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Science and Mathematics Education

2016

5th Grade Ecology Unit: A Sagebrush Expedition

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Culminating Synthesis Research Project, Paige L. Fisher, Ana K. Houseal, Jenna Shim, Dorothy Tuthill Jan 2016

Culminating Synthesis Research Project, Paige L. Fisher, Ana K. Houseal, Jenna Shim, Dorothy Tuthill

5th Grade Ecology Unit: A Sagebrush Expedition

Students will participate in a culminating research project where they will be able to express what they have learned throughout the unit. Students will work in small groups and have the opportunity to research a topic they are curious to explore further. These topics will be based on lessons that were covered throughout the unit. Students will participate in the scientific process and in doing so continue to think about what is special about their community and what they can learn from it. Students will have time to think of their question, make a hypothesis, decide how they will gather ...


Naturalist Journal And Each 1 Teach 1 Assessment Write, Paige L. Fisher, Ana K. Houseal, Dorothy Tuthill, Jenna Shim Jan 2016

Naturalist Journal And Each 1 Teach 1 Assessment Write, Paige L. Fisher, Ana K. Houseal, Dorothy Tuthill, Jenna Shim

5th Grade Ecology Unit: A Sagebrush Expedition

In order to create a social, student-centered learning environment, you will prepare and facilitate a 10-minute lesson on a natural history topic of your choice during the third week of the unit. Your lesson can be completed with a partner or alone. You will present your topic to peers and instructor and will be given immediate feedback. You can choose a topic that interests you or from the list of topics below.


Field Trip To The Sagebrush Ecosystem, Paige L. Fisher, Ana K. Houseal, Dorothy Tuthill, Jenna Shim Jan 2016

Field Trip To The Sagebrush Ecosystem, Paige L. Fisher, Ana K. Houseal, Dorothy Tuthill, Jenna Shim

5th Grade Ecology Unit: A Sagebrush Expedition

The goal of taking a field trip into the sagebrush ecosystem is to observe and apply the scientific concepts and skills that have been learned throughout the unit thus far. Students will be given the opportunity to practice steps of the science circle through making observations as they explore the landscape, asking questions of what they are observing, and practice making hypotheses using evidence to back up their claims. Students will have the opportunity to practice some of the scientific skills they have learned such as taking soil cores and ribbon tests and they will apply concepts such as the ...


Lesson 9: Humans In The Sagebrush Landscape, Paige L. Fisher, Ana K. Houseal, Dorothy Tuthill, Jenna Shim Jan 2016

Lesson 9: Humans In The Sagebrush Landscape, Paige L. Fisher, Ana K. Houseal, Dorothy Tuthill, Jenna Shim

5th Grade Ecology Unit: A Sagebrush Expedition

Lesson 9 examines the various impacts that humans have on the sagebrush ecosystem. Through observations and explorations student will gain a better understanding of both the positive and negative impacts that humans can have on a landscape and how humans are an interconnected part of the natural world. Students will explore the idea of stewardship and how this effects the awareness of local issues.


Lesson 8: Sage Grouse: An Umbrella Species, Paige L. Fisher, Ana K. Houseal, Dorothy Tuthill, Jenna Shim Jan 2016

Lesson 8: Sage Grouse: An Umbrella Species, Paige L. Fisher, Ana K. Houseal, Dorothy Tuthill, Jenna Shim

5th Grade Ecology Unit: A Sagebrush Expedition

Through role play as conservation biologists, students will discover what an umbrella species is and how the protection of an umbrella species can indirectly protect many other species who also rely and use the same habitat. Students will work in small groups to make a decision on which species to protect using evidence to back up their choice. This will lead to the discovery of what an umbrella species is and how it can be useful for wildlife managers in making conservation decisions. Students will then have the opportunity to learn more about how the Greater Sage Grouse is considered ...


Lesson 7: Exploring Insects Of The Sagebrush Landscape, Paige L. Fisher, Ana K. Houseal, Dorothy Tuthill, Jenna Shim Jan 2016

Lesson 7: Exploring Insects Of The Sagebrush Landscape, Paige L. Fisher, Ana K. Houseal, Dorothy Tuthill, Jenna Shim

5th Grade Ecology Unit: A Sagebrush Expedition

Lesson 7 explores insects that exist within the sagebrush ecosystem. Students will investigate what kinds of insects they can find around their school yard and identify them according to their order. They will learn how to make bug traps in order to catch a variety of insects. They will be able to compare the insects found in their school yard to insects they find on a field trip to the sagebrush. Students will learn more about a particular order of insects by creating a species account of an insect they found. This account will include the insects’ importance to the ...


Lesson 6: Plant Identification And Dichotomous Keys, Paige L. Fisher, Ana K. Houseal, Dorothy Tuthill, Jenna Shim Jan 2016

Lesson 6: Plant Identification And Dichotomous Keys, Paige L. Fisher, Ana K. Houseal, Dorothy Tuthill, Jenna Shim

5th Grade Ecology Unit: A Sagebrush Expedition

The purpose of this lesson is for students to begin to compare and contrast different plant species that are present in the sagebrush ecosystem. For this lesson they will be focusing on shrubs that you can find in this landscape. Students will begin to understand how dichotomous keys work through a sorting and categorizing activity where they will sort and categorize plant samples based on their unique characteristics. Students will begin to understand the importance of using specific adjectives when describing and sorting plants in order to identify them to species. Students will learn more about shrub species that exist ...


