Hands-on Ecology: Real-life Activities for Kids

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Prufrock Press Inc., 2006 - Education - 157 pages
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Children naturally are fascinated by the world around them, exploring the make-up of their world, including the animals, plants, and organisms that inhabit it, at an early age. Hands-On Ecology develops children's fascination with their world by giving them a front-row seat in the exploration of various ecological habitats. The book gives teachers the tools they need to create an extensive, in-depth study of ecology, including background information on ecosystems, how to set up a hands-on study of their local ecosystem, a look at how human populations affect the environment, and viable ways classrooms can contribute to conservationism.

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Preparing the Essentials
What Is an Ecosystem? 21
A Local Ecosystem 61
Studying Populations 79
Human Impact on the Environment 91
Making a Contribution to Conservation 107

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Colleen Kessler is an Elementary Gifted Intervention Specialist in Northeast Ohio. She currently teaches second- and third-grade gifted students in Pepper Pike, OH. Kessler earned her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Cleveland State University in 1997. She earned a master's degree in Gifted Education from Kent State University in 2002. Kessler believes the best education is fun, motivating, and engaging for students and strives to provide such an environment for her students. She has been teaching for 7 years. Kessler lives in Twinsburg, OH, with her husband and son.

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