Redwood Ecology


General Description
- The redwood forest ecosystem is one of the most ancient on planet Earth. The diversity and interrelationships of the living and non-living in this unique environment offers an opportunity to explore our interconnectedness. In this unit students explore the ancient giants, the science concepts of ecosystems, and the options for maintaining healthy resources in healthy, working forests. An adventure via videoconference to the towering redwoods in Humboldt Redwoods State Park or Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park offers a perspective into the past and a view into the future that we hold in our hands.

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Academic Content Standard Subject Area:  Science

Grade Level: 6th (adaptable for other grades)

Primary Common Core State Standards
    6th Grade: RST.6-8.2; WHST.6-8.7, 8.8, 8.9

Primary Next Generation State Standards
    Middle School: MS-LS1-4, LS1-5, LS1-6, LS2-1, LS2-3

Time Required:
4 classroom periods of 50 minutes each
optional week-long data collection activity
1 one hour videoconference lesson
Options for extension activities are included

Through classroom lessons and participating in the videoconference, students will be able to:

  • Understand that plants are critical to the flow of energy into and through ecosystems.
  • Understand the interrelationships between living and non-living things in ecosystems.
  • Explain the unique elements in the ancient redwood ecosystem.
  • Demonstrate the connections humans have to management of forests and other natural resources.

    Unit Overview: PORTS recognizes that every class in California is unique and suggests the following delivery options for using Redwood Forest Ecology curriculum in the classroom.

    Group 6th Grade Full 1st - 5th Grades,
    6th Grade Limited
    7th - 12th Grades
    Pre assessment - Pretest
    Lesson 1 - Energy Catchers
    Lesson 2 - Web of Life
    Lesson 3 - Fallen Giant
    Videoconference Lesson
    Lesson 4 - Red's Woods
    Post assessment - Jeopardy
    Lesson 2 - Web of Life
    Lesson 3 - Fallen Giant
    Videoconference Lesson
    Lesson 3 - Fallen Giant
    Videoconference Lesson
    Lesson 4 - Red's Woods

    Academic Contributor
    Jeff Self, Retired Science Teacher
    Cathy Dickerson, HERC Program Manager, Humboldt County Office of Education