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A Research Request

Unit Plan: Who Eats What?Lesson: 1 Time: 40 min Setting: schoolyard or local park
3-5, 6-8Schoolyard Ecology
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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.


    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.


    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

    Lesson Files

    Research Request

    Benchmarks for Science Literacy

    5A Diversity of Life, 5D Interdependence of Life, 5E Flow of Matter and Energy

    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
    Next Generation Science Standards

    Science and Engineering Practices

    Asking questions and defining problems, Planning and carrying out investigations

    Cross Cutting Concepts

    Patterns, Energy and matter

    Disciplinary Core Ideas

    LS2A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
    New York State Science Learning Standards

    Performance Expectations

    MS-LS2-2. Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms in a variety of ecosystems.

    Hogan, Kathleen. Eco-Inquiry: A Guide to Ecological Learning Experiences for the Upper Elementary/Middle Grades. Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, PO Box 1840, 4050 Westmark Drive, Dubuque, IA 52004-1840., 1994.