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5th grade programs

Green Invaders: Students play a game representing competition between the introduced species and native plants.   Power point presentation over three invasive.

Wildlife detective: Students will examine animal skulls and by learning about teeth and eye placement will try to identify the animals as herbivores, omnivores and carnivores.

Aiming to Save:  Participants learn and appreciate the many challenges that threatened and endangered species face finding food, water, shelter and living space and how habitat loss has impacted Ohio’s birds Teaming up for birds:  Learn about bird organizations and how you can create your own conservation group.  Learn about conservation efforts that you can do at home.

Ecosystem Basics:  Students will diagram the transfer of energy through an ecosystem and identify producers, consumers and decomposers.

Belly Hike: Students will observe, classify and record observations from a school yard plot study and record biotic and abiotic elements, producers, consumers and decomposers in a real ecosystem.

What’s for lunch?  Students will classify the ingredients of a hamburger and then use these ingredients to create food chains and webs.

Web of Life: Students will play a game that demonstrates the impact of organisms on each other in relation to energy flow through the ecosystem. 

Every Tree for itself: Students will investigate how producers compete for limited resources.  They will learn that changes to the environment cause changes to the amount of resources available to use.

Good Buddies:  Students play a game based on symbiotic, commensalism, mutualism and parasitism relationships.  

Predator Prey:  This is a fast paced game that teaches students about the predator/Prey relationship and how important quality habitat is to the survival of prey species.

Extinction and Remediation:  Students will discuss choices and their effect on other living organisms in an ecosystem by playing the four corners game and learning about Ohio’s threatened and endangered species.  Students will think of ways to enhance ecosystems to help species. 

Critter Scene Investigation:

Energy Pipeline: Students will simulate organic production and energy loss from major trophic levels in an ecosystem.  The class acts as a growth assembly line that becomes increasing complex with each round of play.