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Ecosystem Explorers

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Grade Level:
Upper Elementary: Third Grade through Fifth Grade
Subject:
Science
Common Core Standards:
4.RF.4, 5.RF.4, 4.RI.1, 4.RI.4, 4.RI.5, 4.RI.7, 5.RI.1, 5.RI.2, 5.RI.3, 5.RI.7, 4.SL.1.a, 4.SL.2, 4.SL.4, 5.SL.1.a, 5.SL.2, 5.SL.4, 5.SL.5, 4.W.2, 4.W.7, 4.W.8, 5.W.2, 5.W.7, 5.W.8, 5.W.9
State Standards:
Colorado State Standards: SC09-GR.4-S.2-GLE.3-IQ.1,2,4  SC09-GR.4-S.2-GLE.3-EO. b,c SC09-GR.6-S.2-GLE.1-IQ.1 SC09-GR.6-S.2-GLE.1-EO.d 

NGSS: NGSS-2-LS4-1, NGSS-5-LS2-1, NGSS-5-ESS2-1, NGSS-MS-LS2-2, NGSS-MS-LS2-3

Background

Due to changes in elevation, precipitation, and temperature within Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP), the ecosystems here are extremely diverse. From snow covered mountain peaks to open meadows, Rocky Mountain National Park is an ideal place to study biodiversity.

Shooting star wildflowers in a meadow
NPS Photo

This program requires a pre-lesson (attached below) to be conducted prior to connecting with the ranger. Students will research the four ecosystems present in RMNP and prepare a presentation to give back to the ranger during the live program.


How to Participate
Call our Education Specialist at 970-586-1338 to schedule a program. Requests are handled on a first come, first served basis.

Equipment Requirements
To connect with Rocky Mountain National Park you will need a stable internet connection, a web cam, and projector so the entire class can see the ranger on screen.

Materials

Follow this lesson plan to prepare for your live program with a Rocky Mountain National Park ranger.

Download Ecosystem Explorers Teacher Lesson Plan

Utilize this activity book to complete the pre-program lesson plan described in the teacher lesson plan above.

Download Ecosystem Explorers Activity Book

Last updated: July 9, 2018