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Virtual Field Trips

We’ve gone virtual…introducing a new series of educational programming for virtual learners of all ages, no bus or carpool required! 

We are now offering Virtual Field Trips with our talented team of environmental interpreters to bring the Meadows Center’s nature and science activities into your curriculum and lesson plans! Our interpreters and engaging TEKS-aligned curriculum bring the natural world alive for students, and our programs compliment many state and national education requirements.

Each Virtual Field Trip focuses on a single theme, customized to the grade level of your learners, and includes a remote classroom experience, featuring live Meadows Center Environmental Interpreters with guided activities and educational segments, plus question and answer with our Environmental Interpreters followed by Q&A time. These live interactive engagements relate the environment of Spring Lake to the selected theme. Our TEKS-aligned curricula create customized experiences to meet your group's specific learning goals.

We use Zoom to interact with your classroom so your students can experience Spring Lake at The Meadows Center virtually from your site to ours. Our team members will work with you to help ensure that your classroom is able to remotely engage. 


For more information, please email our educational tour office at springlaketours@txstate.edu or call 512.245.7540.

Don’t see a tour here that meets the needs for your class? Please contact the tour office. We can work to customize an engagement to meet your requirements.

Macroinvertebrate Water Quality

Macroinvertebrate Water Quality

Students will learn about the connections between biodiversity, indicator species and water quality, while meeting a diverse assemblage of freshwater aquatic invertebrates and learning about their characteristics. Includes a live video microscope investigation. 

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  • Duration: Duration: 45 minutes with 10 minutes of question and answer time. 55 minutes total. 

    Cost: $90

     

  • Key Vocabulary: Aquatic Macroinvertebrates, Water Quality, Water Clarity, Intolerant Species, Tolerant Species, Watershed, Contaminants, Water Pollution, Bioindicators, Point Source Pollution, Nonpoint Source Pollution 

    Objectives 

    • Form a testable hypothesis on the quality of water based on the varying macroinvertebrates that live within it.
    • Identify the stages of aquatic macroinvertebrates life cycles within the water at Spring Lake.
    • Understand the role macroinvertebrates play in determining water quality.
    • Classify differing aquatic macroinvertebrates within Spring Lake.

    TEKS

    Science (K-8)

    K.2C, K.2D, K.7B, K.9B, 1.2C, 1.2D, 2.2C, 2.2D, 2.9B, 3.2C, 3.2D, 3.2F, 3.10B, 4.2B, 4.2C, 4.2D, 4.2F, 5.2B, 5.2C, 5.2D, 5.2F, 6.2C, 6.2E, 7.2C, 7.2D, 7.2E, 7.11A, 7.11B, 8.2C, 8.2E

    Aquatic Science 

    10A

    Biology

    12E

    Environmental Systems 

    4A, 5B, 5D, 7D

    Social Studies (K-8)

    K.4A, 4.19C, 5.23C, 5.24B, 6.19C, 7.20C

  • Kindergarten 

     

    This lesson will prepare students to be able to...

    K-ESS3-3

    Communicate solutions that will reduce the impact of humans on the land, water, air, and/or other living things in the local environment.

    Students will be skilled at...

    Science and Engineering Practices

    Disciplinary Core Ideas

    Crosscutting Concepts 

    K-ESS3-3

    Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information

    ESS3.B

    Human Impact on Earth Systems

    K-ESS3-3

    Cause and Effect

     

    Grade 1

     

    This lesson will prepare students to be able to...

    1-LS1-1

    Use materials to design a solution to a human problem by mimicking how plants and/or animals use their external parts to help them survive, grow, and meet their needs.

    Students will be skilled at...

    Science and Engineering Practices

    Disciplinary Core Ideas

    Crosscutting Concepts 

    1-LS1-1

    Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions

    LS1.A

    Structure and Function

     

    LS1.D

    Information Processing

    1-LS1-1

    Patterns

    Structure and Function

     

     

     

     

    Grade 3

     

    This lesson will prepare students to be able to...

