Mapping a Refuge

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Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Organization:American Geosciences Institute (AGI); Earth Science Week (ESW); United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)
Summary:The National Wildlife Refuge System, managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is the world's premier system of public lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants. Why not visit a national wildlife refuge in or near your community? A refuge is a place where you can record observations of seasonal changes to plants, trees, and wildlife. You can use GPS (global positioning system) data to mark an observation spot and record your observations. Then, if you can, visit the same national wildlife refuge during other seasons in the year to document changes in the natural world. Using this activity, students gain knowledge about their local wildlife refuge; their own detailed accounts of the flora and fauna in that area give students a tighter grasp on how conservation affects wildlife.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 9
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS2.E; ESS3.C
NGSS Performance Expectations:HS-ESS2-2; MS-ESS2-5
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Analyzing and interpreting data; Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information; Planning and carrying out investigations
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Scale, proportion, and quantity; Stability and change; Systems and system models
Subjects: citizen science; earth science week; environment; maps
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