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Awesome Aquatic Adventures

By Kelly Hudson, Rob Curry, Brenda Hough
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"How can we better understand and preserve the water ecosystems in our area?"
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Overview

Grade Levels: 2, 3, 5

Curriculum Areas:
Focus: Science
Secondary: Math, History/Social Science, English/Language Arts, Reading, Geography, Technology

Topic:
Water Ecosystems

Themes:
Habitats, Life Cycles, Report Writing, Research, Systems of Living Things

Duration:
Mid- October to Late March
Summary
The Santa Clara Valley has a unique location with nearby bays, creeks and oceans. The Pacific Ocean/Monterey Bay ecosystem, the San Francisco Bay estuary and the fresh water creeks and lakes are distinctive ecosystems in our area. Students in three classes will develop a web site with all three ecosystems. Individual and group research will begin with internet sources and field trips to the ecosystems will give students a chance to develop first hand observations and experiments.

Rationale
Students need to be aware of the effect man has on the environment and then realize how their individual actions affect our world.