Lesson 5: Food Webs In The Sagebrush Ecosystem, Paige L. Fisher, Ana K. Houseal, Dorothy Tuthill, Jenna Shim Jan 2016

Lesson 5: Food Webs In The Sagebrush Ecosystem, Paige L. Fisher, Ana K. Houseal, Dorothy Tuthill, Jenna Shim

5th Grade Ecology Unit: A Sagebrush Expedition

The objective of this lesson is have students understand the meaning of matter and how it moves into, out of and within the sagebrush ecosystem among plants, animals, insects, decomposers and the environment. They will be given the opportunity to create a model demonstrating understanding of the different trophic levels and how matter moves between these layers through exploration, acting, application, and synthesis work. They will investigate how all species are connected, as well as explore the idea that the removal of one can species can affect the whole system. Students will create a deeper understanding of the interconnected relationships ...


Lesson 4: The Dirt On Soil In The Sagebrush, Paige L. Fisher, Ana K. Houseal, Dorothy Tuthill, Jenna Shim Jan 2016

Lesson 4: The Dirt On Soil In The Sagebrush, Paige L. Fisher, Ana K. Houseal, Dorothy Tuthill, Jenna Shim

5th Grade Ecology Unit: A Sagebrush Expedition

This lesson aims to have students dig deeper into soil. Although plants rely chiefly on air and water to grow, which they learned in the previous lesson, soil is extremely important for plants as it provides stability, nutrients, and hold water. Students will be given the opportunity to learn about how a local research scientist uses soil to predict the future of the sagebrush ecosystem as they learn how to test and take samples of the soil. They will learn about the different particle sizes in the soil and how this affects water retention, different layers that can be found ...


Lesson 3: The Importance Of Air And Water To The Sagebrush, Paige L. Fisher, Ana K. Houseal, Dorothy Tuthill, Jenna Shim Jan 2016

Lesson 3: The Importance Of Air And Water To The Sagebrush, Paige L. Fisher, Ana K. Houseal, Dorothy Tuthill, Jenna Shim

5th Grade Ecology Unit: A Sagebrush Expedition

The objective of this lesson is to explore some of the abiotic factors that influence the sagebrush landscape. Students will review what they learned from the landscape equation through a fun game of Simon Says. They will think about why plants rely chiefly on air and water to create their own food in order to grow. The emphasis will be on the idea that plant matter comes mostly from air and water not from soil. Through inquiry, students will design a mini research investigation that explores deeper into the relationship between these abiotic factors and plants which allows students the ...


Lesson 2: The Landscape Equation, Paige L. Fisher, Ana K. Houseal, Dorothy Tuthill, Jenna Shim Jan 2016

Lesson 2: The Landscape Equation, Paige L. Fisher, Ana K. Houseal, Dorothy Tuthill, Jenna Shim

5th Grade Ecology Unit: A Sagebrush Expedition

This lesson is an inquiry of breaking down the components of a landscape through the lens of an equation. Students will gain knowledge about the interdependent relationships between the abiotic, biotic and cultural components of a landscape in order to lead them to a deeper understanding of an ecosystem as a whole. Students will use observation skills to group and categorize objects in order to lead them to deciphering the landscape equation. Through hands-on activities and group work students will have the opportunity to understand the components of a landscape, learn new scientific vocabulary, create a model that demonstrates the ...


Lesson 1: Introduction To Place Through Maps And Sagebrush, Paige L. Fisher, Ana K. Houseal, Dorothy Tuthill, Jenna Shim Jan 2016

Lesson 1: Introduction To Place Through Maps And Sagebrush, Paige L. Fisher, Ana K. Houseal, Dorothy Tuthill, Jenna Shim

5th Grade Ecology Unit: A Sagebrush Expedition

This lesson aims to initiate students’ thinking about place, community, and science. By creating maps of their own community and exploring maps in WyoBio, students will be introduced to the scientific process or “Science Circle”. Students will be given the opportunity to (a) use their observation skills to create their own map as well and explore other maps (b) learn how observations can help inform our maps and (c) how maps can help us have a better understanding of our own community or place.


Sagebrush Unit Overview, Paige L. Fisher, Ana K. Houseal, Dorothy Tuthill, Jenna Shim Jan 2016

Sagebrush Unit Overview, Paige L. Fisher, Ana K. Houseal, Dorothy Tuthill, Jenna Shim

5th Grade Ecology Unit: A Sagebrush Expedition

Building science literacy through inquiry-based exploration and hands-on experiences empowers students to problem solve and think critically about current issues facing the scientific community. It gives them tools to successfully navigate and interact positively with their local ecosystem and community. Further, it allows them to observe the natural and social world, draw conclusions based on evidence, and make informed and productive decisions.

This unit will give students the opportunity to explore the diversity of life found within the sagebrush ecosystem. They will explore this landscape through scientific and historical land use lenses. Students will build capacity in scientific inquiry skills ...