Vocabulary to Master:
Riparian buffer, habitat, ecosystem, aquifer, watershed, wetland, estuary, marsh, bog, erosion, filter, groundwater,
runoff, pollution, soil, hydrologist.
Watch - Reduce Runoff: Slow It Down, Spread It Out, Soak It In - online video
Read: New Proof About Buffers & Wetlands and forested buffers are vital
Do: Nonpoint Source Pollution Awareness - What's Wrong with This Picture?
Evaluate - How well does your school or a local park manage runoff?
1. What observations can you make to gauge the effectiveness of the efforts?
2. Scientists are organized when they make observations. Develop an observation form.
3. Make your observations - Scientists collect data over time with repeated observations. In doing this, they strive to avoid an incorrect assessment that is based on a one time event.
Visual evidence can be very compelling. Collect some by taking digital photos or video taping the runoff.
4. Examine you collected data. Conclude - Are the school's or parks' efforts effective?
5. Based on your findings - What should be done?
6. If you have identified a need for action - Develop a plan of action. Consider establishing a rain garden
7. Present the plan to your Principal - PTO - School Board - Community Park Board. (Digital Science Journal)
Identify a riparian area in your community. Assess its biodiversity and viability.
Your community is excited about the proposed shopping center. The builder has purchased an "empty" tract of land next to a stream. The project is being promoted because it will mean new jobs and more shopping choices. Local environmentalists are concerned about the impact of the development on the stream. Write a letter to the editor or a speech to be delivered at a public meeting that advocates for the preservation of a riparian buffer between the shopping center and the stream. Use lots of facts to bolster your argument.
Examine a Community Development Project - problem based learning
Green mapping - Identify and map riparian buffers in your community
Map and inventory a local wetland
Make a VE video about the issue. (VE Rating - Very educational making a strong use of data and critical thinking skills.)
Excellent examples: Requiem for the Honeybee from Charles Greene CSPAN Student Cam project
Down to the Last DROP from Madison Richards CSPAN Student Cam project
Ecosystems in Wetlands resources lesson plans
Stream Biology and Ecology
Wetlands: Habitat / Mammals / Birds / Macrovertebrates - Aquatic Insects / Plants & trees / Amphibians / Conclusions
Food Web Relationships / Wetland Ecology Vocabulary Exercise / Life Cycles / Mammal Morphology: compare - contrast
Bats are our Buddies / Amphibians Internet Activity / Riparian Buffers - investigate / Wetland Ecology Dilemmas
Just Ducky - crossword puzzle
/ Name that Duck practice / Eagles Evaluation / Lentic or Lotic ecosystem? / Stream Assessment form.
Citizen Science Projects - collect some data / Collecting data pdf. - doc. / Digital Science Journal
Wetland Poem Project / Wetland or Frog Song activity / Wetlands Trees of Pennsylvania Puzzle
Environmental Careers / Water & Watershed Studies / Water Wars / Environmental/Energy Issue Video Project
Nature / Milkweed & Monarch Butterfly
Mania / Bluebirds
Project / Best
Treat of All / Fields, Fencerows &
Hunts / Plants
and People / School Habitat Garden Project / Puzzles & Projects / Pennsylvania Projects / Site map / Home
posted by Cindy O'Hora, 1/2009
In honor of Marjorie Harris Carr life work in preserving habitats and ecology released to be freely used by not for profit agencies and schools
Save a tree - use a digital answer format - Highlight the text. Copy it. Paste it in a word processing document. Save the document in your folder. Answer on the wp document in an easily read, contrasting color or font. (No yellow, avoid fancy fonts like: Symbols, , ) Then record the answer immediately after it. Save regularly. Proof your responses. It is funny how speling errors and typeos sneak in to the bets work. Make your own printer paper answer sheet
Tech Tip: Working in a group or in two different places like the library & home? You do not have to be physically together to work together.
Watch Google Docs video TAI - How could you use free, Google Docs to do a project? How would this facilitate group projects?