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School Ecosystem Investigations

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K-2, 3-5 Schoolyard Ecology

Studying ecosystems can be done everywhere, and you don't need a lot of materials to do so!  These lessons and investigations will support you in your efforts to get students outside, studying their own backyard using simple methods and materials.  

  • Grades: K-2, 3-5, 6-8

    Students will know that the presence of humans has an impact on soil communities in their schoolyard.

  • Grades: 6-8, 9-12, 3-5

    Students will understand the effect of "nature preserve" size on the diversity and abundance of organisms protected within the preserve.

  • Grades: K-2, 3-5, 9-12, 6-8

    Students will be able to observe the environment around them and formulate questions based on their own observations.  

  • Grades: 3-5, 6-8

    Students will know which characteristics of maple seeds help them travel farther and be able to explain why is this important.

  • Grades: 3-5, 6-8

    Students will be able to define a population of dandelions and understand why distribution and abundance of individuals is important.