This Teaching Model is made up of 14 pages not counting the cover. It is a student investigation of the animals living on the local school grounds.
In this activity Students can learn about the natural world around them through careful observation, classification, and identification of the animals in the local school environment, and when the animals are not visible, they will learn from the evidence left by the animals that have been there but left.
Students should be able to recognize signs of selected animals by such signs as tracks, food, cuttings, homes and scats. In addition they should be able to describe some of the environmental factors necessary for the existence of selected animals.
This investigation should be carried out by students during at least two different seasons.
Why? To allow students to see and understand when the habitat of an ecosystem changes the animals that the ecosystem supports also changes. Example – winter inventory of animal’s vs. spring inventory of animals.
What is included in the lesson?
21/2 pages for the teacher with Generalizations, Objectives, Resources,
Alignment with NGSS, Alignment with Common Core
Vocabulary, and Credits
1 page for the Student's Vocabulary
2 pages of Student activities
Instruction for Activities and an Animal Clue Chart
3 pages of Animal Habitat Cards (Two sided – Photo and Description)
1 page of blank Habitat Cards for Students to make Habitat cards for
animals unique to their school's ecosystem.
Be sure to check the Preview page for a selection of the pages included.
Please let me know of any suggestions you have that will improve your use of this teaching model. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Environmental Ed Guy