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LESSON PLANS

FLORA   |  FAUNA  |  ECOLOGICAL AWARENESS  |  SCIENTIFIC METHOD/PROCESS

FLORA
Motte Rimrock Reserve:  Flora: 
by HOST 2001 Teacher, Elizabeth Garcia
Students become familiar with flora at Motte Rimrock Reserve, observe physical differences of organisms in their natural environment, make a class plant collection using a plant press, learn how to identify plants by making their own dichotomous key, and become familiar with plant terminology through the use of a dichotomous key to identify plants that have been collected.

Field Trip to San Bruno: A Journey Back in Time to an Aboriginal Prairie
by HOST 2001 Teacher, Mardi Sicular-Mertens
Students contrast a weedy annual grassland of introduced species with an undisturbed, ancient plant community of native bunchgrasses and wildflowers.  Lesson plan can be modified to include any native prairie in California.

Native Plants Scavenger Hunt:
by HOST 2000 Teacher, Glenda Pepin
Students recognize various California Native species by their physical appearances and characteristics.
Dune Plant Adaptations
by HOST 2000 Teacher, Michael Collins
Students will locate the species of plants at Coal Oil Point Reserve and describe the different adaptations used by plants in their specific area of the dunes.
Plant Restoration Project:
by HOST 2001 Teacher, Tania Kim
Students will work in groups in the field to restore a natural habitat and learn to appreciate the natural resources in their own backyard.
Plant Restoration Project
by HOST 2000 Teacher, Deanna Smith-Turnage
A long-term plant restoration project
involving collecting seeds from the reserve for growth in the classroom, undertaking a scientific study in the classroom, transplanting seedling back at the reserve, and observing plant growth at the reserve. 


FAUNA
Roadkill Museum:
by HOST 2001 Teacher, Debolina Dutta
Students will learn about the anatomy and physiology of local mammals and birds.  They will learn taxidermy, a marketable skill, and a comfort in working with animals and dissection.

Harlequin Bug Observations:
by HOST 2001 Teacher, Tania Kim
students will develop their field observations skills and participate in the process of science from coming up with a question to writing up a report and peer editing.  This lesson is designed to be a very open ended lesson-with teacher guidance but not necessarily a lot of structure. This can be an individual project or a cooperative learning activity. 

Aqautic Insects:  Water Quality Index & Diversity Index:
by HOST 2001 Teacher, Debolina Dutta
Students will learn about the adaptations, niches, and the life cycles of the common stream insects. They will find the water quality index and diversity index of creeks or streams.  Working collaboratively with other students, they will explore creeks and streams and learn to see the vast diversity of organisms within a stream. 

Amphipod Ecology
by HOST 2000 Teacher, Michael Collins
Students will count amphipods from the sand under kelp wracks that have been on the beach for different periods of time in order to learn the ecology and food chain hierarchy at the surf zone.

Hermit Crab Housing:
by HOST 2000 Teacher, Michael Collins 

Students
will learn about ecology, carrying capacity and competition while collecting data on shell distribution for hermit crab housing. 


ECOLOGICAL AWARENESS
Roads and Plant Diversity
by HOST 2001 Teacher, Mardi Sicular-Mertens
Students will gain understanding of human impact on the environment, and of interactions between development and the natural community.  Students will develop skills in qualitative and quantitative observation, and learn to gather, analyze, and graph data.
Tidepool Island Biogeography
by HOST 2001 Teacher, Tania Kim
Students will get hands on experience testing island biogeography ideas by comparing diversity and abundance of rocky inter-tidal patches. Depending on the grade level and time in depth background lessons of inter-tidal species can be added before the students come out to the tidepools.
ACTION (Awareness & Connection Through Intimations Of Nature)
by 2000 HOST Teacher, Farr Niere
This is a series of lesson plans designed to increase the ecological awareness and connection of participants through nature’s intimations. 
20 Questions:  a lesson plan designed so students can make observations of their natural environment; and then, ask questions that are testable or can lead to a the concept of hypothesis development.
by Deanna Smith-Turnage
What's Up at the Rim?:  a Scavenger Hunt lesson plan designed so students can sharpen their observation skills, learn to identify certain plants and animals, and keep an observation journal.
by Deanna Smith-Turnage


SCIENTIFIC METHOD/PROCESS
Secrets in a Grain of Sand: 
by HOST 2001 Teacher, Greg McBride
What can we learn by examining the sand on a beach?  Students will learn to use a variety of skills and an interdisciplinary approach to discover as much as they can rather than just trying to find a "right" answer.  Students will apply previous knowledge about geology, identifying minerals, erosion and weathering, ocean currents and waves, geography and map reading, in their study of sand.  Students will realize that they can use their own experience, skills and knowledge to investigate a habitat and learn without getting facts someone else discovered from a text.
Jepson Prairie Preserve Research Project: 
by
HOST 2000 Teacher, Jim Johnson
Student teams will design, research, analyze and report on a field research project of their own choosing.
Carousel:   This carousel brainstorming exercise is designed to help students dispel certain basic misconceptions about science.
by
HOST 2000 Teacher, Deanna Smith-Turnage
Field Notes:  Students will observe and describe their surroundings in an outdoor environment using a standard field note format.
by
HOST 2000 Teacher, Jim Johnson
Designing a Scientific StudyStudents will define a question, then undertake a scientific study to answer the question.
by
HOST 2000 Teacher, Deanna Smith-Turnage

 

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