Science of Habitat Protection and Restoration
General Description 6th -8th Grade: RST-6-8.1, RST-6-8.2, RST-6-8.3, RST-6-8.4, SL-6-8.1, SL-6-8.2, SL-6-8.6 6th Grade: MS-ESS3-3 7th Grade: MS-LS2-1, MS-LS2-2 8th Grade: MS-ESS3-4
Humans continue to explore our world, and sometimes we inadvertently cause damage to ecosystems. In this unit of study, students will learn about the important aspects of ecosystems, how invasive species and human impact can destroy them, and how California State Parks is working to reverse this damage. In the videoconferencing lesson students will explore the habitat restoration that took place at Crystal Cove State Park.
Standard Subject Area: Science
Grade Levels: 6-8
Primary Common Core State Standards
Primary Next Generation Science Standards
Lessons 1-2: 20-30 minutes
Lesson 3: 45-60 minutes
Lesson 4 Videoconference: 45-60 minutes
6th -8th Grade: RST-6-8.1, RST-6-8.2, RST-6-8.3, RST-6-8.4, SL-6-8.1, SL-6-8.2, SL-6-8.6
6th Grade: MS-ESS3-3
7th Grade: MS-LS2-1, MS-LS2-2
8th Grade: MS-ESS3-4
Through classroom lessons and participating in the videoconference, students will be able to
demonstrate and describe the effects invasive species have on ecosystems.
discuss human impacts on ecosystems and brainstorm ways to restore degraded habitats.
explore the various stages of habitat restoration that took place at Moro Canyon through the use of an interactive image on thinglink.com and compare it to other areas of habitat restoration.
California Credentialed Teacher
Graduate Student, CSUS
Alexandra Race, M.S.