Source: Even during the winter, there are some wet swampy areas that defy freezing. Sometimes it’s the current; sometimes it’s the heat from decomposition that keeps the water from freezing. Alternatively chopping through ice in a shallow swampy are would also give you access to the bottom detritus. A sample was taken from my backyard pond on Dec 10th.
Sample: When taking a sample, ensure that there is plenty of vegetation. Some will still be green. You may find Duck Weed, or some kind of filamentous algae. A 500 mL sample will provide enough material for several classes. I re-purposed a used blister pack to act as well slides for this activity. When glued to popsicle sticks, my mechanical stage easily gripped this. That allowed me to have 6 samples on the stage at once.
This is a picture of my front lawn. You might see a decided absence of grass. When I first moved here, it took me almost 2 hours to cut the grass in the front and back yard. At my wife’s urging she suggested that we plant trees to make the busy road in front of our house disappear, buffer the traffic noise, and put a stop to the endless cutting of grass.
In addition by selecting some plants natural to the landscape, we have made a difference to this small welcome insect. Win/win…considerably less grass cutting, and a more interesting yard.
Extend that same idea to a school yard, and an ecology field trip could be as convenient as a short walk outside.
Images taken with a Motorola Cell Phone with an Android System..
The purpose behind this project is to help people learn about environmental issues using a hands-on approach and actions that they can take to minimize their environmental footprint. A suggestion for the culminating activity is to organize an Eco-Fair for the students to display and present their projects to the rest of the school and/or the community. Please note that this project does not need to be cross-curricular between Science and Geography. It can absolutely be a stand-alone for each subject. Other curricular areas could be integrated such as Visual Arts, Literacy or Mathematics. Continue reading →
This resource is a research project through the medicine wheel of learning.
Task: In pairs or triads, consult the following media sources to complete the ‘Medicine Wheel of Learning’ graphic organizer and
complete the research/writing prompts based on a particular resource. Continue reading →
For this project you will be designing your own imaginary ecosystem, including the living and nonliving components. You may work by yourself or with a partner. No more than two people may work together on the project. You may either hand draw your poster or can design it digitally using software of your choice. Posters will be placed on the walls around the science classroom once you have completed and submitted them.