    3-LS4-4

    Make a claim about the merit of a solution to a problem caused when the environment changes and the types of plants and animals that live there may change.

    Students will be skilled at...

    Science and Engineering Practices

    Disciplinary Core Ideas

    Crosscutting Concepts 

    3-LS4-4

    Engaging in Argument from Evidence

    LS4.C 

    Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience

    3-LS4-4

    Systems and System Models

     

    Grade 5

     

    This lesson will prepare students to be able to...

    5-ESS3-1

    Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environment.

    Students will be skilled at...

    Science and Engineering Practices

    Disciplinary Core Ideas

    Crosscutting Concepts 

    5-ESS3-1

    Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information

    ESS3.C 

    Human Impacts on Earth Systems

    5-ESS3-1

    Systems and System Models

     

    Middle School (Grades 6-8)

     

    This lesson will prepare students to be able to...

    MS-LS2-4

    Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect population

    MS-LS2-2

    Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems.

    MS-LS1-5

    Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how environmental and genetic factors influence the growth of organisms.

    MS-ESS3-3

    Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.

    MS-ESS3-4

    Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth's systems.

    Students will be skilled at...

    Science and Engineering Practices

    Disciplinary Core Ideas

    Crosscutting Concepts 

    MS-LS2-4

    Engaging in Argument from Evidence

    LS2.C

    Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience

    MS-LS2-4

    Stability and Change

    MS-LS2-2

    Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions

    LS2.A

    Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems

    MS-LS2-2

    Patterns

    MS-LS1-5

    Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions

    LS1.B

    Growth and Development of Organisms

    MS-LS1-5

    Cause and Effect

    MS-ESS3-3

    Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions

    ESS3.C

    Human Impacts on Earth Systems

    MS-ESS3-3

    Cause and Effect

    MA-ESS3-4

    Engaging in Argument from Evidence

    ESS3.C

    Human Impacts on Earth Systems

    MA-ESS3-4

    Cause and Effect



    High School (Grades 9-12)

    This lesson will prepare students to be able to...

    HS-LS2-8

    Evaluate evidence for the role of group behavior on individual and species’ chances to survive and reproduce

    HS-LS2-6

    Evaluate the claims, evidence, and reasoning that the complex interactions in ecosystems maintain relatively consistent numbers and types of organisms in stable conditions but changing conditions may result in a new ecosystem.

    HS-LS2-1

    Use mathematical and/or computational representations to support explanations of factors that affect carrying capacity of ecosystems at different scales.

    HS-LS2-2

    Use mathematical representations to support and revise explanations based on evidence about factors affecting biodiversity and populations in ecosystems of different scales.

    HS-LS4-5

    Evaluate the evidence supporting claims that changes in environmental conditions may result in (1) increases in the number of individuals of some species, (2) the emergence of new species over time, and (3) the extinction of other species.

    Students will be skilled at...

    Science and Engineering Practices

    Disciplinary Core Ideas

    Crosscutting Concepts 

    HS-LS2-8

    Engaging in Argument from Evidence

    LS2.D

    Social Interactions and Group Behaviors

    HS-LS2-8

    Cause and Effect

    HS-LS2-6 

    Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking & Engaging in Argument from Evidence

    LS2.C 

    Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience

    HS-LS2-6

    Cause and Effect

    HS-LS2-1

    Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking

    LS2.A

    Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems

    HS-LS2-1

    Scale, Proportion, and Quantity

    HS-LS2-2

    Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking

    LS2.A & LS2.C

    Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems & Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience

    HS-LS2-2

    Scale, Proportion, and Quantity

    HS-LS4-5

    Engaging in Argument from Evidence

    LS4.C

    Adaptation

    HS-LS4-5

    Cause and Effect

Spring Lake and The Water Cycle

The World's Water

Illustrates where and how water occurs all over the world. Students will learn about their own connections to the global water system and explore concepts of scale and proportionality. 

  • Duration: Duration: 45 minutes with 10 minutes of question and answer time. 55 minutes total. 

