Wetlands are vibrant ecosystems, among the most rich and diverse of all natural habitats. We’ll visit a nearby pond. There we’ll see evidence of beavers at work; we’ll catch water bugs and discover some of the amazing adaptations of aquatic invertebrates. If time permits, we’ll use a digital microscope to showcase how bugs breathe, swim and catch their prey. We’ll also listen and look for, the many wetland birds that inhabit this beautiful wetland.
Season Availability: Fall, Spring
Grade 4 : Science Curriculum Links *
Understanding Life Systems: Habitats and Communities
2. investigate the interdependence of plants and animals within specific habitats and communities;
3. demonstrate an understanding of habitats and communities and the relationships among the plants and animals that live in them.
2.1 follow established safety procedures for working with soils and natural materials
2.2 build food chains consisting of different plants and animals, including humans
2.3 use scientific inquiry/research skills (see page 15) to investigate ways in which plants and animals in a community depend on features of their habitat to meet important needs
2.5 use appropriate science and technology vocabulary, including habitat, population, community, adaptation, and food chain, in oral and written communication
3.1 demonstrate an understanding of habitats as areas that provide plants and animals with the necessities of life
3.4 demonstrate an understanding of a community as a group of interacting species sharing a common habitat
3.5 classify organisms, including humans, according to their role in a food chain
3.6 identify animals that are carnivores, herbivores, or omnivores
3.7 describe structural adaptations that allow plants and animals to survive in specific habitats
Grade 6 : Science Curriculum Links *
Understanding Life Systems: Biodiversity
2. investigate the characteristics of living things, and classify diverse organisms according to specific characteristics;
3. demonstrate an understanding of biodiversity, its contributions to the stability of natural systems, and its benefits to humans.
2.1 follow established safety procedures for outdoor activities and field work
2.2 investigate the organisms found in a specific habitat and classify them according to a classification system 2.3 use scientific inquiry/research skills (see page 15) to compare the characteristics of organisms within the plant or animal kingdoms
2.4 use appropriate science and technology vocabulary, including classification, biodiversity, natural community, interrelationships, vertebrate, invertebrate, stability, characteristics, and organism, in oral and written communication
3.1 identify and describe the distinguishing characteristics of different groups of plants and animals and use these characteristics to further classify various kinds of plants and animals