Science - 4th Grade
Students will understand the physical characteristics of Utah's wetlands, forests, and deserts and identify common organisms for each environment.
Describe the common plants and animals found in Utah environments and how these organisms have adapted to the environment in which they live.
If Bugs Could Talk - Bugs Don't Bug Me
Students will evaluate the quality of a "water sample" (using a bag
of skittles to represent pollution and pictures of aquatic macroinvertebrates to
represent invertebrates found in their sample), graph their results, and form a
hypothesis about the land use near the location their "water sample" was
Introduction to Habitat Alteration
Students will be introduced to the concepts of habitat and habitat change through lecturing and guided inquiry. Students will engage in an open discussion of habitat change, view time-lapse footage of change, and identify /evaluate images of natural and human caused habitat alteration. Attention will be focused on identifying indicators and causes of habitat alteration.
Macroinvertebrate Graphing Activity - Bugs Don't Bug Me
Students will learn about water quality indicators through the use of
candy representing a "macroinvertebrate sample." Sorting the candy and evaluating
what is found will tell the students about the quality of the water.
Macroinvertebrate Investigation - Bugs Don't Bug Me
Students will collect live macroinvertebrates from a river or
stream. They will then classify and count the invertebrates and use that data to
determine the EPT index.
Macroinvertebrate Mix and Match - Bugs Don't Bug Me
The class will learn about the head, thorax and abdomen of insects by
mixing and matching pictures of bugs. They will also match the larva/nymph stage
of each species to the adult.
Macroinvertebrate Simon Says - Bugs Don't Bug Me
After a short introduction to macroinvertebrate feeding habits,
students will play a Simon Says game.
Mapping It Out
This activity will help students learn about Utah's environments, temperature, elevation and rainfall.
NHMU: Adaptation Scavenger Hunt
Students will learn to recognize the specific adaptations of living things and relate them to survival within the animals environment.
NHMU: Bird Watching 101
Students will learn the basics of bird watching, finding and interpreting bird clues and attracting birds to a particular location or habitat.
NHMU: Birds Will Be Birds
Students will analyze the physical characteristics of 12 different birds and consider how this enables them to survive in their individual habitats. They will then expand on this knowledge by applying it to other species not covered in the handout.
NHMU: Living Food Web
Students will be able to name some plants and animals that live in Utah's desert, forest or wetland ecosystems. They will also describe the interdependence of the organisms in a food web.
NHMU: Our Ancient Earth - The Stratigraphy Cup
In this activity, students will make a stratigraphy cup by layering specimens in sand and plaster.
Students will be presented with data cards about plants and they will need to determine how to sort the data.
Putting Down Roots
The adaptations of plant roots and leaves are compared and physical features that allow particular plants and animals to live in specific environments are observed.
TRB 4:5 - Investigation 2 - Elevation, Plants & Animals
This activity will help students understand that elevation is one of the things that affect where and how plants and animals live.
TRB 4:5 - Investigation 3 - Web of Life
Students will understand environments and how organisms adapt to their environment.
TRB 4:5 - Investigation 5 - Desert Dynamics
Students will understand the plants and animals found in Utah deserts and how these organisms have adapted to their environment.
TRB 4:5 - Investigation 6 - Endangered Species of Utah
Students will research and report on an endangered Utah species.
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