Food Chains & Ecosystems
- Grade Level:
- Upper Elementary: Third Grade through Fifth Grade
- Common Core Standards:
- 4.L.3, 4.L.4, 3.SL.3, 3.SL.6, 4.SL.1, 4.SL.3, 5.SL.3
- State Standards:
- NGSS: 3-LS1; 3-LS2; 3-LS3; 3-LS4-3; 4-LS1; 5-LS1; 5-LS2; 5-PS3
This is a Ranger in the Classroom (RIC) program. It is based on the life sciences curriculum for 3rd through 5th grade. A park ranger will visit your school and deliver an interactive presentation followed by a classroom activity. Depending on your class schedule, the ranger can deliver multiple programs for each class/section, or a single presentation for all sections at once.
The Food Chains & Ecosystems program covers habitats of the Black Hills region (including Devils Tower). We look at residents of those habitats and the adaptations they use to survive; interactions in the food web and interdependency are core concepts of the program. The activity uses animal skulls, pelts and other artifacts to allow students to explore native wildlife.
To register for the program, go to the program request page and click on "Request a ranger to visit your school."