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Schoolyard Habitats® Pathway Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • Deepen students learning by incorporating a cross-curricular approach to addressing this pathway, including math, the language arts, the social studies, technology, engineering, and the arts.
  • Through hands-on, inquiry based learning, students will use high level thinking an problem solving skills to develop their understanding of natural systems in their community, including but not limited to:
    • biomes,ecosystems, habitats, and niches
    • habitat needs of plant and animal species
    • soil and water science
    • earth systems thinking/interconnectedness
    • food chains and webs, predator/prey relationships, and other social systems within ecosystems
    • a variety of plant and animal species, including threatened and endangered species
    • human impact on wild places and wildlife
  • Create a Schoolyard Habitat that:
    • Connects students, staff and the community to nature
    • is utilized as an outdoor learning laboratory
    • increases plant and animal biodiversity with special attention to local and regional threatened and endangered species
    • conserves water and maintains healthy soil
    • utilizes native species instead of invasive and non-native species
    • is utilized by all grades within the school
    • is created, developed, managed, and maintained by students, staff, families, and community members
  • Collect quantitative and qualitative data on the school's Schoolyard Habitat(s), including but not limited to, variables listed in bullet two.

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