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Pollinators – Students will (1) describe the process of pollination (2) identify the role wildlife (particularly bees) play in pollination; and (3) describe how physical adaptations of plants and wildlife support pollination.
Adaptations! Students play a matching game to identify Arizona animals and plants. Students will learn about water conservation strategies by analyzing clues that describe various species adaptations for the arid climate.
Desert Survival – Students will learn basic survival skills such as; (1) constructing a shelter, (2) basic first aid; and (3) signaling. This lesson incorporates team building activities and critical thinking.
Mammals! - This lesson provides students with the tools necessary to identify mammals by understanding their traits. This lessons uses mammal skulls and hides. By exploring animal adaptations, students will recognize how to identify wildlife from their bones.
Arizona Reptiles – Students will (1) describe at least two adaptations that enable reptiles to survive as temperatures change (throughout the day, season, or year); (2) conduct a field investigation to compare temperatures in at least three locations at the Oasis; and (3) predict with location a reptile may prefer to maintain an optimum body temperature.
Nature Walk – This is our signature lesson! Walk with a naturalist and explore the signs of life at the Oasis. This is an opportunity for students to learn how to look for wildlife, even when they are hiding. Tracks, scat and owl pellets are just a few of the fun finds on this walk. This lesson can be modified for all grade levels.
Water Quality – Students collect, analyze and interpret water quality data to model the process of water quality monitoring. (This lesson is designed for 4th Grade and above.)
Aquatic Insects - This lesson will have students looking for and identifying aquatic insects and animals that live in the Oasis ponds. Students will learn about the water quality based on the type of insects collected. This lesson is most effective in the warmer months.
The Incredible Journey (Water Cycle) – With the roll of the die, students simulate the movement of water within the water cycle. Role-playing a water molecule helps students to conceptualize the water cycle as more than a predictable two-dimensional path. During this lesson, students will make a water cycle bracelet to portray their journey. This is a Project WET activity.
Owl Pellet Dissection – Students will (1) analyze owl pellets and reconstruct skeletons of prey animas; (2) construct a simple food chain; and (3) identify trophic levels associated with the organisms in the food chain.
Geology – Through observation, comparison and evaluation, student will identify and explain 3 different types of rocks and how they are formed. (Depending on class size, geodes may be available for students)
Mineral Testing - By using a simple scratch test, students will determine the relative hardness of an unknown mineral based on their properties!
Habitat Investigation- Students will explore the Oasis and conduct a habitat evaluation and field investigation!
Ants on a Twig – Students will (1) identify similarities and difference between the basic needs of ants and humans, and (2) investigate ant behaviors and their purpose in survival. This is a Project WILD lesson.
Predator & Prey: Students will (1) describe adaptations related to predator and prey relationships; (2) explain the importance of adaptations in predator and prey relationships; and (3) describe how predator and prey relations limit wildlife populations. This is a Project WILD lesson.
Bat Blitz– Students will be able to (1) explain the role of little brown bats in an ecosystem; (2) interpret data from simulations in order to formulate hypotheses and predict future outcomes; and (3) predict impacts to an ecosystem if bats were no longer present. This is a Project WILD lesson.