Ecosystems Flashcards

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Botanical Gardens Field Trip

Add what you learned on our field trip to the Norfolk Botanical Gardens on Google Slides. Be sure to write in complete sentences, fix errors in content and grammar as you see them, and stay on topic. If you need to look up information so that your information is accurate, please do so.

The Pros and Cons of Using Pesticides

Watch the video about the use of pesticides and read the fact sheet. You will write a paragraph about the pros and cons of using pesticides, so be sure to take notes.

Prairie Webquest

You will be going on a webquest for information about your assigned prairie dweller.

Approved Websites for Research:

A Field Guide to the Prairie
National Geographic Wild: Animals
Flora and Fauna of the Great Plains
Animal Diversity Web

Information you are required to present:

  • common name
  • scientific name
  • minimum 2 pictures of animal
  • habitat
  • what it eats
  • endangered, threatened, or neither?
  • 5 fun facts
  • bonus: add a movie of the animal in action or a clip of the sounds it makes

Create a graphic organizer of the aforementioned information on Exam Time or using Google Draw or Bubble Us or any other graphic organizer, then post it on Edmodo.

To add your graphic organizer made on Google Draw to Edmodo, click on Share, then on Get Sharable Link. Copy the link and paste it in your reply on Edmodo.
To add your graphic organizer to Edmodo, while on Exam Time click on Share, then copy the Embed Code. Go to Edmodo, then click on the Link button and paste the code.

View 2 of your fellow 5th graders' graphic organizers and offer advice on how to improve their content. Try to make sure that all of your classmates receive feedback about their graphic organizers. (This can be missing information, spelling or grammatical errors, or erroneous information.)

All of the information for your presentation should be written using complete sentences. You can use any electronic format (iMovie, Powtoon, Prezi, etc.) you wish to present your information, but you must present it to the class by the due date.


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Eastern Racer

The scientific name of the Eastern Racer is Coluber constrictor. It lives in dry, open habitats such as grass and bluff prairies found across the United States. The Eastern Racer eats small mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and large insects including turtles, frogs, squirrels, and rabbits. It is neither endangered nor threatened. Some interesting facts include that the Eastern Racer can grow to be 77 inches long and move at speeds of about 4 mph. It can live up to 10 years. Its main predators are dogs, cats, large birds, and coyotes. The Eastern Racer will lay its eggs in rotting tree stumps or sawdust piles and will hibernate during the cold months often with other racers. Be aware that you may see an Eastern Racer in a tree since they are good climbers, but don't worry this snake is harmless to people especially since its first response is to hide or flee.

Eastern Racer, Coluber constrictor from Neil Dazet on Vimeo.