Ecosystem Explorations: Connecting an ecology field experience to the classroom

by: Kristen L. Gunckel

The Ecosystem Explorations curriculum includes eleven classroom lessons. The lessons are divided into two sections—Understanding Ecosystems and Human Connections to Ecosystems. The curriculum incorporates scientific inquiry skills, cooperative learning situations, writing-to-learn activities, interdisciplinary lessons, and student materials printed in English and Spanish. This article describes how this curriculum helped students build a conceptual framework prior to participating in a field experience and better understand how humans depend on and impact the ecosystem.


Type Journal ArticlePub Date 9/1/1999Stock # sc99_037_01_18Volume 037Issue 01

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