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Minnesota Zoo: Biomes, Habitats, and Ecosystems - Observation Activity

Grades: 4th Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade
Subjects: Science, Home Learning

Student Instructions

Let's spend time observing the environment and ecosystem around us. Get an adult's permission to go outside and observe your environment, otherwise make your observations by looking out of a window of your home. You can jot your observations on a piece of paper or on your mobile device. 1. Find a distraction-free place in nature to sit quietly for 10 minutes. Pay attention to your senses. - What do you see, hear, smell, and feel? - What living and non-living things do you see? - Jot this information down. 2. add Tap to add this activity. 3. note Tap to add your notes: - Add the date, time, weather, and location of your observation. - Describe living and non-living things you observe. - How are these things interacting? - Did your presence affect the living things around you? How? - What else did you notice about yourself or that ecosystem? 4. mic Use the mic to share your observations. 5. check Tap the check to add to your journal. Optional: Have your family do this activity with you? Did you notice the same things? Draw a map of the living and non-living things around you. Family Why: This activity encourages observation skills and paying attention to the world around us in a new way. Observation skills are foundational to scientific exploration.

Teacher Notes (not visible to students)

Customize this activity based on the age and skills of your students. If it is not safe for your students to go outside you can modify the activity to be indoors and encourage them to still think about living and non-living things and use their senses to think about their indoor environment in a new way. You can also have your students watch the video in this activity to better understand biomes and habits. https://app.seesaw.me/pages/shared_activity?share_token=kjwbY99uRji2I86AoyXsxA&prompt_id=prompt.3ffe9646-179f-48ea-a421-2b784b58e44c Learn more about how the Minnesota Zoo can support learning in your classroom. Visit https://mnzoo.org/learningcorner