Reflection: Real World Applications The Food Chain - Section 3: Explore/ Explain


I really wanted my Ecosystem Unit to be tied into our local Ecosystem. Our community is surrounded by the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area and is one of the most unique ecosystems in the world. In working closely with the National Park Service, I have been able to bring my students out to the park for several field trips to connect what we are learning in the classroom to what they see in the wilderness areas.

If you can't bring your students out to a National, State or County park, you could bring the park to them. There are several resources available to have virtual field trips in your classroom. You could also have a naturalist or ranger come to your school to speak about your local ecosystem. 

Even though I narrowed the students' focus for creating this local version of the food chain, they enjoyed learing about the local animals that live in our mountains. This also gave them a good starting off point for the learing we will be doing when we go on our hikes and restoration activities.

  Making Connections to our local environment
  Real World Applications: Making Connections to our local environment
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The Food Chain

Unit 4: Ecosystems
Lesson 2 of 9

Objective: SWBAT describe the parts of a food chain based on animals in our local ecosystem.

Big Idea: The Food Chain is important to understand to see how energy moves through our living system.

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