Level 2 (Grade 3 - Grade 5)

In Level 2, upper elementary students develop an understanding and appreciation of the environment and their place within it.


Lesson 1: Inventory Your Environment

Students take an inventory of plants, animals, physical features and climate.


Lesson 2: Create a Habitat

Students pick an animal and create a habitat for it, considering its four basic needs. 

Reproducible: FYI! What's A Habitat?

Lesson 3: Spinning the Food Web

Students create a food web demonstrating the interdependence of species.


Lesson 4: Plant > Prey > Predator

Students use the principles of the food web activity to understand how ecosystems relate to Earth's greater environment. 


Lesson 5: Create a Terrarium

Students create a small ecosystem using a terrarium.


Lesson 6: Model a Wetland

Students build a wetland model and observe firsthand two benefits of wetlands: flood control and water purification.

Lesson 7: Vacant Lot Ecosystem

Students visit a vacant lot to observe plants and wildlife.

Reproducible: FYI! The HIPPO Dilemma 


Lesson 8: Tracing Source and Destination 

Students research where the water they use comes from and goes.

Reproducible: FYI! Water Is Essential! 


Lesson 9: Products Growing on Trees

Students discover how trees are used as a resource.


Lesson 10: Just Plain Dirt?

Students identify different types of soil.

Reproducible: FYI! Soil


Lesson 11: Slip-Sliding Away

Students investigate rate of soil loss under different conditions.


Lesson 12: Solar Cooking

Students harness solar energy to cook food.

Reproducible: FYI! What Is Energy?


Lesson 13: How Much Water Do We Use?

Students discover how much water they use in a day and explore ways to conserve. 

 Reproducible:  How Much Water Do We Use?


Lesson 14: How Much Energy Do We Use?

Students discover how much energy they use in a day and how much is wasted.

Reproducible: How Much Energy Do We Use? 


Lesson 15: Biodiversity in a Lunchbox

Students connect food with its source and its niche in the ecosystem.

Reproducible: Food Journal


Lesson 16: Community Report Card

Students create a biodiversity report card, then recommend improvements.


Lesson 17: Ecology Poster Design and Contest

Students create a poster with an important environmental message.


Lesson 18: More Activities

Students create a class environmental belief statement and are encouraged to make a unique environmental impact on their community.

Reproducible: FYI! Pollution