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Nature Survey

Elementary

Description

This engaging outdoor activity features an exploratory approach that fosters a genuine connection to the natural world.  Students use science skills to survey living organisms in a local green space and describe their findings with pictographs and drawings.  Strengthened by excellent support materials like student worksheets, the learning experience provides an increased awareness of the value of microhabitats in supporting global biodiversity.  As they detect, sort and count the organisms found in trees students will also deepen their understanding of:

  • Habitat relationships
  • Biological classification
  • Animal adaptations
  • Data collection and analysis

General Assessment

Recommendation of how and where to use it

This practical lesson supports science curriculum outcomes related to habitats and interactions within ecosystems.  The activities also strengthen math skills in counting and describing data using simple graphs.  One notable component of this resource is that it includes some conservation action ideas to build upon the learning experience.  Sustainability outcomes could be achieved through citizenship projects such as a cleanup of a natural area, restoring a riparian zone through tree planting or implementing a school paper reduction program. 

This lesson could also be used as part of a broader unit examining seasonal changes in nature.  A class could explore how trees provide important habitat for organisms like overwintering insects or nesting birds.  They could also investigate plant growth by describing leaf changes in deciduous trees.

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        • Concrete items can be represented, compared, and interpreted pictorially in graphs.
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        • The likelihood of possible outcomes can be examined, compared, and interpreted
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Themes Addressed

  • Ecosystems (2)

    • Appreciating the Natural World
    • Biodiversity