- Grade Level:
- Ninth Grade-Twelfth Grade
- Biodiversity, Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Ecology, Environment
- National/State Standards:
- NE [Science] 12.3.3a, 12.3.3c, 12.3.3d, 12.3.4a, 12.3.4b, and 12.4.2c
OverviewSix terrestrial ecosystems combine with the riparian and aquatic ecosystems of the Niobrara to create a mix of plants and animals that exist together like nowhere else. This unit focuses on the ecology and biodiversity of the Niobrara River Valley. It contains a field experience component in addition to pre and post experience classroom work.
Included worksheets and Dichotomous Keys.
4 large tubs .
I cube trays [1 per group of 2-3 students]
Dip Nets [1 per group of 2-3 students]
Magnifying Glasses or Bug Boxes
Dichotomous Keys of inverterates–laminated
Digital Cameras–students could bring their own- have a least one per group
Tree, plant, and animal field guides
Testing equipment or probes for oxugen, pH, nitrates, and temperature (Lamotte's Kits work well for testing)