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ducation Activities for Fourth Grade

Theme: Examining wildlife habitat and the ‘Web of Life’

Activity Description Materials (PDF)
Animal Survival Skills Students learn skills for observing wildlife in the habitat project by imitating wildlife survival techniques, while also practicing good outdoor etiquette. These skills help students to move quietly, and to see and hear more clearly. They are also helpful for managing student behavior while visiting habitat areas. Q&E Activity
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Habitat Hunt Students work in teams to find the important wildlife habitat components required by different wildlife species that are known to use the types of habitat area being visited. Students evaluate this information to assess the habitat potential for a particular species. They then consider ways that new habitat components might be introduced as part of a restoration project to improve the habitat for specific animals. Q&E Activity
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Wildlife Sign Walk Students learn how to look for evidence of wildlife in a natural habitat area by studying images of different types of wildlife sign. They walk through the natural habitat, making field observations and looking for wildlife sign, then record wildlife sign through drawing and journaling. Q&E Activity
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Cycle of Renewal Drawings Students learn that the habitat area is a complex system through drawing, imaginative role playing and exploration. They gain an appreciation for tiny organisms and soil, as well as for larger plants and animals. Students develop appreciation for the habitat components which will be important as they conduct other activities in the habitat area. Q&E Activity
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Poster
Cycle
Diagram
Life in the Forest Floor Students explore woody debris to find evidence of wildlife and plants that live in the decomposing material on the forest floor. Students use magnifiers to see this evidence then examine and explain the importance of woody debris in the cycle of renewal of the habitat area. This activity is designed to follow Cycle of Renewal Drawings. Q&E Activity
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Habitat Features- Each One Teach One Students participate in a hike during which they become ‘the teachers’. At teaching stations, student teams teach their fellow students interesting facts about one habitat feature in the forest and are active learners themselves. The technique for instruction models “leap frog learning” where students learn by teaching. Q&E Activity
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Ecosystem Explorers Students go into a habitat area to learn about, identify and explore ecosystem components. Students go on a scavenger hunt to find and identify evidence of components, and then draw this evidence. These drawings are used in the Web of Life activity, which follows, to create a ‘web of life’ for the habitat. Q&E Activity
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Web of Life Students use drawings created in the Ecosystem Explorers activity to create a model of their ecosystem and to show how the components of an ecosystem depend upon each other. By looking at this interdependence, students increase their awareness of the importance of individual species or elements of the habitat area in maintaining a healthy ecosystem. Q&E Activity
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Ethnobotany Story Students learn about native plants and their uses for food and shelter by Native Americans. Students use this knowledge to ‘survive’ while enacting an ethnobotany story. Q&E Activity
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Story
Ethnobotany Snack Plate Students participate in making a snack food plate from native plants, while learning about the plants which are the source
of these foods. This activity helps students understand that humans also depend on natural habitat for survival.
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The native plant education materials provided on this page were developed by Starflower Foundation.

 




Updated: March 5, 2015
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