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Rainforest Ecologist

Rainforest Ecologist Activity Book
This book features five hands-on activities designed for 8-to 12-year-olds. Each activity includes one 30-to 60-minute project and extensions. Activities can be used in any order. Also included are objectives and learning outcomes, assessment questions, ideas for a presentation or exhibit and topics for further investigation.

Table of Contents

Nutty Investigations /ACTIVITY ONE
Watch a video about ecologist Janalee Caldwell, then strength-test and fat-test different nuts.
Learning outcomes: Youth develop an understanding of the work of a scientist, learn to use simple equipment to gather data, and are able to collect, organize, represent and interpret data.

Frogs Up Close And Personal /ACTIVITY TWO
Design a background to make your poison frog disappear...or stand out.
Learning outcomes: Youth develop an understanding of the characteristics of living things and of diversity and adaptation in organisms.

Design and build a tree that will stand alone.
Learning outcomes: Youth develop an understanding of technological design and of the form and function of living things.

Rainforest in Your Room /ACTIVITY FOUR
Add plants and creatures to your trees to create a diverse rain forest community.
Learning outcomes: Youth develop an understanding of living things and environments.

Life in a Nutshell /ACTIVITY FIVE
Develop from egg to larva to adult in a Brazil nut capsule game.
Learning outcomes: Youth learn that different animals progress through the life cycle at different rates and develop an understanding of populations and ecosystems.

Pulling It All Together
Create a story about a scientist who studies the rain forest.
Learning Outcomes: Youth draw on what they have learned in the activities to construct their own understanding of what it means to be a scientist.

New Wonders
Here are some ideas you might like to use for projects or exhibits.
Learning Outcomes: Youth develop an understanding of diversity and adaptation in organisms, and of science as a human endeavor.


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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 9909496.
Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and
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