Activities

These activities are designed to introduce your students to and build upon the skills that they acquire during the LabVenture! program.

 

Pre-visit:

System Games: Students play games to better understand the interdependence of a system, as well as how a change in the system can grow exponentially.

Be a Watershed: Students simulate a watershed landscape and experience firsthand its interconnectedness, how water flows from lake to stream to river to ocean. This hands-on activity helps students understand and define the term watershed and focus on the different habitats that make up a watershed.

Get to Know Your Watershed: Students use Google Earth and US Geological Survey (USGS) topographic maps to identify their watershed boundaries. Students then identify water bodies and other geographic features, human communities, and habitat types within the boundaries of their watershed.

I Live Here Too: Students take on the role of a scientist as they research a species with which they have a close, personal relationship - themselves! Research questions prompt students to think about why they live here, what resources they need to survive, and how they share these resources with other species in their habitat.

 

Post-visit:

Finding Balance: To better understand that there are different categories of natural resources, students will model different types of resources to discover the difference between renewable and non-renewable resources.

Headline: Resources and Us: The health and availability of one natural resource often rely on the health and availability of another. Natural resources interact with, depend upon, and influence each other. Students will read articles featured in Maine’s local newspapers that highlight natural resources and their interactions with people, the environment, and the issues they face.

Oh Deer: Resource needs of plants & animals: In this active and competitive game, students experience how communities of animals and plants change over time in response to the availability of resources in their habitat. Students collect data during the game and then graph and analyze how predators, resource limitations, habitat health, invasive speceis, and competition for resources can impact species in a ecosystem.

Dive Deeper Activity Cards:  Explore how cod, lobster, herring, copepods, and humans are connected in the Gulf of Maine. These cards will help your students reinforce and build upon the knowledge and skills they learned during Complex Systems. Immerse your students in different ways of exploring complex systems!

Question Cards          Cod Cards           Herring Cards            

Copepod Cards          Lobster Cards         Human Cards       

Lobster Trap Cards            Offshore Wind Turbine Cards         

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Science Writing Prompts Through a selection of writing prompts students work on their creative writing skills while also applying some of the knowledge and skills they learned during the LabVenture! program.

2015-2016 Prompts            2014-2015 Prompts

LabVenture! in the Classroom Curriculum Units: Students take the skills and concepts learned during their LabVenture! experience and apply them in observing, asking questions, investigating, taking action, and deepening their scientific understanding and connection to their local watersheds. Schoolyards become laboratories and community members become learning partners. Students gain independence as learners, critical thinkers, and problem-solvers as they participate in relevant, issue-based Watershed Experiences.

What should Jim Ford do?: Students graph and analyze the fishing data they collected during the LabVenture! program to make a recommendation to fishing boat captain, Jim Ford.

Carbon Cycle Game: By rolling a die, students will simulate a molecule of carbon’s movement throughout various locations within the carbon cycle in both the carboniferous period and in present time. Students will be able to observe how human use of fossil fuels has altered the distribution of carbon in earth’s systems.

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