    Cost: $90 

     

  • Key Vocabulary: Condensation, Evaporation, Infiltration, Precipitation, Transpiration, Water Vapor, Surface Water, Run Off, Springs, Ground Water, Aquifer, Lithosphere, Biosphere, Hydrosphere, Hydrology, Precipitation, Percolation, Condensation, Transpiration, Evaporation

    Objectives 

    • Identify and locate the global water resources.
    • Understand the water cycle and that water goes through a continuous cycle.
    • Identify key features of the water cycle at Spring Lake.
    • Predict the effects of human activity on natural sources of clean water.
    • Develop an understanding on the importance of water conservation.

    TEKS

    Science (K-8): K.1B, K.7B, 1.7B, 2.7B, 3.7C, 4.3B, 4.7C, 4.8B, 5.8B, 7.8C

    Environmental Systems: 4C, 4D, 5B, 5C, 5D

    Social Studies: K.4A, 1.5A, 2.5A, 3.3C, 4.8C, 5.8B, 8.11B

     

    National Standards 

  • Kindergarten 

     

    This lesson will prepare students to be able to...

    K-ESS3-3

    Communicate solutions that will reduce the impact of humans on the land, water, air, and/or other living things in the local environment.*

    Students will be skilled at...

    Science and Engineering Practices

    Disciplinary Core Ideas

    Crosscutting Concepts 

    K-ESS3-3

    Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information

    ESS3.B

    Human Impact on Earth Systems

    K-ESS3-3

    Cause and Effect


     

    Grade 2

     

    This lesson will prepare students to be able to...

    2-ESS2-3

    Obtain information to identify where water is found on Earth and that it can be solid or liquid.

    Students will be skilled at...

    Science and Engineering Practices

    Disciplinary Core Ideas

    Crosscutting Concepts 

    2-ESS2-3

    Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information

    ESS2.C 

    The Role of Water in Earth’s Surface Processes

    2-ESS2-3

    Patterns

     

    Grade 4

     

    This lesson will prepare students to be able to...

    4-ESS3-1

    Obtain and combine information to describe that energy and fuels are derived from natural resources and their uses affect the environment.

    Students will be skilled at...

    Science and Engineering Practices

    Disciplinary Core Ideas

    Crosscutting Concepts 

    4-ESS3-1

    Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information

    ESS3.A 

    Natural Resources

    4-ESS3-1

    Cause and Effect

     

     

    Grade 5

     

    This lesson will prepare students to be able to...

    5-ESS2-1

    Develop a model using an example to describe ways the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and/or atmosphere interact.

    Students will be skilled at...

    Science and Engineering Practices

    Disciplinary Core Ideas

    Crosscutting Concepts 

    5-ESS2-1

    Developing and Using Models

    ESS2.A

    Earth Materials and Systems

    5-ESS2-1

    Systems and System Models

     

     

    Middle School (Grades 6-8)

     

    This lesson will prepare students to be able to...

    MS-PS1-3

    Gather and make sense of information to describe that synthetic materials come from natural resources and impact society.

    MS-ESS2-4

    Develop a model to describe the cycling of water through Earth's systems driven by energy from the sun and the force of gravity.

    MS-ESS3-1

    Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how the uneven distributions of Earth's mineral, energy, and groundwater resources are the result of past and current geoscience processes.

    MS-ESS2-5

    Collect data to provide evidence for how the motions and complex interactions of air masses results in changes in weather conditions.

    MS-ESS3-4

    Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth's systems.

    Students will be skilled at...

