Nature Lab

Haiku poems

Note: this activity is associated with the lesson on exploring ecosystems. Flamingo Haiku – Student sample Haiku poems Purpose:  To understand haikus and how to construct them. Materials:  Recycled paper, pencil, colored pencils, crayons, marker, watercolor paper, watercolors, and water cups. Common Core Standards: English Language Arts…

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Ecosystem Metaphors

Note: this activity is associated with the lesson on exploring ecosystems. Purpose:  To understand metaphors and how to construct them. Materials:  Recycled paper, pencil, colored pencils, crayons, marker, watercolor paper, watercolors, and water cups. Common Core Standards: English Language Arts Standards Reading: Language: Craft and Structure: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.4…

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Water cycle: take action!

Students can create a PowerPoint presentation and share their Take Action statements with other 3rd – 5th grade classrooms. They can even challenge classes to come up with their own Take Action commitments. In addition, students will pledge to conserve water every day. They will…

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Water cycle play

Note: This is Activity 4 of the water cycle lesson for grades 3–5. Purpose: To provide students with an opportunity to work together collaboratively on a common goal: writing, creating, designing, and performing their own water cycle play. Materials: Recycled sustainable paper, poster board, paint, construction paper,…

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Causal relationships

Note: This is Activity 3 of the water cycle lesson for grades 3–5. Purpose: To bring awareness about how rainforests play a critical role in maintaining water cycles globally. Procedure: Pairing students together and having each pair choose which question they would like to teach the class…

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Ecosystem books

Vervet monkey animal book Students can choose an ecosystem and research information, construct their own writing based on the information they have researched, and illustrate their own pictures. Procedure: Useful files/links: Completed Student Examples 3rd grade student book examples Wetlands – Bobcat Wetlands – Brush…

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Comparing water cycles

Note: This is Activity 2 of the water cycle lesson for grades 3–5. Purpose:  To appreciate the difference in the amount of precipitation between rainforest regions and students’ location. Materials:  Access to the Internet, pencil, recycled sustainable notebook paper, graphing paper, poster board, markers, crayons,…

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Sort and Classify

This activity is part of the lesson on exploring ecosystems. Sea nettle, a type of jellyfish. Students will engage in sorting biotic and abiotic things. They will also classify the animals (vertebrate, invertebrate) and plants within a particular ecosystem. Purpose: To build awareness and understanding about…

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