5th Grade Science, Mrs. Mickelson

5th Grade Science, Mrs. Mickelson

Mrs. Mickelson’s, 5th grade classes put classroom work into a field experience by visiting Dogwood Canyon Nature Park on Sept. 26, 2019. This trip was partially funded by the Missouri Department of Conservation and their Nature Unleashed grant program. Mrs. Mickelson spent a day this summer receiving training to acquire the $1000 grant that will buy supplies to teach the Nature Unleashed Program. The Nature Unleashed Unit helps students understand ecosystem connections through exploring Missouri’s ponds, forests, and prairies. The fully illustrated student book includes activities that get students outdoors and exploring, investigating, and asking questions about the ecosystems around their school.

After this unit, students will understand concepts like the difference between consumers and producers, the food chain, and the specializations that help animals survive in different ecosystems.

The 
Nature Unleashed unit introduces students to specific laboratory and data procedures with fun activities in their scientific notebooks. These activities guide students toward designing a field experience where they gather, record, and organize data. This field experience of visiting Dogwood Canyon allowed students demonstrate their scientific skills that they will learn throughout this unit.

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