Life and Death on the Mountain
Children love to play hide and seek. As it turns out so do plants, prey, and predators! In this activity students will become the hunters, the hunted, and the hiders. Or in ecological terms- the apex consumers, primary consumers, and the primary producers. Be ready to run, and hunt for your food before the winter comes and you are left without a meal!
By playing a game of tag outside, students portray animal and habitat components of Mount Rainier.
In this inquiry-based activity students will create their own field investigation focusing on soil, water, plants, life, or weather. By studying the effects of natural resources upon one another and also how man influences and is influenced by natural resources students will learn how to better live within our means and see ways that resources affect each other.
King of the Mountain
Students will learn about the low-elevation forest, mid-elevation forest, subalpine forest/meadow, and alpine life zones on Mount Rainier by creating a playdough volcano and plant and animal adaption cards to determine which team is "king of the mountain".
Life Zone Rummy
All life depends on a habitat's food, water, shelter, and space to live. In this game, students ensure the survival of an animal by gathering these components and who ever saves the most animals wins. Student-created cards will be used to play Gin-Rummy and familiarize students with different components of a habitat needed for an organism to survive on Mount Rainier.
Students investigate the relative water quality of a stream by conducting a simulated bio-assessment by sampling aquatic macro invertebrates (represented by ordinary materials) in order to prepare for a real-life macro invertebrate survey that will be conducted with the National Parks Aquatic Resources field team at one of Mount Rainier's streams, rivers, or lakes, in order to assess the overall health of that body of water.
In this inquiry-based activity students will conduct a field study of four different environments as they focus on sunlight, soil, rock types, temperature, wind, water flow, plants, and animals in each environment. By comparing different environments, students will consider how nonliving elements influence living elements in an ecosystem.