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Unit Plan: Who Eats What? Lesson: 1 Time: 40 min Setting: schoolyard or local park Objectives:

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:
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

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.