Curriculum Links: Habitats, Communities and You
By participating in Habitats, Communities and You, students have an opportunity to meet the following curriculum expectations: (specific examples from the program are shown in bold)
Science and Technology
Life Systems: Habitats and Communities
- A1 - use a scientific research process, a scientific experimentation process, and an engineering design process to conduct investigations, following appropriate health and safety procedures
- B2 - demonstrate an understanding of habitats and communities and of interrelationships among the organisms (plants) that live in them.
A1. STEM Investigation and Communication Skills
- A1.1 use a scientific research process and associated skills to conduct investigations (all activities)
- A1.5 communicate their findings, using science and technology vocabulary and formats that are appropriate for specific audiences and purposes (If follow up activity is completed)
B2. Exploring and Understanding Concepts
- B2.1 describe habitats as areas that provide organisms, including plants and animals, with the necessities of life, and identify ways in which a local habitat provides these necessities (Ideal Plants)
- B2.2 describe a community as a group of interacting species sharing a common habitat, and identify factors that affect the ability of a community of plants and animals to survive in a local habitat (all activities)
- B2.6 describe structural adaptations of a variety of plants and animals and how these adaptations allow the organisms to survive in specific habitats (Plant Investigation)
- choose words that are most effective for their purpose (all activities)
- label and use pictures and diagrams appropriately (all activities)
- understand specialized terms in different subject areas (e.g., science, technology) (all activities)
- begin to develop research skills (formulate questions, locate information, clarify their understanding of information through discussion) (all activities)
Oral and Visual Communication
- use appropriate tone of voice and gestures in social and classroom activities (all activities)
- listen to others and stay on topic in group discussion (all activities)
- use appropriate strategies to organize and carry out group projects (all activities)
Feel free to use these comments when completing reports.
- During the Habitats program at TUSC, *name* investigated two different habitats and explored the characteristics of plant adaptations. *He/She*/They also investigated how humans use plants from various habitats. *name* was able to follow established safety procedures for working with soils and natural materials.