People's choices impact ecosystems. Development is an obvious example of an impact. But there are many others.
Here are a few actions of people that impact the inhabitants of fields, meadows and fencerows: fertilizers, pesticides, oiling of roads, driveways & parking lots, precipitation acidification, cigarette butts, wind energy development, federal energy grid development, genetically engineered crops, weed and insect control programs, loss of host plants, golf courses, tickborne disease, invasive species, dioxins, careless disposal of consumer trash, habitat fragmentation, white tailed deer management, dumping of toxins, feeding wild animals - A Vicious Cycle, flyash dams, lead shot for hunting, recreational use of wild lands, releasing alien species into the wild. General Ecology website
Select one of these actions or issues. (If there is another one that is of particular local interest, do it)
Make a VE video about the issue. (VE Rating - Very educational making a strong use of data and critical thinking skills.)
Project based Learning: Outside - In Showcase or Website Project - make one | Digital Science Journal
Fields, Meadows, and Fence rows: Habitat / Mammals / Birds / Butterflies & Moths / Trees & Plants / Conclusion
Screech Owl Activity | Bats are our Buddies Activity | Food Web Activity | Food web relationships - Predator or prey?
Milkweed and Monarch Butterfly Science Journal Entry | Digital Science Journal | Bluebirds Project | Wildflowers info
Environmental Education Curriculum in Pennsylvania | Environmental Careers | Using trees as cleaning tools
Posted 9/2008 by Cindy O'Hora, Updated 2/2009 / 11/2013
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 word processing document in an easily read, contrasting color or font. (No yellow, avoid fancy fonts like: Symbols, , ). Save frequently. Enter your name and date in a header. Submit your written response via email attachment or class drop box.
Aligned with Pennsylvania Academic Standards: Reading, Writing, Science & Technology, Ecology & Environment, Mathematics, Geography, Career. Aligned with National Academic Standards: Technology, Science, Geography. Common Core of Standards