This Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge fieldtrip includes a bird watching hike where binoculars are provided. Students will learn proper binocular use, wildlife watching etiquette, and identification skills for about 12 common species. Through several activity stations student learn the techniques and trials of migration. Student are introduced to target species of the refuge including Eagles, Trumpeter Swan, and Golden-Wing Warbler. Current data and research projects are shared about each of these species. An educational video of birds and birdwatching is available. Designed for 5th grade, could be modified for 6th or 7th grade.
ENVIRONMENTAL LITERACY SCOPE AND SEQUENCE
SYSTEM CONCEPT(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
SYSTEM BENCHMARK(S) TO BE ADDRESSED FOR GRADES 3 - 5
B- 2 Social and natural systems may not function as well if parts are missing, damaged, mismatched, or misconnected. .
FOR GRADES 6-8
C - 3 Social and natural systems are connecte to each other and to other larger or smaller systems.
MINNESOTA ACADEMIC STANDARDS
MINNESOTA SCIENCE STANDARD(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
5.IV.E. Biological Populations Change Over Time, The student will know that biological populations change over time.
1. The student will recognize that individuals of the same species differ in their characteristics and that sometimes the differences give individuals an advantage in surviving and reproducing.
2. The student will recognize that extinction of a species occurs when the environment changes and the adaptive characteristics of a species are insufficient to allow its survival.
5.IV.F. Flow of Matter and Energy, The student will know that matter and energy flow into, out of, and within a biological system.
1. The student will recognize that organisms need energy to stay alive and grow, and that this energy originates from the sun.
6.I.A. Scientific World View The student will understand that science is a way of knowing about the world that is characterized by empirical criteria, logical argument and skeptical review.
1. The student will distinguish between scientific evidence and personal opinion.
2. The student will explain why scientists often repeat investigations to be sure of the results.
3. The student will recognize that scientists assume that the laws of nature are the same everywhere and that they are understandable and predictable.
6.I.B. Scientific Inquiry, The student will understand that scientific inquiry is used in systematic ways to investigate the natural world. 1. The student will identify questions that can be answered through scientific investigation and those that cannot.
2. The student will distinguish among observation, prediction and inference.
3. The student will use appropriate tools and Système International (SI) units for measuring length, time, mass, volume and temperature with suitable precision and accuracy.
7.I.C. Scientific Enterprise, The student will know that science and technology are human efforts that both influence, and are influenced by, society.
1. The student will give examples of the development of technology influencing scientific knowledge, and investigation and scientific knowledge influencing the development of technology.
MINNESOTA HISTORY AND SOCIAL STUDIES STANDARD(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
Grade 4-8 II. Minnesota History. G. Post-World War II to the Present, The student will know and understand Minnesota's role in the major social, economic and political changes, both national and international, in the last half of the 20th century through the present, and analyze the impact of those changes.
2. Students will identify and describe significant demographic changes in Minnesota and issues related to those changes and analyze the significance of their impact.
4. Students will identify and describe significant land use changes in Minnesota, issues related to land use, and analyze the impact of those changes and issues.
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