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ECOSYSTEMS

Grades 2-5
 
Students will participate in “hands-on” investigations to discover how plants and animals grow, reproduce, and survive within an ecosystem. They will learn how organisms perform different functions within a group, adapt to changing environments, and how energy transfers through food webs. Students in grades 3-5 will also be challenged to solve an environmental based problem.

Learning Standards for Science:
LS2 – Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy and Dynamics:
(Grade 2)
2-LS2-1 Plan and conduct an investigation to determine if plants need sunlight and water to grow.
2-LS2-2 Develop a simple model that mimics the function of an animal in dispersing seeds or pollinating plants.

Learning Standards for Science (Grades 3-5):
3-LS2-1 Construct an argument that some animals form groups that help members survive.
3-LS4-2 Use evidence (e.g., observations, patterns) to construct an explanation for how the variations in characteristics among individuals of the same species may provide advantages in surviving, finding mates, and reproducing.
3-LS4-3. Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all.
3-LS4-4 Make a claim about the merit of a solution to a problem caused when the environment changes and the types of plants and animals that live there may change.

5-LS2-1 Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment.
5-PS3-1 Use models to describe that energy in animals’ food (used for body repair, growth, motion, and to maintain body warmth) was once energy from the sun.

Learning Standards for Common Core English Language Arts:
• Asking and Answering Questions
• Communicating Information and Ideas
• Engaging in Argument from Evidence
• Vocabulary Acquisition and Use

Learning Standards for Engineering/Technology Education:
• K-2-ETS1-2 Develop a simple sketch, drawing, or physical model to illustrate how the shape of an object helps it function as needed to solve a given problem.
• 3-5-ETS1-2 Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.

Cost: $12.00 per student Chaperones are complimentary
Class Limit: Minimum class size = 16 students
Length of Program: 2 hours
 
 
 
 
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Contact Information
For more information on Extended Classroom, please contact:

Kathy Harasta
Phone: (607) 766-3731
Email: kharasta@btboces.org

Nicole Waskie-Laura
Phone: (607 766-3730
Email: nwaskiel@btboces.org
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