    Science and Engineering Practices

    Disciplinary Core Ideas

    Crosscutting Concepts 

    MS-PS1-3

    Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information

    PS1.A & PS1.B

    Structure and Properties of Matter & Chemical Reactions

    MS-PS1-3

    Structure and Function

    MS-ESS2-4

    Developing and Using Models

    ESS2.C 

    The Role of Water in Earth’s Surface Processes

    MS-ESS2-4

    Energy and Matter

    MS-ESS3-1

    Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions

    ESS3.A

    Natural Resources

    MS-ESS3-1

    Cause and Effect

    MS-ESS2-5

    Planning and Carrying Out Investigations

    ESS2.C & ESS2.D

    The Role of Water in Earth’s Surface Processes & Weather and Climate

    MS-ESS2-5

    Cause and Effect

    MS-3SS3-4

    Engaging in Argument from Evidence

    ESS3.C

    Human Impacts on Earth Systems

    MS-3SS3-4

    Cause and Effect

     

     

    High School (Grades 9-12)

     

    This lesson will prepare students to be able to...

    HS-ESS2-2

    Analyze geoscience data to make the claim that one change to Earth's surface can create feedback that causes changes to other Earth systems.

    HS-ESS3-1

    Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.

    HS-ESS3-2

    Evaluate competing design solutions for developing, managing, and utilizing energy and mineral resources based on cost-benefit ratios.

    Students will be skilled at...

    Science and Engineering Practices

    Disciplinary Core Ideas

    Crosscutting Concepts 

    HS-ESS2-2

    Analyzing and Interpreting Data

    ESS2.A & ESS2.D

    Earth Materials and Systems & Weather and Climate

    HS-ESS2-2

    Stability and Change

    HS-ESS3-1

    Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions

    ESS3.A & ESS3.B

    Natural Resources & Natural Hazards

    HS-ESS3-1

    Cause and Effect

    HS-ESS3-2

    Engaging in Argument from Evidence

    ESS3.A

    Natural Resources

    HS-ESS3-2

    Cause and Effect

Freshwater Turtles of Spring Lake

Turtles

Students will get an introduction to the prodigious population of freshwater aquatic turtles inhabiting Spring Lake, the basics of their physiology and behavior, and their place in the ecology of Spring Lake. Features live turtles. 

  • Duration: 45 minutes with 10 minutes of question and answer time. 55 minutes total. 

    Cost: $90

  • Key Vocabulary: Omnivore, Herbivore, Carnivore, Endemic, Diameter, Food Chain, Basking, Biotic, Abiotic, Predator, Prey, Cold-Blooded, Warm-Blooded, Reptile, Chelonians, Semi-aquatic Turtle, Semi-Terrestrial Turtle, Side-necked Turtle, Terrestrial Turtle, Nesting, Incubation Period

    Objectives 

    • Identify freshwater turtles found at Spring Lake. 
    • Make connections between the different turtles at Spring Lake and their dependence on biotic and abiotic parts of their ecosystem for food and shelter.
    • Explain the variation in physical characteristics among the freshwater turtles at Spring Lake.
    • Understand the process freshwater turtles at Spring Lake go through when laying their eggs.

    TEKS

    Science (K-8)     

    K.9B, K.9B, 1.10A, 1.10D, 2.9B, 2.10A, 3.10B, 4.10A, 5.10A,

    7.11B, 7.12A, 7.13A, 8.11A

    Aquatic Science                 

    10A

    Environmental Science   

    4A

    Social Studies

    K.4A

    National Standards 

  • Kindergarten 

     

    This lesson will prepare students to be able to...

    K-ESS3-1

    Use a model to represent the relationship between the needs of different plants and animals (including humans) and the places they live.

    K-LS1-1

    Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.

    Students will be skilled at...

    Science and Engineering Practices

    Disciplinary Core Ideas

    Crosscutting Concepts 

    K-ESS3-1

    Developing and Using Models 

    ESS3.A 

    Natural Resources

    K-ESS3-1

    Systems and System Models

    K-LS1-1

    Analyzing and Interpreting Data

    LS1.C 

    Organization for Matter and Energy Flow in Organisms

    K-LS1-1

    Patterns

     

    Grade 1

     

    This lesson will prepare students to be able to...

    1-LS1-1

    Use materials to design a solution to a human problem by mimicking how plants and/or animals use their external parts to help them survive, grow, and meet their needs.

    Students will be skilled at...

