Endangered Ecosystems Teacher's Guide
Students will learn firsthand how Earthwatch teams study animals in their environment and work to preserve these endangered ecosystems.
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12
- Discuss the importance of preserving endangered ecosystems.
- Use graphic organizers to order their questions and discoveries.
- Read online texts from the Field Reports to build comprehension of the nature of scientific inquiry.
- Demonstrate an understanding of content by participating in a question and answer discussion of their reading.
- Interact with a food web and gain an understanding of animal eating habits.
- Complete a skill sheet and draw conclusions about the effects of change on the food web.
- Read online texts from the field site to build comprehension about the rain forest and wetland environments and their organisms.
- Demonstrate an understanding of diversity and adaptations of organisms by participating in a question and answer discussion of their reading.
- Interact with online technology to build caterpillars that are suited to their environment.
- Discuss how the student-built caterpillars' structure and function help them fit into their environment.
- Participate in a bulletin board with the student and scientist explorers studying river otters.
- Investigate a local ecosystem by making observations and collecting samples.
- Use a variety of technological and informative resources to conduct research and analyze data about the ecosystem.
- Write about the characteristics and changes in the ecosystem.
Lesson Plans for this Unit
Lesson 1: Endangered Ecosystems Grades 4-5
Lesson 2: Endangered Ecosystems Grades 6-9
Lesson 3: Rainforest Caterpillars
Lesson 4: Taking an Animal Census Grades 3-8
Lesson 5: Riparian Zones Grades 4-8