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Ecological Literacy Unit activity lesson plan, grade 4

TITLE OF ACTIVITY:

Who’s Who in the Woods Too?

ECOLOGICAL PRINCIPLE(S) BEING ADDRESSED:

Biodiversity

STANDARD(S) BEING ADDRESSED:

7.1 Scientific method (describe, investigate, phenomena)

7.13 Interdependence and Organisms

4.6 Understanding Place

INQUIRY/FOCUSING QUESTIONS:

Who’s Who in the Woods Too?

What are the different types of forests?

What are some species native to Vermont found in these forests?

Can you identify the sub-species?

TOPIC:

Deciduous, Boreal, Conifer forest

PROCEDURES:

What is a deciduous forest?

What is a boreal forest?

What is a conifer forest?

Define richness and equality: discuss why you need both.

Go outside with scavenger lists and collect examples

Later lessons-Use specimens to do art class rubbings. Use field guides to identify species.

MATERIALS:

Vocabulary sheet, Scavenger lists, Newspaper, materials for pressing

CULTURAL HERITAGE CONNECTIONS:

What if apple trees, beech trees, and sugar maples disappear? How would this affect our culture and economy?

TASK/CONTENT-SPECIFIC ASSESSMENT:

Discussion times-anecdotal

Art rubbings-task

Scavenger hunt-task

Collecting and pressing-anecdotal

Identification-performance

GENERALIZED-STANDARD ASSESSMENT:
7.13 Organisms rubric (tool)

4.6 Understanding place rubric (tool)

7.1 Scientific Method observation rubric (tool)