    Science and Engineering Practices

    Disciplinary Core Ideas

    Crosscutting Concepts 

    1-LS1-1

    Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions

    LS1.A

    Structure and Function

     

    LS1.D

    Information Processing

    1-LS1-1

    Patterns

    Structure and Function

     

    Grade 2

     

    This lesson will prepare students to be able to...

    2-LS4-1

    Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.

    Students will be skilled at...

    Science and Engineering Practices

    Disciplinary Core Ideas

    Crosscutting Concepts 

    2-LS4-1

    Planning and Carrying Out Investigations

    LS4.D

    Biodiversity and Humans

    2-LS4-1

    Patterns

     

    Grade 3

     

    This lesson will prepare students to be able to...

    3-LS4-4

    Make a claim about the merit of a solution to a problem caused when the environment changes and the types of plants and animals that live there may change.*

    3-LS4-2

    Use evidence to construct an explanation for how the variations in characteristics among individuals of the same species may provide advantages in surviving, finding mates, and reproducing.

    Students will be skilled at...

    Science and Engineering Practices

    Disciplinary Core Ideas

    Crosscutting Concepts 

    3-LS4-4

    Engaging in Argument from Evidence

    LS4.D 

    Biodiversity and Humans

    3-LS4-4

    Systems and Models

    3-LS4-2

    Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions

    LS4.B 

    Natural Selection

    3-LS4-2

    Cause and Effect

     

     

     

     

     

    Grade 4

     

    This lesson will prepare students to be able to...

    4-LS1-1

    Construct an argument that plants, and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.

    Students will be skilled at...

    Science and Engineering Practices

    Disciplinary Core Ideas

    Crosscutting Concepts 

    4-LS1-1

    Engaging in Argument from Evidence

    LS1.A

    Structure and Function

    4-LS1-1

    Systems and System Models

     

    Grade 5

     

    This lesson will prepare students to be able to...

    5-PS3-1

    Use models to describe that energy in animals’ food (used for body repair, growth, motion, and to maintain body warmth) was once energy from the sun.

    Students will be skilled at...

    Science and Engineering Practices

    Disciplinary Core Ideas

    Crosscutting Concepts 

    5-PS3-1

    Developing and Using Models

    PS3.D

    Energy and Chemical Processes and Everyday Life

    5-PS3-1

    Energy and Matter

     

    Middle School (Grades 6-8)

     

    This lesson will prepare students to be able to...

    MS-LS1-4

    Use arguments based on empirical evidence and scientific reasoning to support an explanation for how characteristic animal behaviors and specialized plant structures affect the probability of successful reproduction of animals and plants respectively.

    MS-LS2-2

    Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems.

    MS-LS1-5

    Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how environmental and genetic factors influence the growth of organisms.

    Students will be skilled at...

    Science and Engineering Practices

    Disciplinary Core Ideas

    Crosscutting Concepts 

    MS-LS1-4

    Engaging in Argument from Evidence

    LS1.B

    Growth and Development of Organisms

    MS-LS1-4

    Cause and Effect

    MS-LS2-2

    Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions

    LS2.A

    Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems

    MS-LS2-2

    Patterns

    MS-LS1-5

    Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions

    LS1.B

    Growth and Development of Organisms

    MS-LS1-5

    Cause and Effect

     

    High School (Grades 9-12)

     

    This lesson will prepare students to be able to...

    HS-LS2-6

    Evaluate the claims, evidence, and reasoning that the complex interactions in ecosystems maintain relatively consistent numbers and types of organisms in stable conditions but changing conditions may result in a new ecosystem.

    HS-LS2-8

    Evaluate evidence for the role of group behavior on individual and species’ chances to survive and reproduce.

    Students will be skilled at...

