Students learn conservationism and environmentalism through practical, hands-on activities in this consumable workbook. Ecology is the study of the relationships between living things and the environments in which they live. Today's kids are aware of recycling and thinking "green", but they may not know the science behind these themes. Starting with Teddy Roosevelt and our National Parks, to today's agencies and policies regarding car emissions, this is an opportunity to cross disciplines in your homeschooling day. In fact, this book has many ideas you can use in a unit study on the environment. Each activity tells you what subjects and skills will be referenced. As an example, the first lesson is to create an ecology dictionary. Kids will use their language arts, science and research skills for this project. The activity begins with a "rationale" that introduces students to terms they will see in this book and give them some prior knowledge to draw upon as they go forward. Then the objective is clearly stated: "Students will identify and define terms common to the field." The activity preparation involves reviewing how to use a dictionary and choosing the best definition for your purpose. Next are the activity procedures, which consist of step-by-step directions. Helpful materials lists let you know what supplies you need. Vocabulary is also taught, with words and space to write definitions. Several of these ideas involve getting dirty and being in the field, like when you study animal populations. Others can be simulated inside, like building a mini-woodland habitat or watching something decompose.
Ecology is part of the science component if you are following the Common Core Standards. Use this as a supplement to an existing science curriculum to meet those standards. It is balanced and inoffensive. 38 activities. 150 pgs, pb ~ Sara