My students need 65 owl pellets for a hands-on investigation of food webs, energy, and nutrient flow through a system.
We all remember hands-on investigations in science classes the most because they were the most meaningful. In my school district there aren't always funds to provide such opportunities for our budding scientists. We are left to make due with boring worksheets and uninspiring text books.
I have a group of about 130 7th and 8th graders that are attending the only Math/Science magnet middle school in the city.
Each and every one of my students is an inspired learner and chose to attend our school because of a love for science. As a school, nearly 85% of our students are on free/reduced lunches and because of their economic status, aren't always provided with opportunities to learn in a meaningful way.
With the addition of an owl pellet dissection lab to our energy and nutrient flow unit, I will be able to add a meaningful, engaging, and kinesthetic component to the curriculum. They will be able to apply concepts of trophic dynamics and energy flow to investigate a food web from our own local ecosystem. This will be so much more meaningful than any food web poster or picture could ever be.
This project is important because I believe that part of my job as a science educator is to inspire my students to apply science to real situations.
I am lucky enough to have engaged students, and I don't want to lose that engagement because of funding concerns. My students will be able to leave my classroom with a science experience that they can tell their mothers, fathers, and siblings about. They will leave my classroom knowing that science rules!
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