Children are fascinated with nature. This video presentation gives an overall picture of ecology and how it relates to the environment. Teachers and students will be educated on the different terms used such as niche, population, food web and others. The grade five (5) curriculum features some aspects of the above content. Students will be grateful for the overall explanation of ecology from this presentation. Teachers may use this presentation as an introduction to their lesson.
Teaching ecology to very young children may appear to be complicated. However, this article highlights the fact that young children can learn ecology through reading stories, dramatic plays, modeling situations, displaying a nature corner in the classroom and taking students on field trips. Teachers do not have to teach students using flashcards which may be a bit uninteresting. But, they can set the stage for these students to appreciate ecology and preservation. Teachers may use these tips.
In introducing ecology to students, it is appropriate that the teacher presents a lesson on what’s habitat? This lesson plan is for grade K- 4 and 5-8. Students will be exposed to what is a habitat and showing the comparison between the human and animal habitat. This lesson plan provides interactive and hands-on activities for the students. I am impressed with these activities because in a subtle way students become aware of their environs. Teachers may use this lesson.
It is important to note that ecology for kids starts at home. Teachers have a crucial role in encouraging parents to teach their children to apply the five R's in their daily lives - rethink, reduce, reuse, recycle, renew. Encouraging children to make ecology crafts such as turning a carton box into house slippers. Take students on trips so they will be able to know how to care and protect the environment. Teachers and students will appreciate these activities.
Generally, students enjoy exploring new activities. This activity focuses on how and what nature recycles naturally. Students will be given the opportunity to see what things are biodegradable. The teacher may instruct the students in following the procedures provided. At the end of the activity, the students will be asked questions based on their observation. This activity will be helpful since at times students are not aware of the different types of trash that can be broken down.
This song on Ecology is based on the tune “Mercy Mercy me” by Marvin Gaye. The words of the song highlight the harsh realities of the state of the environment. Students may be entertained and educated when listening to the song. I enjoyed the song. Students and teachers may learn the song as reinforcement for aspects of ecology concepts.
Setting up an Ecology / Environment Club brings rewarding benefits to the school as well as to the students. This article highlights a list of recommendations for the success of an environmental club. Having such a club allows students to be engaged in an array of environmental projects. As an educator, I found out that students are very excited when they participate in projects such as recycling materials. Teachers may gain insight on how to set up and operate an ecology /environment club.
This website outlines the new approaches to teaching ecology for grades K-12. This program focuses on promoting lessons in which students learn science by conducting research rather than reading textbooks. Such research requires collaboration, interdisciplinary thinking and communication skills. The strategy of using students of higher grades to teach students of the lower grades ecology concepts may help students. Teachers may apply the content in their lessons.