Grades 5, 6, 7, 8
Ecosystems and Habitats - Students explore the biomes, ecosystems, and habitats of their local areas in New York State. The concepts of community and populations are emphasized through the exploration of energy flow, food chains/food webs, ecosystem cycles, photosynthesis, and decomposition. Students develop a sense of stewardship and understanding of the human impact on the environment. Suggested length: 5 weeks.
Renewable Energy - Students study different forms of energy and experiment with transforming one type of energy into another. Special emphasis is placed on how electrical energy can be generated by renewable sources. Suggested length: 5 weeks.
Water Resources - This unit is currently under development. It will align to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).