    Science and Engineering Practices

    Disciplinary Core Ideas

    Crosscutting Concepts 

    HS-LS2-6

    Engaging in Argument from Evidence

    LS2.C

    Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience

    HS-LS2-6

    Stability and Change

    HS-LS2-8

    Engaging in Argument from Evidence

    LS2.D

    Social Interactions and Group Behaviors

    HS-LS2-8

    Cause and Effect


     

Threatened and Endangered Species of San Marcos, Texas

Endangered Species

Students will be introduced to the unique threatened and endangered species that depend on the San Marcos Springs and learn about their habitats and adaptations. Features a live Texas blind salamander. 

  • Duration: Duration: 45 minutes with 10 minutes of question and answer time. 55 minutes total. 

    Cost: $90

     

  • Key Vocabulary:  Extinct, Threatened Species, Endangered Species, Swim Bladder, Gills, Buoyancy, Food Chain,  Adaptations, Endemic, Habitat, Predator, Prey, Behavioral Adaptations, Physiological Adaptations, Structural Adaptations

    Objectives 

    • Understand the relationship between predator and prey.
    • Identify the different reasons behind an animal species extinction.
    • Predict the impact species extinctions will have on the immediate environment.
    • Identify the three characteristics of animal adaptations.
    • Understand the effect animal adaptations have on their chance at survival.

    TEKS

    Science (K-8)

    K.9B, 1.10A, 2.9B, 2.10A, 3.9C, 4.9B, 4.10A, 5.9A, 5.9C, 5.10A, 7.8C, 7.11B, 7.12A, 8.11A, 8.11B

    Aquatic Science

    10A, 12E, 12C

    Biology

    7D, 7E

    Environmental Science  

    4A, 4G, 4H, 9E, 9K

    Social Studies (K-8)

    2.5B, 3.3C, 4.8C, 5.8B, 8.11B

    National Standards 

  • Kindergarten 

     

    This lesson will prepare students to be able to...

    K-ESS3-1

    Use a model to represent the relationship between the needs of different plants and animals (including humans) and the places they live.

    K-ESS3-3

    Communicate solutions that will reduce the impact of humans on the land, water, air, and/or other living things in the local environment. 

    K-LS1-1

    Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.

    Students will be skilled at...

    Science and Engineering Practices

    Disciplinary Core Ideas

    Crosscutting Concepts 

    K-ESS3-1

    Developing and Using Models 

    ESS3.A 

    Natural Resources

    K-ESS3-1

    Systems and System Models

    K-LS1-1

    Analyzing and Interpreting Data

    LS1.C 

    Organization for Matter and Energy Flow in Organisms

    K-LS1-1

    Patterns

    K-ESS3-3

    Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information

    ESS3.B

    Developing Possible Solutions

    K-ESS3-3

    Cause and Effect

     

     

     

    Grade 1 

     

    This lesson will prepare students to be able to...

    1-LS1-1

    Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.

    Students will be skilled at...

    Science and Engineering Practices

    Disciplinary Core Ideas

    Crosscutting Concepts 

    1-LS1-1

    Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions

    LS1.A

    Structure and Function

     

    LS1.D 

    Information Processing 

    1-LS1-1

    Structure and Function 

     

    Grade 2

     

    This lesson will prepare students to be able to...

    2-LS4-1

    Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.

    Students will be skilled at...

    Science and Engineering Practices

    Disciplinary Core Ideas

    Crosscutting Concepts 

    2-LS4-1

    Planning and Carrying Out Investigations

    LS4.D

    Biodiversity and Humans

    2-LS4-1

    Patterns

     

    Grade 3

     

    This lesson will prepare students to be able to...

    3-LS4-3

    Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all.

    3-LS4-4

    Make a claim about the merit of a solution to a problem caused when the environment changes and the types of plants and animals that live there may change.

    3-LS4-2

    Use evidence to construct an explanation for how the variations in characteristics among individuals of the same species may provide advantages in surviving, finding mates, and reproducing.

    Students will be skilled at...

    Science and Engineering Practices

    Disciplinary Core Ideas

    Crosscutting Concepts 

    3-LS4-3

    Engaging in Argument from Evidence

    LS4.C

    Adaptation

    3-LS4-3

    Cause and Effect

    3-LS4-4

    Engaging in Argument from Evidence

    LS4.D 

    Biodiversity and Humans

    3-LS4-4

    Systems and Models

    3-LS4-2

    Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions

    LS4.B 

    Natural Selection

    3-LS4-2

    Cause and Effect

     

    Grade 4

     

    This lesson will prepare students to be able to...

