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Nature Scene Investigators by Beetles Science and Teaching for Field Instructors

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Activity
Assessment
Classroom printable
Lesson plan/Unit plan
Grade Level
4
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Submitted By
EEPSA : http://eepsa.org/ - 2 years ago
Description
This activity sets an exciting tone of exploratio…
Resource Type
Activity
Assessment
Classroom printable
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Grade Level
4
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Submitted By
EEPSA : http://eepsa.org/ - 2 years ago
Description
This activity sets an exciting tone of exploration and discovery, encouraging an inquiry mindset in students that helps establish a community of curious, active learners. Students gain tools to explore the natural world—and are inspired to discover and attempt to explain the abundant nature mysteries that surround us. NSI works well at the start of a field experience, to get students excited about nature mysteries.
Subject
Revised Curriculum
Health and PE
Science
Earth Science
Environmental Science
Keywords
Experiential Education
Ecosystem
Place-based Education
Outdoor Education
Inquiry
URLs
http://www.beetlesproject.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/NSI-Nature-Scene-Investigators-2.pdf
http://www.beetlesproject.org/resources/for-field-instructors/nsi-nature-scene-investigators-2/
Duration
30-60 minutes
Language
English
Date Created
Jun 30, 2018
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"Decomposition Mission" by Beetles Science and Teaching for Field Instructors

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Activity
Classroom printable
Lesson plan/Unit plan
Grade Level
4
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Submitted By
EEPSA : http://eepsa.org/ - 2 years ago
Description
In this activity, students investigate the fascin…
Resource Type
Activity
Classroom printable
Lesson plan/Unit plan
Grade Level
4
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Submitted By
EEPSA : http://eepsa.org/ - 2 years 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
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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"I Notice, I Wonder, It Reminds Me Of": Exploration Routine by Beetles Science and Teaching for Field Instructors

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Activity
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Grade Level
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EEPSA : http://eepsa.org/ - 2 years ago
Description
During the activity, students pick up a natural o…
Resource Type
Activity
Lesson plan/Unit plan
Grade Level
K
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Submitted By
EEPSA : http://eepsa.org/ - 2 years ago
Description
During the activity, students pick up a natural object, such as a leaf, and make “I notice…” statements out loud with a partner, then share some of their observations with the group. They do the same with “I wonder…” questions, and with “It reminds me of…” connections. Then, students practice using these tools while exploring whatever they find interesting. This simple routine can help students get beyond seeing nature as a “green blur,” and lead them to never be bored in nature again.
Subject
Science
Biology
Earth Science
Environmental Science
Keywords
Outdoor Education
Experiential Education
Field Studies
Connecting to Nature
URLs
http://www.beetlesproject.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/I-Notice-I-Wonder-It-Reminds-Me-Of.pdf
Learning Standards
Students will: - Increase curiosity for and directly engage with aspects of the natural world. - Make observations, ask questions, and relate findings to past experiences. - Learn that descriptive observations are distinct from statements of opinion or identification.
Duration
15-75 minutes
Language
English
Date Created
Jun 30, 2018
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"Jobs in a Biotic Community" by the Center for Ecoliteracy

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Activity
Classroom printable
Lesson plan/Unit plan
Grade Level
K
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EEPSA : http://eepsa.org/ - 2 years ago
Description
Students take a census of an outdoor site, and lo…
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Activity
Classroom printable
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Grade Level
K
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EEPSA : http://eepsa.org/ - 2 years ago
Description
Students take a census of an outdoor site, and look for organisms that perform different “jobs” in the biotic community. A biotic (or natural) community is made up of the various organisms that live and interact with one another in a particular environment. As in a human community, its members have different roles and depend on each other for survival. In this activity, students examine a study area to find out what organisms live there and the ecological jobs or niches they fill.
Subject
Revised Curriculum
Science
Biology
Earth Science
Environmental Science
Social Studies
Geography
Keywords
Environmental Education
Experiential Education
Place-based Education
Outdoor Education
Community
Ecosystem
Biotic
URLs
https://www.ecoliteracy.org/sites/default/files/uploads/CEL_Lesson_Jobs_in_a_Biotic_Community.pdf
https://www.ecoliteracy.org/download/downloadable-resource-jobs-biotic-community
Duration
60 minutes
Language
English
Date Created
Jun 30, 2018
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Understanding Food and Climate Change: A Systems Perspective by the Centre for Ecoliteracy

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Activity
Lesson plan/Unit plan
Presentation
Grade Level
10
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Adult
Submitted By
EEPSA : http://eepsa.org/ - 2 years ago
Description
Understanding Food and Climate Change: A Systems …
Resource Type
Activity
Lesson plan/Unit plan
Presentation
Grade Level
10
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Adult
Submitted By
EEPSA : http://eepsa.org/ - 2 years ago
Description
Understanding Food and Climate Change: A Systems Perspective explores the links between food systems and our changing climate with an emphasis on systems thinking. A systems approach helps to illuminate how seemingly disconnected phenomena are often dynamically linked and can be understood best when viewed in a larger context. This collection of essays contains an extensive bibliography that provides resources for further investigation. Available as a free iBook for Mac and iPad users.
Subject
Revised Curriculum
Cross-Curricular
Science
Environmental Science
Geography
Keywords
Ecoliteracy
Food Systems
Environmental Education
Sustainabilty
URLs
https://www.ecoliteracy.org/download/understanding-food-and-climate-change-systems-perspective
Duration
60-75 minutes
Language
English
Date Created
Jun 30, 2018