Grade: High School

01 Mar 2021

Sustainable Agriculture

August-June 

On this journey, we’ll answer the question:  what exactly is sustainable agriculture?  Then, you lead the way as we go on a fictional quest to build your own sustainable farm!

Standards:

ENV.ER.1: Energy resources

ENV.ER.4: Soil and land

ENV.GP.4: Sustainability

ENV.GP.7: Food production and availability

Vocabulary:

Customized based on your classroom curriculum and field trip objectives

28 Feb 2021

Forest and Field Ecosystems

August-June

The connections and interactions of energy and matter between Earth’s spheres are shown during the study of the forest and field habitats at Greenacres. Students will investigate the interconnectedness within habitats and the understanding of the complex relationships between them, including both abiotic and biotic factors.

Standards:

  • ENV.ES.1: Biosphere-Ecosystems (equilibrium, species interactions, stability).
  • ENV.ES.1: Biosphere-Population dynamics.
  • ENV.ES.5: Movement of matter and energy through the hydrosphere, lithosphere, atmosphere and biosphere-Ecosystems.

Vocabulary:

 ecosystem, population dynamics, habitat, species interactions

28 Feb 2021

Water Quality

August-June

The health of a stream can be assessed in several different ways.  Students will perform chemical, physical, and biological studies of a local Greenacres stream, and make conclusions about water quality and impacts of human activity on surface waters.

Standards:

  • SWK High School: Various science disciplines use diverse methods to obtain evidence and do not always use the same set of procedures to obtain and analyze data
  • SHE High School: Science depends on curiosity, imagination, creativity and persistence.
  • SHE High School: Science and engineering are influenced by technological advances and society; technological advances and society are influenced by science and engineering.
  • ENV.ES.4: Hydrosphere-Surface and groundwater flow patterns and movement.
  • ENV.ER.3: Water and water pollution-Potable water and water quality.
  • ENV.GP.2: Potable water quality, use and availability.

Vocabulary:

biological, physical, chemical, pH, turbidity, dissolved oxygen, macroinvertebrate

26 Feb 2021

Ecological Inquiry

August-June

Scientific inquiry is a way of doing science that includes making observations, forming hypotheses, designing studies, collecting data, and drawing conclusions. Students will design and conduct a simple investigation to learn about the inquiry process.

Standards:

  • SWK High School: Various science disciplines use diverse methods to obtain evidence and do not always use the same set of procedures to obtain and analyze data.
  • SHE High School: Science depends on curiosity, imagination, creativity and persistence.
  • SHE High School: Science and engineering are influenced by technological advances and society; technological advances and society are influenced by science and engineering.

Vocabulary:

observation, investigation, comparative question, data, analysis