Eco-Inquiry, an ecology curriculum for grades 5-8 helps teachers transform their classrooms into centers of ecological research.

Day 1: A Research Request


Students recieve a request to survey animals and their food resources on a local site, then talk about what they already know and how they could find out more.

Lesson Overview

Students: - realize that people can harm or protect the food resources animals need to survive - have a mental image of the study site and what animals live there - are curious and have questions about animals and their food - have ideas of how to look for animals and animal signs.

40 min
schoolyard or local park

Items to help students preview their study site: 

 - brochures or information that describes the area

- natural artifacts (pine cones, leaves, soil sample, twigs) that help describe the area

- lists, reports or maps that may exist from previous classes


See Lesson Resources below for further details.

Lesson Resources
NYS Standards
MST 4- Physical setting, living environment and nature of science
ELA 1- Language to collect and interpret information and understand generalizations
ELA 4 - Language for communication and social interaction with a wide variety of people
Benchmarks for Science Literacy
5A Diversity of Life
5D Interdependence of Life
5E Flow of Matter and Energy

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