BRING THE ADIRONDACKS INTO YOUR CLASSROOM
|Biological Inventory - Animal ID
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|Grade: 9th Grade
Class: Living Environment
Indian Lake Central School
|NYS Content Area Standard:
Math, Science & Technology:
Standard 1: Analysis, Inquiry and Design
Standard 2: Information Systems
|NYS Interdisciplinary Standard:
||Adirondack Curriculum Content Area:
See Biological Inventory: Nature Trail challenge
|Keywords: biodiversity, biological inventory, field identification|
|Investigative Question or Issue: What small mammals, amphibians and soil invertebrates live on the ILCS nature trail?|
I used this project to teach students the basics of ecology and this worked to satisfy all of MST standards #1 and 2#. It did a better job than the “Making Connections” lab of helping students become competent in the scientific method. I have conducted this project twice and will be doing it again, this time in the Fall of 2009. We plan to try presenting at the Northeast Natural History conference in Albany, April 2010. I have more materials that I have developed than what is included with this project on the Adirondack Curriculum Project website, so please contact me for more information!
Product of the 2008 ACP Biodiversity Workshop, funded by a grant from the New York Biodiversity Research Institute.
Researchers in the Adirondack region are interested in initiating an All-Taxa Biological Inventory of the region (see attachment #1). Indian Lake Central School Living Environment students have been invited to test a system to inventory small mammals, soil inverts and amphibians that can be used by other high school students or adult volunteers. But in order to conduct an inventory we need to have some idea of what kind of habitat the nature trail provides and then research the possibilities.
Research organisms--You will produce a paper outlining the natural history of an organism with emphasis on field id and habitat preferences. Will we have a chance of finding this critter on the nature trail? Produce a field identification card.
Your report will be graded for English standards provided by the English teacher which will include a bibliography with at least three references.
For science content in your paper:
Prepare a short paper on one organism, including identification characteristics, habitat, habit, role in ecosystem.
Field ID Card
Your challenge is to produce a field Id card to help you and others to identify your mammal or amphibian out in the field. You will want to include:
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See rubric (attachment #2).
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