Immerse yourself in Armand Bayou Nature Center's three ecosystems! This is a hands-on, TEKS correlated, field science class that makes the textbook come alive. Hike through the forest and roll a log. Visit the prairie and sweep net for insects. Dip net at the pond and discover what lives beneath the surface. As you visit each , you'll learn what makes it unique. The program has an underlying stewardship theme that encourages participants to appreciate and care for the world around them.
|Grades|| 4th - 12th
|Class Limit||Minimum 10|
$10.00/participant (children and adults)
One chaperone or teacher per 10 participants is free of charge. A 10-to-1 ratio of students to adults is required.
Please see the field trip planner for more information about scheduling a field trip. (Call 713-274-2668 for class dates and to enroll.)
The following objectives, vocabulary, and TEKs may be addressed during this field trip.
- Examine properties of soil: color, texture, capacity to retain water, and explain sources of soil.
- Explore how adaptations enable organisms to survive in their environment.
- Compare life cycles in living organisms, such as butterflies and dragonflies.
- Observe the way organisms live and survive in their ecosystem by interacting with the living and non-living elements.
- Describe some components/elements/factor of pond, prairie, and forest ecosystems.
- Ecosystem - An ecosystem is a complex, dynamic system that functions as a whole. An ecosystem is a natural unit and its size can be as small as a drop of water or as large as the Earth. Ecosystems consist of the interactions between organisms and between organisms and physical components, in which materials are exchanged following closed paths.
- Abiotic - non-living or physical components such as light, temperature, water, rocks, etc.
- Biotic - living things
- Producers - plants, algae, phytoplankton or bacteria the make their own food from the sun or chemical sources (vents ocean floor where there is no light)
- Consumers - Organisms that eat other organisms or organic matter
- Decomposers - Organisms that convert dead organic material into inorganic material, nature's recyclers
- Diversity - variety of species in a given area
- Life cycle - life history of an organism, including growth, development, aging, and death
- Metamorphosis - The way that insects develop, grow and change
- Complete metamorphosis: consists of 4 stages of development: egg, larva, pupa, adult; e.g. wasps, bees, beetles, moths, flies, and butterflies
- Incomplete metamorphosis: 3 stages of development: egg, nymph, adult; e.g. dragonflies
- Soil permeability - Rate at which a liquid can pass through soil
- Niche - An organism's role in an ecosystem
- Competition - Two or more organisms simultaneously demanding for limited resources, e.g. nutrients, water, light, space, etc.
TEKS (2012-2013 Science)
- 4.2B, 4.4A, 4.7A, 4.10A&C (Pre and post-trip activities may also address 4.2C&D.)
- 5.2B, 5.4A, 5.9A&C (Pre and post-trip activities may also address 5.2C&D and 5.10A&C.)
- 6.2C, 6.4A, 6.12E (Pre and post-trip activities may also address 6.2D&E.)
Pre and Post Trip Materials
Pre and Post Trip Materials (PDF Format)
- Connections Checklist
- Connections Data Sheet
- Connections Pre-Trip Activity (Dragonfly Life Cycle)
- Connections Post-Trip Activity (Analyzing Data)
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