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  • MCCRS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.7
Changes in the Environment
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This activity places the control of the environment under the student's control. A field starts off with a uniform light level, and thus capable of growing plants with medium-sized leaves. Students can alter the environment by "growing" a chain of mountains through the field. Students are challenged to grow the mountains to their maximum height (corresponding to the maximum change in light level on either side of the chain) while maintaining a viable population of plants on each side.

Subject:
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Genetics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
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Lesson Plan
Provider:
Concord Consortium
Provider Set:
Concord Consortium Collection
Author:
The Concord Consortium
The National Science Foundation
Date Added:
12/13/2011
Garden Science: Garden Orientation - The Card Hike
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In this 6th grade science lesson, students are introduced to the garden as a classroom. They meet the garden staff, tour the garden, learn the basic systems and routines of the garden classroom and are introduced to the Edible Schoolyard life skills and values.

Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Kyle Cornforth
Date Added:
03/16/2020
Historical Treasure Chest
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This project provides a model for engaging students in an investigation of authentic materials from the past. The students will be provided with four primary sources and questions to guide their investigation. A wealth of other primary resources can be accessed on the websites listed in the reference section.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Stevens Institute of Technology
Date Added:
02/16/2011
Mystery Plants Mystery
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This transfer activity tests student understanding of variation and inheritance. It starts with five flower boxes, as in 'The Virtual Greenhouse,' and three types of seeds with variations in their roots. The flower boxes differ in the amount of water they receive, and students discover which seeds thrive in which environment. Students are then challenged to produce a crop of plants that can grow everywhere in a field by taking advantage of the small variation in root type from one generation to the next.

Subject:
Life Science
Botany
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Lecture Notes
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Concord Consortium
Provider Set:
Concord Consortium Collection
Author:
The Concord Consortium
The National Science Foundation
Date Added:
12/11/2011
Natural Selection
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The concept of interdependence in an ecosystem and its effect on the evolution of populations is further explored through a model of a dam. Students build a dam in the middle of the field, dividing the ecosystem in half to illustrate the affects of geographic isolation. They watch as the grass and then the rabbit populations in that region shift to one variant in the population. When students remove the dam, they observe the ecosystem slowly return to its original state.

Subject:
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Lecture Notes
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Concord Consortium
Provider Set:
Concord Consortium Collection
Author:
The Concord Consortium
The National Science Foundation
Date Added:
12/11/2011
Predators and Prey
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This activity uses a model of the Virtual Ecosystem with three species in it: grass, rabbits, and hawks, enabling the students to explore the effect of predation on the prey population. At first students explore protective coloration as they 'become' a hawk and try to catch and eat brown and white rabbits on a snowy field. The latter blend into the background and are harder to see, so they have a selective advantage. Students then explore how the color of the rabbit population changes as the environment changes over time.

Subject:
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Lecture Notes
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Concord Consortium
Provider Set:
Concord Consortium Collection
Author:
The Concord Consortium
The National Science Foundation
Date Added:
12/11/2011
Variations and Adaptations
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Students discover that variation in plants allows some varieties to survive in near-drought conditions. Next, students learn that different types of rabbits prefer to eat different varieties of plants. Students make the connection between rainfall amount and the rabbit population’s ability to survive by thinking first about rainfall and plants, then about plants and rabbits. Students discover that when certain plants cannot grow and reproduce, the rabbits that eat those plants will not have enough food to survive.

Subject:
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Data Set
Interactive
Lecture Notes
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Concord Consortium
Provider Set:
Concord Consortium Collection
Author:
The Concord Consortium
The National Science Foundation
Date Added:
12/11/2011
The Virtual Ecosystem
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This activity introduces students to the idea that all living organisms must compete for food. Students control a rabbit in a field with edible plants, at first alone, and later joined by computer-controlled rabbits. With such competition it becomes harder and harder for the students to keep their rabbit alive. Students shift their thinking from a focus on individual organisms to a concern for the well-being of the population as a whole. (Evolution Readiness Activity 6 of 10.)

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Concord Consortium
Provider Set:
Concord Consortium Collection
Author:
The Concord Consortium
The National Science Foundation
Date Added:
12/11/2011
The Virtual Field
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The goal of this activity is to introduce students to the variation that exists in a population of organisms. Students plant different seeds in a field with a gradient of sunlight. Their seeds survive the winter and grow into plants the following spring to reinforce the point that the evolutionary changes the students observe take place over many generations. In a second model, a plant produces seeds, some of which grow into plants that are slightly different from those of the parent plant.

Subject:
Life Science
Genetics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Concord Consortium
Provider Set:
Concord Consortium Collection
Author:
The Concord Consortium
The National Science Foundation
Date Added:
12/11/2011