Natural History Unit 7: Winter Ecology

AAA Unit VII QBO- Winter Ecology (09-10)

Keywords– Paramecium, Euglena, Cyclops, algae, Rotifers, Daphnia, etc. parthenogenesis, light microscope, coarse focus, fine focus, objectives, stage, total magnification

Objectives

  1. What kinds of critters can be found in a small pond in Kansas in winter?
  2. How can microscopes be used to study pond critters?
  3. What question(s) can you come up with and how can you answer your question(s) about the winter survival of one of the pond critters that you found to be interesting?
  4. What kinds of mammal tracks can be commonly found in the snow?
  5. How do different animals survive in the winter?
  6. What are some concerns with the future of our planet?

Activities/Labs

  1. “Pond Invertebrate Microscope Skill Activity”
  2. Pond Critter Inquiry Project using Science Inquiry Guide Sheet
  3. Mammal Track Exploration
  4. Winter Survival Project
  5. Watch “Planet Earth: Fresh Water” and write-down 10 facts and 5 questions you had from the video.
  6. Watch “Planet Earth: The Future” and write a 1-2 page THOUGHTFUL REFLECTION about whether you agree or disagree with the premise of the video, AND EXPLAIN YOUR THINKING!!

Extensions-

  1. Contrast the winter survival mechanisms of several Kansas species of your choice.
  2. Research the role of fire in the health of Kansas prairies.

Further Research: complete a water quality study of some local bodies of water, overpopulation of red cedars in Kansas prairies, ecological effects of Sunflower Munitions Plant, air quality in Kansas, Southwest Lawrence Trafficway (Baker Wetlands)

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