Ecosystem Plan - Sources and Standards

Sources
The idea for this project was adapted from the “Ecosystem Facelift” activity in Project WILD K-12 Curriculum and Activity Guide.

You will need to help give the students a head start by identifying some of the native plants and animals local to your area and the site they are designing their ecosystem for. I used the following resources:
Erica Campos put together a wonderful Creek Care Guide with the names of many local native plants found in riparian corridors.
The Piedmont Avenue Neighborhood Improvement League recently restored an area of the creek we were working on just a mile upstream of our adopted site. They created this listing of native plants that were selected for their project.
Another local creek organization, Friends of Sausal Creek, created this wonderful group of fact sheets about the plant and animal life near their creek. Of particular interest are the Tables of Biological Resources of the Upper Sausal Creek Watershed which lists many of the animals that can be found in and around their creek and the Gardener’s Guide to the Sausal Creek Watershed by Martha E. Lowe which contains detailed information about the many native plants that grow in our area.

In order to find lists of natives in your local area, try contacting nearby environmental organizations, creek groups, neighborhood groups, and local parks. The staff and volunteers at all these organizations are likely to be excited about your work and most will be enthusiastic about helping you gather information.

Standards
Grade 6
Ecology (Life Sciences)
5. Organisms in ecosystems exchange energy and nutrients among themselves and with the environment.

Grade 6
Resources
6. b. Students know different natural energy and material resources, including air, soil, rocks, minerals, petroleum, fresh water, wildlife, and forests, and know how to classify them as renewable or nonrenewable.

Grade 6
Investigation and Experimentation
7. f. Read a topographic map and a geologic map for evidence provided on the maps and construct and interpret a simple scale map.

Grade 7
Investigation and Experimentation
7. d. Construct scale models, maps, and appropriately labeled diagrams to communicate scientific knowledge (e.g., motion of Earth’s plates and cell structure).