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- Taking Kids Outside
 

Lesson Plans/Reflections by 2010 Environmental Education & Urban Schools Participants

FIELD TRIP PLANS

Grade 6-8
Field Trip Lesson Overview
This field trip places the challenging question of industry versus the environment back into the hands of the students Our Focus Question was: “Can Industry and the Environmentalism Coexist?” Students have previously been engaged in lessons that deal with environmentalism and the development of modern industry. Examples of various aspects of boil relationships have been briefly discussed mutualism, habitat loss, poisoned waters, communalism, etc. A brief introduction to industrialism and its continued effects on the earth will also have been covered. Finally, training sessions in the proper and safe use of water quality testing material will be implemented. Data will be collected and recorded and compared with data collected at the second Rouge site, providing each student the opportLessony to place classroom content in a real world application. One post trip session will tie each aspect together and students will upload their data to the Rouge Education Project and The Henry Ford.

Grade 6
Field Trip Lesson Overview
Prior to attending the field trip to the Detroit Zoo, the students will engaged in lessons that will encompass interactions of organisms in an ecosystem, and the levels of organization within that ecosystem. Students will have an understanding that all life in interconnected through the examination of food chains and the relationships between animals. Animal adaptations and behaviors of predators and prey, animal habitat conservation will also be explored.

Grade 6
Field Trip Lesson Overview
Students will see the ecological concepts studied in our classroom come alive in a beautiful outdoor setting, where they naturally occur. The concepts include: communities, populations, adaptations, energy roles, predator-prey relationships and how we impact the Earth and its ecosystems.

Kindergarten
Field Trip Lesson Overview
Students will tour a working fish farm and learn how a modern production system called “Raceways” operates. This system is the process for farming trout. Students will be able to hand feed and catch a fish for human consumption.

Grade 8
Field Trip Lesson Overview
Students will explore the question, “Why are Earth’s Fresh Waters Important?” Students will take water samples at the river and look at what aquatic life they found. Students will evaluate their findings and determine the health of the river system at that location.

Grade 7
Field Trip Lesson Overview
Students will participate in a field trip to the Belle Isle Nature Center. They will practice their observational skills by taking a nature walk around the Center and recording what they see. Students will use GPS units to find caches near the Center. They will complete a frog survey and complete a stream investigation for macroinvertebrates. Students will participate in a pre trip activity to make observations and gather information. They will also complete a post trip assignment to demonstrate their learned knowledge of the concepts presented.

 

LESSON PLANS

  • 7. A Rainbow Garden by Rita Bula

Pre-K
Lesson Overview
Students will review what living things need to survive and each will plant a seed in a cup.  After planting, the class will go over the parts of the plant.  Then, the class will move outside and locate an area for an “Urban Rainbow Garden”.  Back inside, the students will create a diagram of what they want the garden to look like.  When the plants are ready, students will plant the garden.

Grade 3
Lesson Overview
These lessons are centered on careful observation of bird behavior. They can be used at any time of the school year. Ideally, these lessons can be repeated in different kinds of weather and different seasons.

Kindergarten
Lesson Overview
Students will understand and recognize proper plant care and the essential needs for plant growth, and understand the similarities and differences between plant and animal needs.

REFLECTIONS on Environmental Education with K-12 Students in Urban Areas