Zula STEM Remote Learning: Eco Balancing Act

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K - 5th
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This engaging, hands-on, STEM mission, can be easily led remotely or done with minimal adult guidance at home. This mission consists of multiple hands-on activities which introduce students to ecosystems through experimentation with a simulated ecosystem tower and an analog bee and pollen. Missions are science-based but also incorporate connections with math, language arts, creative arts, and social studies. Zula STEM began as the children’s science television show The Zula Patrol on PBS. Included in this mission is a link to the Zula Patrol episode “Choosing Sides” which discusses creature camouflage and reinforces key ideas in this mission.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Develop a simple sketch, drawing, or physical model to illustrate how the shape of an object helps it function as needed to solve a given problem.
Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction. Examples of structures could include thorns, stems, roots, colored petals, heart, stomach, lung, brain, and skin. Assessment is limited to macroscopic structures within plant and animal systems.
Use a model to represent the relationship between the needs of different plants or animals (including humans) and the places they live. Examples of relationships could include that deer eat buds and leaves, therefore, they usually live in forested areas; and, grasses need sunlight so they often grow in meadows. Plants, animals, and their surroundings make up a system.
Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment. Emphasis is on the idea that matter that is not food (air, water, decomposed materials in soil) is changed by plants into matter that is food. Examples of systems could include organisms, ecosystems, and the Earth. Assessment does not include molecular explanations.
Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all. Examples of evidence could include needs and characteristics of the organisms and habitats involved. The organisms and their habitat make up a system in which the parts depend on each other.


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