We had a busy end of the school year at Wilton place by closing the lessons with a habitat unit. The students identified the garden as the habitat we have spent learning about over the previous weeks. We talked about how topics such as worms, plant life cycles, composting, bees, are all pieces that come together to form a functioning habitat.
The students then identified our greater habitat as the City of Los Angeles. One special thing about our city is that we have easy access to more specific habitats such as the ocean, forests and the desert. This segwayed our conversation towards habitats across the world. We focused on seven: oceans, temperate forests, deserts, tropical rainforest, polar regions, grasslands, and wetlands.
The students were then randomly split up into seven groups and assigned one of the mentioned habitats. They spent the next week researching through some books to form a collage they presented to the class. Like the garden, the students had to identify what systems made their habitat unique.
– Ranger Daphne