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4th grade - Ecosystems: The World-wide Web of Life
Suggested Grade Level: 4th
Maximum Group Size Per Day: 60 students (plus chaperones)
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The world is composed of many natural ecosystems in which plants and animals interact with one another and the nonliving environment. Each species has a niche or job within the ecosystem and each is dependent on the other members of its community for survival. Students will explore the natural communities found in Shenandoah National Park and make comparisons between natural and human communities. As human and environmental impacts are evaluated, stewardship behaviors that support a healthy world will be explored and practiced.
Following the park experience and classroom activities, the students will be able to
Virginia Science Standards of Learning Addressed:
Strand: Living Systems
4.5 - The student will investigate and understand how plants and animals in an ecosystem interact with one another and the nonliving environment. Key concepts include
Did You Know?
Although it’s native to these mountains, much of the beautiful mountain laurel you see blooming along Skyline Drive in June was planted by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s.