ERIC Number: ED103243
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971
Reference Count: N/A
Oaks, Acorns, Climate and Squirrels, An Environmental Investigation.
National Wildlife Federation, Washington, DC.; Minnesota Environmental Sciences Foundation, Inc., Minneapolis.
This environmental unit is one of a series designed for integration within an existing curriculum. The unit is self-contained and requires minimal teacher preparation. The philosophy of the units is based on an experience-oriented process that encourages self-paced independent student work. In this particular unit, oaks and acorns are the vehicle by which primary school children discover the interrelationships of organisms in their environment. The unit is divided into four parts. In the first part, students work outside to collect and plant acorns and to observe their development into seedlings. Next, the students determine when acorns fall from the trees and discover the larvae living inside them. In the third part, the role of squirrels is studied in relation to the acorns. Lastly, the effect of climate on acorn germination is determined. These activities provide background information, materials needed, directions, and additional topics for teachers. (MA)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Environmental Education, Instructional Materials, Investigations, Learning Activities, Natural Resources, Outdoor Education, Plant Growth, Primary Education, Science Education, Teaching Guides, Trees
National Wildlife Federation, 1412 16th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036 (Order No. 79089, $1.50)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Wildlife Federation, Washington, DC.; Minnesota Environmental Sciences Foundation, Inc., Minneapolis.