Title: Design a Regional "Eco Park"
Grade Level: 3-5
Source: National Geographic

Curriculum Materials


Objectives:

  • Describe some of the plants and animals they have seen in their area, or imagine the plants and animals that might have lived there before the city was built;
  • Use the Web to find out what ecoregion they live in, and take notes about this ecoregion;
  • Research and answer questions about one or more natural areas near their homes; and
  • Design "eco parks" for their local area.


Materials:

  • Computer with Internet access
  • Large pieces of construction paper
  • Colored pencils or crayons


Description:
The activity does well in taking advantage of the internet, guiding the class to the WWF's "wildfinder, which allows you to zoom in on a particular eco-region and get a list of common species native to the area.

Extension activities involve field trips and further vegetation study. Another possible extension would be to look for species found on our list of biological indicators, and include them specifically in the lesson, accounting for the observed trend in their behavior or population. Eco parks could also be designed based on the projected regional climate a few years out, and contain animals and plants that could be expected to thrive there that might not otherwise be seen.

State Framework relevance:in progress