VISITING THE EARL BURNS MIILER JAPANESE
Lesson Ideas for Grade 4
In order to reinforce your students' learning
experiences at the Garden, we have created several lessons that
you might consider completing before your visit. By connecting the
Garden field trip to your curriculum, you can use the excitement
and interest of the students' experiences to make concepts more
relevant and provide strong support for your classroom instruction.
These activities are closely aligned with the Science Content Standards
for California Public Schools, as noted below.
All organisms need energy and matter to live and grow. As a basis
for understanding this concept:
- Students know plants are the primary source of matter and energy
entering most food chains.
- Students know producers and consumers (herbivores, carnivores,
omnivores and decomposers) are related in food chains and food webs
and may compete with each other for resources in an ecosystem.
Living organisms depend on one another and on their environment
for survival. As a basis for understanding this concept:
- Students know ecosystems can be characterized by their living
and nonliving components.
- Students know that in any particular environment, some kinds
of plants and animals survive well, some survive less well, and
some cannot survive at all.
Level 4, Unit 4: Survival
When planning your field trip, we recommend that you think carefully
about what you will do before, during and after your visit. Ask
- What can I do to prepare students for the experience before
- What will we do while we are there? What do I want students
- What can I do after the visit to reinforce student learning?
The activities described here provide ideas
for each of these parts.