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Spring 2018 at The Outdoor Classroom: “Creatures & Habitats” for Kindergarten – 5th Grade

Bring a class or group of ten or more K-5 students to the Outdoor Classroom to learn more about creatures and their habitats! Contact Lori.whidbeywatersheds@gmail.com for more information.

This spring at the Outdoor Classroom students will investigate the interdependent relationship between the forest habitat and the creatures that live there. 

  • Under the forest canopy, students will explore how forests regenerate themselves with the help of the creatures who live there. Students will design and test seed dispersal models that mimic ways in which seeds travel enabling seeds to flourish and regenerate the forest habitat. NGSS Making Models: Successful Seeds Disperse: ETS1.B: Science and Engineering Practices: Engineering Design: Develop a simple sketch, drawing, or physical model to illustrate how the shape of an object helps it function as needed to solve a given problem. ETS1.C: Optimizing the Design Solution: Because there is always more than one possible solution to a problem it is useful to compare and test designs.
  • Along the banks of the Maxwelton Creek, students will take-on the role of an ecosystem creature. From the point of view of their creature, they will experience how changes to the habitat can impact all the creatures that live there. NGSS Creatures in the Stream: LS2.A: Ecosystem: Interactions, Energy, Dynamics: Interdependent relationships in Ecosystems: A healthy ecosystem is one in which multiple species of different types are each able to meet their needs in a relatively stable web of life. Newly introduced species can damage the balance of an ecosystem.
  • In the meadow, K-2 students will discover how the creatures that live in a particular habitat have defenses that help them thrive in that habitat. Students in grades 3-5 will discover that there is a limit to the number of animals a habitat can support without damage to the animal or the habitat. NGSS Wildlife Populations: Carrying Capacity: LS2.C: Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity: Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience: When the environment changes in ways that affect a place’s physical characteristics, temperature, or availability of resources, some organisms survive and reproduce, others move to new locations, yet others move to new locations, yet others move into the transformed environment, and some die. LS4.D Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity: Biodiversity and Humans: Populations live in a variety of habitats, and change in those habitats affects the organisms living there.
  • After exploring the forest, students will create a native plant art piece that showcases the diversity of plants found in a healthy forest habitat. NGSS Structures and Functions of Native Plants: LS2.A: Ecosystem: Interactions, Energy, Dynamics: Interdependent relationships in Ecosystems: Plants depend on water and light to grow. Plants depend on animals for pollination or to move their seeds around. LS1.C: Organization for Matter and Energy Flow in Organisms: All animals need food in order to live and grow. They obtain their food from plants or from other animals. Plants need water and light to live and grow.