Ecology Scavenger Hunt

Ecology Scavenger Hunt

Author: Beth Barsness
  1. Students will identify and take pictures of various ecological terms and objects.
  2. Students will use a dichotomous key to identify trees and wildflowers/weeds.
  3. Students will apply their knowledge of the ecology definitions by creating a well-organized PowerPoint presentation of their photos and notes.

The general goal of this lab experience is to get kids outside in the field to see and document the ecological terms they use in the classroom.  After taking photos or drawing each of the scavenger hunt items, students will create PowerPoint presentations or field notebooks of their findings.  This lesson can be adapted to your school’s surroundings and access to technology.  Please refer to the Variations/Extensions section of the lesson plan for suggestions.

Length of time needed:  2 class periods (88 mins)

This lesson was written by Susie Newman.

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Source: Susie Newman

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Source: Susie Newman