Get Outside: Diversity in Golden Gate Park
© Rik Panganiban
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By the end of the program students will be able to:
- through the use of tools, make observations to learn about the diversity of bugs in Golden Gate Park.
- understand that animals and plants live in specific habitats for specific reasons.
- create an affinity for bugs through the role of Habitat Scientists.
How do bugs in Golden Gate Park choose their homes?
Academy scientists often spend their time in the field to make observations of the habitats that they study. To best understand the tools and tricks of the trade, your students will go outside and become Habitat Scientists.
As Habitat Scientists, students will collect information about the bugs in Golden Gate Park, while trying to figure out why bugs choose their homes. They will engage in hands-on activities while using real scientist tools such as aspirators, nets and beating sheets. Students will start to develop an understanding of the diversity within small habitats in Golden Gate Park.
Select Monday-Thursday in Sept, Oct, Mar, Apr, or May as your preferred visit dates to improve your chances of getting a Get Outside program for your class.
This 45-minute program for 2nd grade classes from San Francisco schools is offered twice daily in select months of the year, once at 10:00 am and again at 11:15 am.
We recommend you plan a visit with a buddy teacher from your school!
Science and Engineering Practices
- Planning and Carrying out Investigations: Make observations (firsthand or from media) to collect data which can be used to make comparisons.
- Connections to Nature: Scientific knowledge is based on empirical evidence.
Disciplinary Core Ideas
LS4.D Biodiversity and Humans: There are many different kinds of living things in any area, and they exist in different places on land and in water.
Related Performance Expectation
Remember, performance expectations are not a set of instructional or assessment tasks. This field trip activity is just one of many that could help prepare your students to perform the following hypothetical tasks that demonstrate their understanding:
2-LS4-1 Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.