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Fall 2019 at The Outdoor Classroom:  The Food Web

Bring a class or group of ten or more 1st-5th grade students to the Outdoor Classroom this Fall to learn more about the Food Web! Contact Amy.whidbeywatersheds@gmail.com for more information.

The Fall season runs from September 24th – November 1st, 2019 on weekday mornings excluding Mondays. A day at the Classroom typically begins around 10am for your students. There are two environmental education activities in the morning, followed by a 20 minute lunch break, and two more activities in the afternoon. We wrap up so that your students can catch the bus by 1:15 pm.

The majority of our environmental education activities take place outdoors, on the trails of our nature preserve property. Typically one of our four daily activities takes place inside the classroom itself.  

Classes are filled first come first serve. For schools or groups outside of South Whidbey School District, there is a $5 fee per student to help cover our program costs. Please email Amy for availability and to sign your classroom up for a day of lessons!

Reminders for classroom teachers: 

Chaperones: All grades need two chaperones so that each small group has one chaperone in attendance. We welcome all adults who would like to attend.

Contact Information: Outdoor Classroom Coordinator, Amy McInerney. Amy.WhidbeyWatersheds@gmail.com. Outdoor Classroom Office:  360-579-1272.  Mailing Address:  P.O. Box 617, Langley, WA 98260. Physical Address: 7015 Maxwelton Rd, Clinton, 98236

Groups: We have four stations through which students rotate. Visiting groups need to be divided into four groups total (if you have two classes coming from your school, each needs to be split in half for four groups total).

What to Bring: It is always cooler here, so encourage kids to dress in layers. On rainy days, please send students with rain coats and boots if possible. Please have students wear strung/hanging name tags (no stickers, please!) that are legible for our Volunteer Instructors to read all day.

Lunch: Students should bring packed lunches that do not require a microwave or stove. We do not have garbage service so we ask that students take their garbage back to school or home with them.

Read below for this season’s Curriculum Descriptions, along with applicable NGSS education standards:

Fall 2019: “The Food Web”

  • Food Web Collage Models (Art 3rd-5th): Students will create models that demonstrate how energy passes from one organism to another in a food web. LS2.A: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems: The food of almost any kind of animal can be traced back to plants. Organisms are related in food webs in which some animals eat plants for food and other animals eat the animals that eat plants. LS2.C: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes: Organization for Mater 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.)
  • Forest Ecosystem Models (Art 1st-2nd):  Students will discover how plants and animals depend on trees to meet their habitat needs. LS2.A: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems: The food of almost any kind of animal can be traced back to plants. Organisms are related in food webs in which some animals eat plants for food and other animals eat the animals that eat plants. LS2.C: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes: Organization for Mater 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.)
  • Powerful Producers: Students will understand the structure of trees and how this helps trees function as a system. Students will be introduced to trees as producers that make their own food through the process of photosynthesis. Students will simulate how trees grow if their essential needs are met, and how a forest of trees is cooperative and can behave as a single organism with the aid of micorrihzal fungi. LS2.B: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics: Cycles of Mater and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems: Matter cycles between the air and soil and among plants, animals and microbes as these organisms live and die. Organisms obtain gases, and water, from the environment, and release waste mater back into the environment. LS1.C: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes: Organization for Matter and Energy Flow in Organisms: Plants, algae, and many microorganisms use the energy from light to make sugars from carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and water through the process of photosynthesis, which also releases oxygen. These sugars can be used immediately or stored for growth or later use.
  • Decomposers and Soil-Building: Students will explore the role of decomposers in the ecosystem. Students will observe organic material in different stages of decomposition. Students will examine evidence of decomposition in nature, and gain and understanding that all of the components of an ecosystem are important. LS2.A: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems: The food of almost any kind of animal can be traced back to plants. Organisms are related in food webs in which some animals eat plants for food and other animals eat the animals that eat plants.  
  • Food Web Game: Students will understand that a food web is a model of how energy is passed from one organism to another. Students will identify examples of plants and animals in their local environment that fulfill the roles of producer, consumer and decomposer. Students will understand that within an ecosystem there is an interrelationship between producers, consumers, and decomposers. 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. LS2.A: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems: Organisms are related in food webs in which some animals eat plants for food and other animals eat animals that eat plants. Organisms can survive only in environments in which their particular needs are met.