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Meet the bush dog

Check out these bush dogs caught on camera trap! Get to know me: I am a bush dog (scientific name: Speothos venaticus). I am a canid – a canid is a group of dog-like mammals that includes foxes, wolves, coyotes, jackals, dingoes, and other dog-like species.…

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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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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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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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Exploring Ecosystems

3rd-5th Grade (upper elementary/primary) Note: This is lesson 3 in a 4-part series on the water cycle, photosynthesis, exploring ecosystems, and scientific inquiry in local ecosystems. Find lessons 1, 2 and 4 here (click relevant link). Lesson 3: Exploring ecosystems (a) Root words can help…

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The water cycle

3rd–5th grade (upper elementary/primary) Note: This is lesson 1 in a 4-part series on the water cycle, photosynthesis, exploring ecosystems, and scientific inquiry in local ecosystems. Find lessons 2, 3 and 4 here (click relevant link). Overview Purpose: The purpose of this lesson is two-fold: (a) for…

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Scientific inquiry in local ecosystems

3rd-5th Grade (upper elementary/primary) Note: This is lesson 4 in a 4-part series on the water cycle, photosynthesis, exploring ecosystems, and scientific inquiry in local ecosystems. Find lessons 1, 2 and 3 here (click relevant link). This scientific inquiry is geared at students that live…

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Impressionism

Note: this activity is part of the lesson on photosynthesis. Activity 5: Impressionism Purpose: To show students how an artist such as Monet was inspired by nature to create masterpieces. Perhaps students can create their own masterpiece using his technique of capturing light (using lighter shades…

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