Understanding Each Other and Our Ecosystem

Progress:
  • Project Cost: $950
  • Funded to Date: $715
  • Teacher Name: Scarlet Cormack
  • School: Kickapoo High School
  • Grade Level: 9-12+ Functional Skills & Multiple Disabilities (Special Ed), 9-12 Ecology I & II
  • Description:

    On a scientific level students in the Functional Skills class are working with students in the Ecology I and Ecology II classes to learn about the different ecosystems both in our area and in/around our country. Students are separated into groups, each group contains 1-2 functional skills students and 3-4 general education students. Students are working together to recreate their assigned ecosystem and doing research about each ecosystem. As culminating events students will go to the Wonders of Wildlife and the Zoo to see the different ecosystems/habitats. This is a year long project with the students in Ecology I going to Ecology II at the end of the 1st semester.
    On a engagement level students in both classes will be working on how to appropriately engage with peers of different needs and ability levels. These skills are vital to working in any environment along with being productive members of the community.

  • Planned Use for Funds: Buying equipment, food, testing equipment, and organisms for all aquariums. Students will recreate ecosystems so that they understand how they work and the types of interactions seen within them.
  • Need Represented: Students on all levels need to understand our impact on our environment and ultimately how eventually that will impact us.

    On a engagement level students in both classes will be working on how to appropriately engage with peers of different needs and ability levels. These skills are vital to working in any environment along with being productive members of the community.
  • Academic Impact: Students will be understand ecosystems, modes of reproduction and adaptations that organisms have, population checks and balances, interactions between organisms, extinction causes and consequences, how energy flows through ecosystems, elements and how they cycle through the environment, and biodiversity.
  • Student Population: Students involved in this project range from a pre-k cognitive level to a senior honors level. Students are also socioeconomically diversified and ranging from free and reduced to financially unencumbered.
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