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Teacher resources: Ecosystems

Ecosystems In Your Backyard, In Your World
(Classroom Activities from Science & Children, Nov/Dec 1994, pp 38 - 39)
Sixteen ideas for teaching ecosystem science topics in the classroom, including developing a field guide to local trees, conducting experiments on succession and acid rain, and investigating schoolyard micro-habitats.
http://www.blm.gov/education/00_resources/articles/understanding_ecosystem_management/posterback.html

Understanding Ecosystem Management
(
Based on Science & Children article, November/December 1994)
Article includes concepts such as biodiversity, balance, scale, and connections and discusses how managers apply ecosystem principles in managing natural resources on public lands; includes poster and classroom activities.
http://www.blm.gov/education/00_resources/articles/understanding_ecosystem_management/index.html
 
All Shapes and Sizes
(Classroom Activity from Science & Children, March 1998, p. 39)
Students describe and analyze landscapes at various scales to draw different conclusions in this activity.

http://www.blm.gov/education/00_resources/articles/Columbia_river_basin/classroom.html
 
Watersheds All Around, Scavenger Hunt
(Classroom Activity from Science & Children, March 1998, p. 39)
In these two activities students explore what a watershed is and how it works by simulating a watershed in the classroom and then making observations outside.
http://www.blm.gov/education/00_resources/articles/Columbia_river_basin/classroom.html
 
A Great Basin Full of Activities
(
Science & Children, May 1995, 31 - 32)
A dozen activities on Great Basin ecology and management, covering effects of salt on plants, water conservation and evaporation rates.
http://www.blm.gov/education/00_resources/articles/the_big_empty/classroom.html
 
Environmental Technology is an Ancient Science
(
Based on Science & Children article, May 1993 pp. 21 - 28)
Explains ancient methods of adapting to dry climates employed by a thriving agricultural community along the Rio Ojo Caliente in New Mexico 500 years ago. Includes poster and classroom activities.
http://www.blm.gov/education/00_resources/articles/hupobi/index.html
 
The Big Empty: The Great Basin Ecosystem
(
Science & Children, May 1995, 25 - 32)
Explores diverse ecology of Great Basin, and ecosystem management approach for desert environment. Includes activities and poster.
http://www.blm.gov/education/00_resources/articles/the_big_empty/index.html
 
Join the Club
(Science & Children, March 1997, p. 35)
Students join one of four "clubs" representing different adaptation methods used by desert plants and research plant members of the club.
http://www.blm.gov/education/00_resources/articles/some_like_it_hot/classroom.html
 
Keeping Cool
(Classroom Activity from Science & Children, Feb 2001 poster back)
In this activity, students test the effectiveness of various ways animals keep cool in desert environments.

http://www.blm.gov/education/00_resources/articles/mojave/mojaveposterback2.html - Anchor-3936
 
Life in the Desert
(
Classroom Activity from Science & Children, March 1999, p. 39)
In this activity, students practice water conservation techniques similar to those a desert animal might employ to cope with scarce and unpredictable water sources.
http://www.blm.gov/education/colplateau/classroom/ - Life%20in%20the%20Desert
 
Mapping Deserts
(
Classroom Activity from Science & Children, Feb. 2001, p. 33)
In this activity, students research, map and report on the world's deserts, including subtropical, coastal, interior, and rain shadow deserts. Correlated to National Geography Standard.
http://www.blm.gov/education/00_resources/articles/mystery_of_the_mesa/classroom.html
 
Planning a Conservation Community
(
Science & Children, March 1997, 35)
Students create a desert community that protects important desert resources; a set of questions guides their design.

http://www.blm.gov/education/00_resources/articles/some_like_it_hot/classroom.html
 
The Mojave Desert: A Place in the Sun
(Based on Science & Children article, February 2001)
Examines the rich, complex and fragile ecosystem of the Mojave Desert. Focuses on the plants and animals and the diversity of life and habitats contained.
http://www.blm.gov/education/00_resources/articles/mojave/index.html
 
The Question in Brookdale
(
Science & Children, March 1997, posterback)
By role-playing, students learn the complexities of accommodating competing demands of desert land use while protecting resources.
...and on the same webpage:
Waxy Leaves
(Science & Children, March 1997, posterback)
Activity illustrates how waxy leaves prevent water from escaping and help desert plants retain moisture.

http://www.blm.gov/education/00_resources/articles/some_like_it_hot/posterback.html
 
Planning a Conservation Community
(
Science & Children, March 1997, 35)
Students create a desert community that protects important desert resources; a set of questions guides their design.

http://www.blm.gov/education/00_resources/articles/some_like_it_hot/classroom.html