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"Decomposition Mission" by Beetles Science and Teaching for Field Instrctors

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EEPSA : http://eepsa.org/ - one year ago
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In this activity, students investigate the fascin…
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EEPSA : http://eepsa.org/ - one year ago
Description
In this activity, students investigate the fascinating and complex process of decomposition and lay the foundation for deeper understanding of concepts related to matter and energy transfer in ecosystems. Through exploration and discussion, students go beyond simple definitions. Instead, students discover key characteristics of decomposition as they struggle with creating a sequence for decomposing wood and leaves. They learn the difference between physical decomposition and chemical decomposition and that many things contribute to decomposition, but certain organisms are classified as decomposers. They also search for and discuss evidence of decomposers, make model diagrams to further develop their ideas about the process of decomposition, and discuss decomposition and its role in the cycling of matter. Finally, students are challenged to recognize the evidence and impact of decomposition in the ecosystems they explore.
Subject
Outdoor Education
Science
Biology
Chemistry
Earth Science
Environmental Science
Keywords
Experiential Education
Place-based Education
Ecology
Ecosystem
Forest
URLs
http://www.beetlesproject.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Decomposition-Mission.pdf
http://www.beetlesproject.org/resources/for-field-instructors/decomposition-mission/
Learning Standards
Students will: - Explore, observe, and compare samples of decomposing materials and use reasoning to determine the level of decomposition among them - Search for and classify decomposers (or evidence of them) as fungi, bacteria or invertebrates - Investigate and discuss decomposition as the process of breaking down dead organisms and their waste materials into smaller and simpler forms of matter - Create a model diagram for the process of decomposition - Discuss the role decomposers play in making matter available to living plants
Duration
30-60 minutes
Language
English
Date Created
Jun 30, 2018
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Rick Hansen Foundation School Program resources

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Marika van Dommelen - 7 months ago
Description
The Rick Hansen School Program resources are a co…
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Marika van Dommelen - 7 months ago
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The Rick Hansen School Program resources are a complete set of resources designed by educators, for educators to support them in teaching students about disability, accessibility and inclusion, thus empowering youth to become difference makers in their schools and communities. The Rick Hansen School Program is: - a comprehensive bilingual collection of lesson plans, videos, and books; - available for FREE to all educators across Canada; - flexible and aligns with lessons and curriculum that are already being taught in the classroom Participating teachers and administrators agree that the program makes classrooms and schools more inclusive, decreases bullying, empowers students to create positive change, and raises student awareness of the potential of people with disabilities.
Subject
Cross-Curricular
English Language Learning (ELL)
Leadership
Social Justice
Special Education
English Language Arts
Health and PE
Social Studies
Special needs
Keywords
Accessibility
inclusion
equity
URLs
https://www.rickhansen.com/schools-communities/school-program
Learning Standards
Lessons and activities align with curriculum, can be used cross curricularly and support BC Educational Priorities
Duration
30 - 90 minutes per lesson
Language
English
Date Created
Mar 18, 2019