Looking for Wild Elements

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Link to Resource: http://www.earthsciweek.org/classroom-activities/looking-wild-elements
Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
5 6 7 8
Language:English
Organization:American Geosciences Institute (AGI); Earth Science Week (ESW); United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)
Summary:Few schools are within walking distance of a federally designated wilderness. However, many schools are within walking distance of land with wild elements. Students can look for examples of places with wild elements on or near their school grounds. Then they can duplicate the activity in a wilder landscape, such as those found on national wildlife refuges. In this activity, students will explore local places with wild elements, such as wildlife refuges. Students also will create maps showing spatial relationships between wild places and school, and they will find creative ways to record experiences.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 4; Big Idea 8
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS3.A
NGSS Performance Expectations:5-ESS3-1; MS-ESS3-1
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering); Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Systems and system models
Subjects: 6-8; earth science; earth science week; environment; geoscience; middle school
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