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Backyard Ecology Activity | Printable and Google Apps | Distance Learning

Grade Levels
5th - 12th, Homeschool
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4 pages
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Description

This free ecology activity is perfect for laying the groundwork prior to your ecology unit. This questionnaire will get your students thinking about the ecology and environmental issues of your local community.

This resource includes:

  • Editable and Printable 4-Page Student Handout
  • Editable and Printable 1-Page Paper Saving Handout (Students will use their own notebook paper.)
  • Paperless Digital Version for use in Google Drive, Google Classroom, and/or Microsoft OneDrive.

This resource is perfect for distance learning and for students in 1:1 classrooms.

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The first step in protecting our fragile environment is education. Students must learn about the ecology of their immediate area, and take steps to protect, conserve and improve their local environment. How aware are your students of the environment in which they live?

This is the first assignment that I give my students when starting my first unit on ecology and the environment. This thought-provoking activity requires the student to work through a series of questions about their local environment and their efforts to protect and conserve it.

Types of questions include:

  1. Name 5 plants that seem to be native to your area. For each plant, list one reason why it is important to humans. For example, can these plants be used as a source of food? Are they used in landscaping?
  2. List three organizations or agencies in your area that are involved in the conservation and protection of the environment. Describe the purpose of each agency/organization.
  3. When you consider the area in which you live, are there any obvious sources of pollution? If so, describe the source and the type of pollution.

This four page worksheet has 23 questions.

There are no right or wrong answers. My hope is that this activity will encourage students to increase their efforts in conservation and maintenance of the environment.

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NGSSHS-ESS3-4
Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems. Examples of data on the impacts of human activities could include the quantities and types of pollutants released, changes to biomass and species diversity, or areal changes in land surface use (such as for urban development, agriculture and livestock, or surface mining). Examples for limiting future impacts could range from local efforts (such as reducing, reusing, and recycling resources) to large-scale geoengineering design solutions (such as altering global temperatures by making large changes to the atmosphere or ocean).
NGSSMS-ESS3-3
Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment. Examples of the design process include examining human environmental impacts, assessing the kinds of solutions that are feasible, and designing and evaluating solutions that could reduce that impact. Examples of human impacts can include water usage (such as the withdrawal of water from streams and aquifers or the construction of dams and levees), land usage (such as urban development, agriculture, or the removal of wetlands), and pollution (such as of the air, water, or land).
Distinguish among facts, reasoned judgment based on research findings, and speculation in a text.

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