Standards of Learning: 2010 Science (4.1, 4.5, 4.6); 2009 Math (4.3, 4.4, 4.14)
Our environment is filled with living and nonliving components that interact and affect each other in many ways. In Eco-Detectives, students don buckets, nets, magnifiers and the role of ecological scientists to determine the health of our MSiC pond ecosystem. During their field-based data collection process, students consider what living and nonliving factors may affect this environment as they examine specimens, test the water quality and compare data. In addition to gathering data from the pond, students also work in the surrounding area collecting information on land use, weather data, and trees. Back in the lab, students analyze their data to assess the health of the pond ecosystem.