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Education Activities for Fifth Grade

Theme: Designing and participating in stewardship activities

Activity Description Materials (PDF)
Restoration Bag Students develop a ‘habitat restoration ethic” and learn about the tools and practice of a scientific restoration study by looking at and discussing various relevant objects. This activity is to be implemented prior to visiting restoration site. Q&E Activity
How-To-Do
Four Direction Walk The students go to a habitat site and get the “lay of the land’ by locating the four cardinal points- N, S, E, W. Students place the cardinal points on site maps and discuss why this information is important when studying an ecosystem. Q&E Activity
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Four Direction Plots Students form teams to select and layout observation study plots in the habitat area which will be used for ongoing observation and monitoring stewardship activities. Students create a plot map and mark the four directions on their map. Students begin to journal about their plots. Q&E Activity
How-To-Do
Worksheet
Maps
Restore a Habitat I- Ecosystems Students learn about the Westside Lowland Forest ecosystem, the concepts of plant communities and plant layers, while viewing images. Students assess their plot and determine its plant community as they consider the goals of habitat restoration. Q&E Activity
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Script
Restore a Habitat II- Forest Succession Students study a forest restoration area in the habitat site and visualize its growth in 5, 25 and 100 years. Students draw succession drawings reflecting their predictions. This activity helps students understand restoration potential over time and the role of succession in habitat restoration planning. Q&E Activity
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Drawings
List
Plant Assessment Students assess the existing vegetation found on their plots and evaluate their plots for native and non-native plant cover. Students build plant identification skills and collect information useful for future monitoring activities. Q&E Activity
How-To-Do
Drawings
Plot Chart
Map
Evaluation
Worksheet
Soil Assessment I- Composition Students conduct tests to assess soil composition from their study plots and from different plant community types in the habitat area. They compare data and draw conclusions about their results. To reinforce the learning experience and to share equipment and data, consider working with other classes who are studying the ‘Soils’ science kit. Q&E Activity
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Instructions
Soil Assessment II- Hydrology Students use soil samples collected in the Soils Assessment I activity to study how soil composition affects water flow, and consider how differences in soil composition have an effect in the habitat area. Activities integrate directly with the ‘Land & Water’ science kit, using the plots and habitat area as ‘real world’ examples. Q&E Activity
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Instructions
Monitoring Inspiration Students consider how to determine if a habitat area is healthy, or if a restoration project is successful, and how this information might be gathered and shared with others. Students review suggested monitoring activities and develop a plan to set up monitoring activities for their plots. Students decide how they will share this information with others in the form of a report or presentation. Q&E Activity
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Monitoring Stations Students implement their monitoring plan as developed in Monitoring Inspiration by setting up several different types of monitoring stations in the habitat area and beginning monitoring activities. Students return to stations over a period of time and record information which can be used in reports about the habitat area. Q&E Activity
Record
ID Sheet



The native plant education materials provided on this page were developed by Starflower Foundation.




Updated: March 5, 2015
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