Ecology

Paws for a Minute | Elegant Crested Tinamou

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Learn about elegant crested tinamous — where they live in the wild, features of their habitat, and how their specific physical features and feeding behaviors help them survive. (This original, one-minute video was produced by Rhode Island PBS, in association with Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, Rhode Island.)

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Frogfish - Wild Kratts | PBS KIDS Lab

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Use this video to teach children how the frog fish captures its prey. The Wild Kratts meet a fish with lightning fast animal power!

Utiliza este vídeo par enseñar a niños cómo los peces rana capturan su presa. Los Kratts conocen a un pez con poder rápido.

Spot on Science | Invasive Plants

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Dr. Emily Rauschert, Assistant Professor of Plant Ecology at Cleveland State University, explains the qualities of invasive plants and how they are harmful to other plants, ecosystems, humans, and the economy. She shares samples of bush honeysuckle, phragmites (common reed), English ivy, and giant hogweed.

River Rewilding: Grand River Social and Economic Impacts

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This unit examines the social and economic role that the Grand River has played in the Grand Rapids, Michigan community. It begins with the Paleo-Indians and extends to current day. Students will look at primary source readings, artifacts, and summaries of the different time periods. They will examine the role of the River in society and the impacts of humans on the River. Specifically, students will examine how the change in population and uses of the River impacts river quality.

Mussel Reproduction Process | Iowa Land and Sky

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There are many and varied mussels species in the state Mussels use a host a fish as part of their reproduction process Each mussel species uses a different host fish and because of that uses a different strategy to attract the host fish they use.

MREDI | Farm Simulation

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In this lesson, students will role-play as a Montana farmer and make decisions about crops based on a number of variables. Students will decide which of four major Montana crops (chickpeas, lentils, potatoes, or wheat) to plant at a chosen location. After determining their crops and farming practices, students will assess how their chosen crops fared in the face of these positive and negative events. 

Paws for a Minute | River Otter

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Learn about the river otter—where they live in the wild, features of their habitat, and how their specific physical features and feeding behaviors help them survive. (This original, one-minute video was produced by Rhode Island PBS, in association with Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, Rhode Island.)

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Hide and Seek: Predator versus Prey Relations | Wild Kratts

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The Kratt brothers watch out for each other in the quest to discover the identity of the mystery lizard. While using their creature powers, they run into predators along the way - including hungry road runners and a quick coyote!

Turtle-Backed Tour of the Reef | Wild Kratts

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Come learn about sea turtles with the Wild Kratts gang. The gang tries to uncover the secrets of the sea turtle's swimming action in order to give the Tortuga swimming powers.

River Rewilding: Advanced Water Quality

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In this unit, students will consider what actions can be taken to reduce human impacts on local streams and improve stream quality. This Advanced Water Quality unit is packaged into three smaller parts: Part 1: Stream Habitat Assessment; Part 2: Macroinvertebrate Analysis, and Part 3: Macroinvertebrate Design Challenge.

The activities and lessons in each part have been developed to build upon one another, but they can also stand alone. Done in conjunction, students will experience analyzing and interpreting the biotic and abiotic factors in streams and designing and testing a macroinvertebrate sampler that mimics their stream’s habitat.

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