Schoolyard Ecology GEMS GEMS. Activity 1 Exploring the Schoolyard Area. This activity incorporates a combination of science and math skills as students compile information and construct concepts about the environment. What kind of living things have you already seen in this area?. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation
Schoolyard EcologyGEMSGEMSThis activity incorporates a combination of science and math skills as students compile information and construct concepts about the environment.
Activity 1Exploring the Schoolyard Area
What kind of living things have you already seen in this area?
Name parts of the schoolyard that get the warmest and the areas that get the coolestWarmestCoolest
What else besides warmth and coldness might be important to living things?
Environmental FactorsEnvironmental FactorsSunlightMoistureCoverAir movementTemperatureSoundsHuman activityLeaf litter
Sunny/shadyWet/dryBushy areas/open spacesWindy/calmHot/coldNoisy/quietMost people use/east people useMost dead leaves/least dead leaves
Environmental FactorsMost/LeastWhy do scientist study these factors?
Environmental Factors(Scientist try to find out how these factors affect living things)For shelterHiding placesFood
What are some reasons animals might need cover?
The Challenge!Search for and study animals and plantsObserve (carefully notice) certain things about the environmentUse your senses of sight, smell, hearing, and touchEspecially study three factors: Sunlight, moisture, and cover
Today you will be scientistsYour jobs:
Study and record a specific environmental factor (sunlight, moisture or cover)For example, if you are studying sunlight, you must find three of the sunniest places in the study area and three of the shadiest and mark them on your map (sunny or shady).Walk quietly Stay with your partnerCarry clipboard with maps
Example of how to mark 3 sunny and 3 shady places on your maps.
Share interesting discoveries you made about temperature, air movement, sounds, and other factors
Post Observation Discussion and QuestionsRecord some discoveries about sunlight, moisture, and cover on a large map
How do you think the time of day might affect some of the marks?
What about the time of year?
If we go back to the study area tomorrow, where do you think well find the most insects? The least? Why?
Post Observation Discussion and QuestionsEcologist are scientist who get to study the environment and living things in it. In upcoming days, you will be acting as schoolyard ecologistsYoutube video of Ecologisthttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ta34lJ_G54A&feature=relatedMagic school bus Ants in pantshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ARcFpslC4M&feature=relmfuMagic School Bus Spins a WebInsect song http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYawa4piO4kBug Song http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFiknlPfSgUIf I were a bug song http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPyEdqg7GlQ&feature=relatedCreepy crawly http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9Ej5vT3tcg&feature=relatedHead, Thorax, & Abdomen" the insect songhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TW4S4ZnV020