ERIC Number: ED392623
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Understanding Our Environment: Life.
Arndt, Laura M. Sanders
This unit is part of the Understanding Our Environment project that is designed to engage students in investigating specific environmental problems through concrete activities and direct experience. Students begin by researching the migratory songbirds that live in their community. They determine the bird's roles in the ecosystems and their requirements for survival. The investigations explore the importance of energy, cycles, and organism interactions in maintaining a stable system. The unit concludes with students using their new knowledge to create a wildlife habitat at their school or homes to study these birds and other wildlife. Objectives include: learning which migratory birds are in the neighborhood and where they go for the rest of the year, examining the role of a local migratory bird in each of its ecosystems, understanding the concept of a food web, exploring the flow of energy through ecosystems, learning about the cycling of matter through the environment, understanding the interdependence of living things and the importance of biodiversity to ecosystems, relating human activities to quality of the environment, and observing the interactions of birds and other wildlife by creating or improving a habitat at school or home. (JRH)
Descriptors: Animals, Birds, Conservation (Environment), Earth Science, Ecology, Elementary Secondary Education, Environmental Education, Hands on Science, Investigations, Migration, Ornithology, Science Activities
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Science Teachers Association, Arlington, VA.
Note: For all seven units in this series, see SE 057 794-801.