Melodie Brewer

Melodie Brewer
6th Grade Science
80 Lessons
Pinnacle Peak Elementary
Scottsdale, AZ
Student Environment:
Suburban
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Habitats: It's a Seller's Market! (2 Day Lesson)
 
Big Idea: In order for an animal to survive, it must be able to find a suitable habitat that provides food, water, cover, and a safe place to raise its young.
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Desert Dwellers  (2 Day Lesson)
 
Big Idea: Wildlife populations are not static. They constantly fluctuate in response to a variety of stimulating and limiting factors. Populations of animals are continually changing in order to maintain equilibrium in an ecosystem.
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Fins, Feathers, and Fur: How Animals Adapt
 
Big Idea: Each organism is adapted (physically and/or behaviorally) to live in its habitat and to obtain the things it needs in order to survive.
Standards:
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 The Birds and the Beaks
 
Big Idea: Each organism is adapted to live in its habitat and to obtain the things it needs in order to survive. The beaks, feet, and legs of most birds are adapted to eat specific things in their environment.
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Ecosystem Match-up
 
Big Idea: Animal diversity within an ecosystem is affected by many factors.
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Which Bear Goes Where?
 
Big Idea: Now that we have learned a little about adaptations in the past few lessons, students will expand on their knowledge of adaptations by comparing similar species to learn how they adapt to their environment.
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Panda Bears in Phoenix (2 Day Lesson)
 
Big Idea: Panda bears used to the cool, damp, mountains and forests of Southwest China. Could they survive in the dry heat of the Arizona desert?
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Which Niche?
 
Big Idea: Each animal has a role in its ecosystem, which serves itself and others within its community.
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More Than Manure
 
Big Idea: Even the smallest animals can contribute to the well-being of an ecosystem!
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Whoo Wants Leftovers?
 
Big Idea: By examining owl pellets, we are able to map the whereabouts of certain species, identify predator-prey relationships, and learn about the ecosystems that are suitable for owls to live and thrive.
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The Feeling is Mutual
 
Big Idea: Living things in an ecosystem rely on a web of interdependence. These relationships can take on many forms.
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What's for Dinner: Learning about Food Webs
 
Big Idea: Food webs are made up of a variety of species and depend on the region in which the species lives. All food webs are made up of plants at the bottom level, which must be plentiful in order for other species to survive and thrive.
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Going, Going, Gone! (5 day project-based lesson)
 
Big Idea: The rapid decrease in population among many species means that we must put forth more effort to ensure that these species do not go extinct. Why not get our students involved?!
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I Need to See Some I.D.!
 
Big Idea: A dichotomous key is a tool that helps us determine the correct identification of a living thing.
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Ever the Ethologist - Part I
 
Big Idea: Observation is a critical element in the scientific process. This activity familiarizes students with the process of observing and recording animal behavior and how to use collected data to make informed inferences from the data collected.
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Ever the Ethologist - Part II
 
Big Idea: Observation is a critical element in the scientific process. This activity familiarizes students with the process of observing and recording animal behavior and how to use collected data to make informed inferences from the data collected.
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Oh, Behave! (2 Week Project Based)
 
Big Idea: Captivity can drastically affect animal behavior. Behavioral enrichment activities enhance the lives of captive animals by providing them with mental and physical challenges.
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