Wed May 02, 2012 6:44 AM
Organisms: Grades K-4
This is an excellent resource for ideas on teaching ecosystems, and survival. Unfortunately, many of the internet links no longer work, and some of the activities are not quite appropriate for the K-4 range. One particularly exceptional website, whose link still work is: http://www.enaturalist.org/topic.htm?topic_ID=94 Here students can connect the science content that they learn in school and apply it to an environmental cause and become advocates for improving our environment.
Sat Apr 28, 2012 10:47 PM
Organisms: Grade K-4
The Sciguide was useful because it connected well with the Scipacks on Coral Reef Ecosystems and the Flow of Matter and Energy in Ecosystems. The lessons shared in the Sciguide provided me with starting points for creating my own lessons.
The lesson plan: Survivors! piqued my interest because it related adaptations of native species to their survival in cold weather. However, although the concept seemed promising, many of the website links no longer work or were connected to sites that were not permitted via our DOE internal portal. One website that did prove to be particularly useful was: http://www.enaturalist.org/topic.htm?topic_ID=17. The site even contains information about whale watching in Hawaii and Alaska! Despite some of the setbacks, I would recommend other teachers to view the Sciguide for resources and information when considering building units/lessons on ecosystems and interdependence.