Are your students obsessed with GPS games? Use it to your advantage! In this outdoor exploration lesson plan and activity, students find local geocaches (containers hidden in plain sight) and learn how GPS can be used in the classroom. The worksheets and directions provided for teachers make this an easy and fun lesson to implement. This environmental science lesson and activity is a great introduction to communities, ecosystems, and succession.
This lesson is part of my Environmental Science: Biosphere Bundle
. All 7 of these lessons are designed for a flipped classroom, but are easily adapted for any science teacher interested in a hands-on, project-based approach to learning.
Topics in this lesson include: keystone species, foundation species, umbrella species, indicator species, ecological succession, primary succession, secondary succession, pioneer community, climax community.
This lesson is designed to facilitate independent learning and is ideal for a sub plan or simply to encourage self-instruction of basic concepts. If independent learning isn't your goal, it still fits perfectly into a teacher-directed curriculum.
Included in this product:
-Lesson plan overview for teacher with links to all content materials
-Student worksheets with vocabulary and discussion questions
-Websites and videos list for independent instruction or web-quest
-Environmental Geocaching activity with instructions, team jobs, student worksheet, and teacher instructions
-Concept map for vocabulary review
-Teacher answer keys
Ready to spend more time practicing concepts, doing activities and labs with your class and less time droning on about vocabulary and basic ideas? So are your students! Start flipping your classroom!
What's a flipped classroom?
In a flipped science classroom, students independently gain vocabulary and basic concepts through internet webquests and videos. Then, in a teacher-guided lab activity, students are able to practice these concepts and see them come to life in real environments.
But I don't have a flipped classroom. Can I still use this product?
Absolutely! Your students can just do the independent learning and web-quests on the first day or two, then follow with the activity/lab the following day! The independent learning days are also great for subs!
This curriculum is ideally geared towards high school students, but is appropriate for any student looking for an independent, student-centered approach to learning. The lessons may be used as part of a complete curriculum, but they also work great for independent learners or substitute plans.
My Environmental Science Series includes lessons for each sphere of the earth:
1. Environmental Science: Atmosphere Bundle
2. Environmental Science: Biosphere Bundle
3. Environmental Science: Lithosphere Bundle
4. Environmental Science: Hydrosphere Bundle
These lessons are designed to be easy to use for both students and teachers. Regardless of whether you've taught Environmental Science for years or just need a quick lesson to add to your science curriculum, this is the perfect selection.
This is a very thorough, engaging set of lessons. Your students will thank you!
Designed and implemented by Anne Morgan, Biology and Environmental Science Teacher
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