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Oaks and Wildlife

This branch focuses on oak trees and their relationship with animals living in and around them, and can be useful in developing student understanding of the oak woodland habitat.

Clarify and deepen student understanding of the important science concepts of ecosystem, environment and habitat by defining and discussing these terms beforehand. The activities in this branch can be conducted at any time, but the fall season provides opprotunities to watch wildlife collecting acorns.

California Content Standards

Grade 3 Physical Sciences:

1. Energy and matter have multiple forms and can be changed from one form to another. As a basis for understanding this concept:

a. Students know energy comes from the Sun to Earth in the form of light.

b. Students know sources of stored energy take many forms, such as food, fuel and batteries.

Grade 3 Reading

1.6 Use sentence and word context to find the meaning of unknown words.

1.7 Use a dictionary to learn the meaning and other features of unknown words.

2.0 Students read and comprehend grade-level appropriate material. They draw upon a variety of comprehension strategies as needed (e.g., generating and responding to essential questions, making predictions, comparing information from several sources).

2.5 Distinguish the main idea and supporting details in expository text.

Grade 3 Writing

Writing Applications 2.2 Write descriptions that use concrete sensory details to present and support unified impressions of people, places, things, or experiences.

Written and Oral English Language Conventions 1.0 Students write and speak with a command of Standard English conventions appropriate to this grade level.

Grade 4 Life Sciences:

2. All organisms need energy and matter to grow. As a basis for understanding this concept:

a. Students know plants are the primary source of matter and energy entering most food chains.

b. Students know producers and consumers (herbivores, carnivores, and decomposers) are related in food chains and food webs and may compete with each other for resources in an ecosystem.

c. Students know decomposers, including many fungi, insects, and microorganisms, recycle matter from dead plants and animals.

3. Living organisms depend on one another and on their environment for survival. As a basis for understanding this concept:

a. Students know ecosystems can be characterized by their living and nonliving components.

c. Students know many plants depend on animals for pollination and seed dispersal, and nimals depend on plants for food and shelter.

Grade 4 Reading

2.0 Students read and comprehend grade-level appropriate material. They draw upon a variety of comprehension strategies as needed (e.g., generating and responding to essential questions, making predictions, comparing information from several sources).

Grade 4 Writing

Writing Strategies 1.0 Students write clear, coherent sentences and paragraphs that develop a central idea.

Written and Oral English Language Conventions 1.0 Students write and speak with a command of Standard English conventions appropriate to this grade level.

Activities