    4-LS1-1

    Construct an argument that plants, and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.

    Students will be skilled at...

    Science and Engineering Practices

    Disciplinary Core Ideas

    Crosscutting Concepts 

    4-LS1-1

    Engaging in Argument from Evidence

    LS1.A

    Structure and Function

    4-LS1-1

    Systems and System Models

     

    Grade 5

     

    This lesson will prepare students to be able to...

    5-ESS3-1

    Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environment.

    Students will be skilled at...

    Science and Engineering Practices

    Disciplinary Core Ideas

    Crosscutting Concepts 

    5-ESS3-1

    Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information

    ESS3.C 

    Human Impact

    5-ESS3-1

    Systems and System Models

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Middle School (Grades 6-8)

     

    This lesson will prepare students to be able to...

    MS-LS2-1

    Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.

    MS-LS2-2

    Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems.

    MS-LS1-4

    Use arguments based on empirical evidence and scientific reasoning to support an explanation for how characteristic animal behaviors and specialized plant structures affect the probability of successful reproduction of animals and plants respectively.

    MS-LS1-5

    Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how environmental and genetic factors influence the growth of organisms.

    Students will be skilled at...

    Science and Engineering Practices

    Disciplinary Core Ideas

    Crosscutting Concepts 

    MS-LS2-1

    Analyzing and Interpreting Data

    LS2.A

    Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems

    MS-LS2-1

    Cause and Effect

    MS-LS2-2

    Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions

    LS2.A

    Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems

    MS-LS2-2

    Patterns

    MS-LS1-4

    Engaging in Argument from Evidence

    LS1.B

    Growth and Development of Organisms

    MS-LS1-4

    Cause and Effect

    MS-LS1-5

    Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions

    LS1.B

    Growth and Development of Organisms

    MS-LS1-5

    Cause and Effect

     

    High School (Grades 9-12) 

     

    This lesson will prepare students to be able to...

    HS-LS2-6

    Evaluate the claims, evidence, and reasoning that the complex interactions in ecosystems maintain relatively consistent numbers and types of organisms in stable conditions but changing conditions may result in a new ecosystem.

    HS-LS2-7

    Design, evaluate, and refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment and biodiversity.

    HS-LS2-8

    Evaluate evidence for the role of group behavior on individual and species’ chances to survive and reproduce.

    HS-LS4-2

    Construct an explanation based on evidence that the process of evolution primarily results from four factors: (1) the potential for a species to increase in number, (2) the heritable genetic variation of individuals in a species due to mutation and sexual reproduction, (3) competition for limited resources, and (4) the proliferation of those organisms that are better able to survive and reproduce in the environment.

    HS-LS4-5

    Evaluate the evidence supporting claims that changes in environmental conditions may result in (1) increases in the number of individuals of some species, (2) the emergence of new species over time, and (3) the extinction of other species.

    Students will be skilled at...

    Science and Engineering Practices

    Disciplinary Core Ideas

    Crosscutting Concepts 

    HS-LS2-6

    Engaging in Argument from Evidence

    LS2.C

    Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and, Resilience

    HS-LS2-6

    Stability and Change

    HS-LS2-7

    Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions

    LS2.C

    Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience

    HS-LS2-7

    Stability and Change

    HS-LS2-8

    Engaging in Argument from Evidence

    LS2.D

    Social Interactions and Group Behaviors

    HS-LS2-8

    Cause and Effect

    HS-LS4-2

    Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions

    LS4.B & LS4.C

    Natural Selection & Adaptation

    HS-LS4-2

    Cause and Effect

    HS-LS4-5

    Engaging in Argument from Evidence

    LS4.C

    Adaptation

    HS-LS4-5

    Cause and Effect

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