Exploring Your Environment

SEEK Updated
10/12/2015
Resource Types: 
Booklet
Curriculum
Guide
Abstract: 

Students will learn about:
The activities in these books help youth discover six important concepts or ideas, related to ecology while they explore their environment. Young people are naturally curious. Nurturing this natural sense of wonder is key to science learning. The projects/activities focus on the development of scientific thinking and process skills that are essential to scientific inquiry.

The eight scientific thinking and process skills youth will build on are: Observing, Communicating, Comparing and Measuring, Ordering, Categorizing, Relating, Inferring, Applying.

1. Eco-Wonders (grades 5-7)
2. Eco- Adventures (grades 8-10)
3. Eco-Actions (grades 11-12)
4. Group Activities Guide (instructor)

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ENVIRONMENTAL LITERACY SCOPE AND SEQUENCE
SYSTEM CONCEPT(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
Concepts:
cause and effect
ecosystem
habitat

SYSTEM BENCHMARK(S) TO BE ADDRESSED FOR GRADES 3-5, 6-8, 9-12:
Grades 3-5
B-1 In social and natural systems that consist of many parts, the parts usually influence one another.

Grades 6 - 8
C-3 Social and natural systems are connected to each other and to other larger or smaller systems.

Grades 9 - 12 (adult)
D-2 Interaction between social and natural systems is defined by their boundaries, relation to other systems, and expected inputs and outputs.
D-3 Feedback of output from some parts of a managed social or natural system can be used to bring it closer to desired results.

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MINNESOTA ACADEMIC STANDARDS
MINNESOTA SCIENCE STANDARD(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
9-12.I.A.3- The student will recognize that in order to be valid, scientific knowledge must meet certain criteria including that it: be consistent with experimental, observational and inferential evidence about nature; follow rules of logic and reporting both methods and procedures; and, be falsifiable and open to criticism.

9-12.I.B.6- The student will give examples of how different domains of science use different bodies of scientific knowledge and employ different methods to investigate questions.

9-12.I.B.6- The student will give examples of how different domains of science use different bodies of scientific knowledge and employ different methods to investigate questions.

NATIONAL SCIENCE STANDARDS: Understands scientific inquiry, Organisms both cooperate and compete in ecosystems, Human beings live within the world's ecosystems and modify ecosystems by destruction of habitats through pollution, etc.

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posted by Natural Innovations

Author: 
4-H Program
Topic Areas: 
Environmental Health
Environmental Sciences
Environmental Studies
Target Audience: 
Citizen and Youth Groups
Grades Pre K-12
Teachers
Geographic Location: 
All Minnesota
Northwest
Outside Minnesota
Fee: 
Yes
Cost: 
$5.00 per activity guide
Library loan: 
No
Is training required?: 
No
Seasonal: 
No
Material format or language other than English: 
hands on learning ex
Contact(s) or order information.: 

Becker County 4-H (or your county extension office)
Sharon Smith, 4-H Program Coordinator
712 Minnesota Ave, PO Box 1617, Detroit Lakes, MN 56502
Phone: 218-846-7328
Email: smit1214@umn.edu
Web: www.fourh.umn.edu/