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Urban Ecologist

Urban Ecologist Activity Book
This book features five hands-on activities designed for 8-to
12-year-olds. Each activity includes one 30-to 45-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

Watch a video about ecologist Carmen Cid and sharpen your observations of the natural world.
Learning outcomes: Youth develop an understanding of the work of a scientist, learn to make systematic observations, and develop an understanding of the abilities needed to do scientific inquiry.

Learn how to test whether or not you have a healthy environment.
Learning outcomes: Youth plan and conduct an investigation, learn to estimate, measure and interpret data, and develop an understanding of diversity and ecosystems.

Seedy Travelers /ACTIVITY THREE
Predict and test the traveling strategies of seeds.
Learning outcomes: Youth learn to collect, analyze, interpret and display data and develop an
understanding that plants have different structures serving different functions in growth, survival, and reproduction.

Walk on Waterbugs /ACTIVITY FOUR
Make a waterbug and explore the effects of water pollution.
Learning outcomes: Youth learn to conduct simple experiments to answer questions and develop an understanding of form and function.

Build a watershed and learn about toxic runoff into lakes and streams.
Learning outcomes: Youth develop an understanding of evidence, models and explanation, and of the effects of environmental changes.

Pulling It All Together
Create a story about a scientist who studies wetlands.
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 science and technology in society and of resources and environments.



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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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