TEKS Covered: 112.34(b) 1-5, (c) 1, 2EF&H, 3A&D, 7C&E, 8, 10B&C, 11B&D, 12
Equipment used: field journals, data sheets, water quality equipment, seines, plankton nets, measuring equipment, small mammal traps, binoculars, field guides, dichotomous keys, psychrometers, anemometers, compasses, cameras (not provided), flow meters, soil test kits, thermometers, pH meters, turbidity tubes, hand lenses, shovels, trowels, sieves
Vocabulary: taxonomy, ecosystem, homeostasis, energy transfer, environment, natural selection, population, adaptation, diversity, biological systems, predation, parasitism, commensalism, mutualism, competition, food chain, food web, food pyramid, trophic levels: producers (autotrophs), primary consumers (herbivores), secondary consumers (carnivores), detrivores, decomposers
|Take a hike down a trail and analyze the interrelationships between the organisms that are found. Identify native species and invasive species.
|2||Transect||Use a transect to capture an organism. Use a dichotomous key to discover the type of species.|
|3||Pond Observation & Food Web||Collect water quality data at the pond and make observations about the organisms found in this ecosystem and how they survive together. Draw a food web depicting what was observed.|
|4||Soils||Identify the different particle sizes in soil and describe each of them. Learn about the area where you collect the soil and sketch a profile depicting what it looks like.|
|5||Fish Journal||Use different instruments to collect water quality data and to catch different organisms that live in the bayou.|
|6||Adaptations||Discover plant and animal adaptations to determine their roles in biological systems.|
Due to the size of most middle/high school trips, we usually do the grade levels over a series of days. During the field trip, a number of stations will be run by the teachers and staff. Students will visit these stations in a round robin fashion. The activities provided are sample trips for each grade level, but as always, you may customize your field trip by meeting with the educator.
For more information in planning your field trip or to customize a trip, please use our teacher workbook.