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Ecological Literacy Unit activity lesson plan grade 4

TITLE OF ACTIVITY:

Welcome to the Forest and the Woodland

ECOLOGICAL PRINCIPLE(S) BEING ADDRESSED:

Interdependence: Species of the woodland and the forest

STANDARD(S) BEING ADDRESSED:

1.19 Research

1.15 Speaking

7.13 Interdependence and Organisms

4.6 Understanding Place

INQUIRY/FOCUSING QUESTIONS:

What are the plants found in the forest/woodland habitat?

Who can describe what a forest is like?

What living things can you find in a forest/woodland habitat?

TOPIC:

Introduction to Forest/Woodland species.

PROCEDURES:

Discuss focusing questions.

Review essential elements of a habitat.

Share homework assignment and add plant life to chart

Specify general habitat to forest/woodland habitat.

Vocabulary discussion

Go outside and identify species of the forest.

Make leaf prints

Homework-Meet a tree questionnaire.

MATERIALS:

Vocabulary sheet, leaf print materials, "meet a tree" questionnaire

CULTURAL HERITAGE CONNECTIONS:

Tree industry/Maple trees-sugaring/logging/wood heat/uses in the community of tree products.

TASK/CONTENT-SPECIFIC ASSESSMENT:

Focusing questions-task

Group work-anecdotal

Presentations-task

Identification-performance

Discussion times-anecdotal

 

GENERALIZED-STANDARD ASSESSMENT:
1.15 Speaking rubric (tool)

1.19 Research (tool)

7.13 Organisms rubric (tool)

7.13 Interdependence rubric (tool)

4.6 Understanding Place (tool)