1. The program begins with an introduction to the National Park Service and its emblem.
2. The ranger then introduces Rocky Mountain National Park and its ecosystems with a video.
3. We then discuss what an ecosystem is made of.
4. Students then are invited to come up to the camera one group at a time to discuss the ecosystem they researched.
5. The ranger will then elaborate on each presentation, showing supplementary videos and images.
6. Lastly, once students have built the whole mountain of ecosystems, we discuss biodiversity.
7. Time is allowed for questions for the ranger.
Name at least 5 animals that call Rocky Mountain home
Answer questions about their selected ecosystem regarding temperature, elevation, precipitation, and animals present
Draw connections between Rocky Mountain and their home environment
Demonstrate research skills and organization
Describe the role of biodiversity in the health of ecosystems
Recognize the role of the NPS in preserving natural areas.
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) (National Academy of Sciences)
NGSS-2-LS4-1: Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.
NGSS-5-LS2-1: Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment.
NGSS-5-ESS2-1: Develop a model using an example to describe ways the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and/or atmosphere interact.
NGSS-MS-LS2-2: Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems.
NGSS-MS-LS2-3: Develop a model to describe the cycling of matter and flow of energy among living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem.
Colorado State Academic Standards (CSAS)