In this unit, students will investigate the adaptations of honeybees and flowering plants to see how each are designed to ensure survival through the pollination process.
Students will construct aquatic habitats in plastic bottles. They will observe the habitats for a period of four weeks and record what they see - changes in population, plant and animal growth, and water quality.
Students will be engaged in learning how human activities can deliberately or inadvertently alter the equilbrium of ecosystems through human behavior and/or the use of technology/biotechnology that impacts environmental quality and carrying capacity. Students will engage in graphing and interpreting data about the bald eagle, beaver and yeast populations. Students will evaluate their own understanding of carrying capacity by using a radar diagram; they will use a summarizing strategy to extend their knowledge and will learn how environmental problems are identified and solved.
This brief video overview depicts how a single kernel of corn begins the transformation process that ends up in a car's gas tank. Links to lessons are included.
Students conduct an investigation of soil and leaf litter from the forest floor. Students will collect animals they find in a jar. At the end of the activity, students will classify animals by number of legs and place specimens in white bottomed pans for group observation and identification. They will also create a food chain representing the organisms found in the soil and leaf litter ecosystem.
Students will identify different landforms and explain how they are formed and change with time, understand the role climate plays in shaping landforms, and determine how human actions affect local or regional geography.
Students will discuss the need for alternative fuels and learn about the use of ethanol. They will also study the production process and then produce ethanol from sugar.
Students will conduct a forest health checkup of a local forest area, will take forestry measurements, and will evaluate the ecological services provided by trees and forests.
Students will conduct multiple experiments to test ideas about photosynthesis, including investigating plant cells under a microscope and testing photosynthesis on leaf disks in a syringe.
Students will define wastewater and list components of wastewater. They will also describe the function of a wastewater treatment plant and create a wastewater treatment model and use it to clean water.
This manual includes experiential lesson plans and activities about water and the water cycle. Topics include the relative distribution of water on earth, how that water cycles around the earth, and water conservation.
Students will learn about water resources by examining the water cycle and how water is distributed on Earth, how we manage our water resources to ensure that they are healthy for use.
Students will learn where and how people obtain safe drinking water while recognizing the various roles that professionals play in municipal water agencies in acquiring, treating and delivering safe water. This discussion guide is meant to be used with the Water You Drink four-part video series.
This discussion guide is to be used in conjunction with the 4-part Wetlands Ecology video series (http://intotheoutdoors.org/topics/wetlands-wisdom/#available-videos).