands. They will also identify plants and animals found in wetlands and identify reasons wetlands are important to our environment.
In this lesson, students will describe relationships among precipitation, runoff, and wetlands. Students will relate the importance of wetland functions to their own needs and daily lives.
In this lesson, students will learn that different liquids have different pH levels. They will understand that pH levels have both negative and positive effects on organisms and objects.
In this lesson, students will analyze water samples for contaminants. Students will use the Internet or other sources to identify sources of water contamination and relate contaminants to local sources.
In this lesson, students describe how abiotic and biotic factors can affect the size of a deer herd. Students will explain and simulate the management of a deer herd.
In this collection of five inquiry-based, hands-on lesson plans, students explore white-tailed deer biology and forest ecology. Each lesson builds upon the previous one, culminating in a final assignment for the students. These lessons focus on the impact of deer on the forest ecosystem and the need for better education and understanding about the issues surrounding deer abundance.
In this lesson, students will identify and illustrate the four main stages of forest succession: grass and forbs, shrubs and saplings, pole timber, and mature timber. After conducting research, students will list the natural habitat and preferred food of a given wildlife species.
In this lesson, students will comprehend that populations of organisms are affected by elements of their environment. Students will observe that populations of animals do not stay at the same number year after year. Students will understand the importance of suitable habitat and how various factors may affect wildlife populations.
In this lesson, students will orally read an article about wood. Students will discuss the main and supporting details about wood after reading. They will also recall facts about wood products through matching.
In this lesson, students will measure the dimensions of various wood samples, then calculate volume, mass, and density for each sample.
In this lesson, students will identify a variety of products that come from trees and write about ways they use tree products in daily living.