How can I understand my local environment through the exploration of native specimens?
How can new information and my background knowledge inform my ability to ask questions?
How can I demonstrate my understanding of ecology through creative expression?
Through the lens of ecology, students began the learning process with a provocation that ignited this multidisciplinary exploration. We began by exploring our biome using local artifacts and specimens in a “Beaty Box”, borrowed from the U.B.C. Biodiversity Museum. After grounding our sense of place, we analyzed other biomes through virtual reality and research. Students were then challenged to focus on one biome and animal, to explore how living things sense and respond to their environment. They designed a diorama that highlighted the animal’s adaptations and shared their research.
“By providing them with the hands on experience, I noticed that students were able to deeply inquire and engage with their learning. It provided them the unique opportunity to interact with artifacts from our local environment that they are familiar with, but had never been close to. This was a team process to get together including working with our librarian, co teachers and the ELL teacher.” Kelsey Woodley
“When we did biome in a box I learned that making stuff like that was really fun, even though I did that as an assignment maybe I will do that again just for fun.” -Nevaeh
“It was important to learn about the Beaty Box specimens so we could learn more about what lives in our environment as well as us. Also so we could learn that animals need other animals and plants to survive in the wild.”-Annabelle
“We got to share our learning to the other class. I also really enjoyed looking at the other class’s biomes.”-Saghar