A series of activities that enables students to explore the emerald ash borer and invasive species biology within the framework of scientific process. The lesson guide (link at the bottom of this page) includes detailed instructions and handouts for each of the activities.
Through the experiment conducted in Lesson 2: Evaporation Lab, students concluded that higher atmospheric temperature causes an increase in evaporation which results in more precipitation. In Lesson 3, students first calculate the carbon footprint of their morning commute to school to realize that different modes of transportation produce varying amounts of carbon dioxide Next, they conduct an experiment to explore how producing carbon dioxide impacts the ecosystem.
At the conclusion of Lesson 1: Water Cycle & Weather, students were asked the question: “How does temperature affect evaporation?” Students review the water cycle and how it affects the weather, conduct the evaporation lab and describe the factors that affect evaporation.
This activity worksheet guides students on how to practice "catch and release" insect collecting, where to look for insects, and how to observe them after they are caught.
This resource is an eight-page (two printed 8.5X11 sheets), accurately illustrated guide to subphyla of North American arthropods and explains how taxonomy works.
At the end of this mini-unit, students will understand all the ecosystems services and value trees provide to humans every day. Students will know the biological processes of trees and the importance of native trees for providing habitat. Finally, they will acknowledge the significance trees add to our surroundings and be able to share everything they learn with others.
Students will learn about how trees are an essential part of our lives with a focus on the role they play in urban areas, including energy considerations. They then consider threats posed to trees, including non-native insects, domestic animal waste, and erosion. Students then evaluate the potential impact of local tree conservation efforts and design a plan for their community.
Primary unit on plants. In this activity students use observational skills to compare and discuss the changes in plants. They will identify plant parts, where seeds come from and how they grow. They will also determine what plants need to survive.
Students will explore plants, including their attributes and growth cycle, over the course of one month or longer. This unit on plants consists of 6 sequenced learning plans. Each activity or learning plan works best with a small group of 4-5 students, in centers, over the course of one week each. Duration of student engagement in tasks will vary, but the recommendation is 20 minutes or less per student.
In this botany field activity, students make observations of the similarities and differences between three types of garden plants (cucumber, pumpkin, and melon) to determine why they are grouped together in one plant family. Students will record their observations in a journal and use these to make predictions of the plant family's defining characteristics.