Classroom Presentation Topics

2016-2017 School Year

Aquatic Education Trailer (All grade levels)

Energy in Ecosystems (Grades 3-12) This presentation emphasized biotic and abiotic factors in ecosystems and the transfer of energy through a food web. For older students, limiting factors and other population dynamics are discussed that affect the ability of ecosystems to recover from disturbances over time.

Enviroscape Models

  • One model demonstrates point/ non-point source water pollution using a watershed approach so students understand the origins of water pollution and how it can be reduced/ prevented.
  • The Waste Water Treatment Plant Model- Students learn the steps water goes through from groundwater, to drinking water, to waste water and through the treatment process prior to discharge. This hands-on demonstration also highlights issues pertaining to drinking water quality and the pollution that can be caused by poorly treated wastewater.

Fossils (Grades 4-8) Students examine real fossils to learn how organisms have changed over time to meet changes in their environment. Learn how fossils form and how the Earth’s geologic record shows us how landforms have shifted and changed over time.

Geology and the Rock Cycle (Grades 4-8) Examine the lithosphere! Students learn about the three different types of rocks and how they form, learn to classify and identify minerals using Moh’s Hardness Scale, and learn about basic geological process that shape the Earth’s surface.

The Hydrologic Cycle (Grades 3-12) Water changes forms to move through the hydrologic cycle. Students understand the movement of water of Earth from one sphere to another, how contamination can move from sphere to sphere, and how weather patterns affect water on Earth’s surface through a fun, hands-on game.

Ohio Mammals (Grades 2-12) Students learn about common Ohio mammals by examining their fur, skulls and tracks. Middle and High School students learn skull anatomy and how to use a dichotomous key to identify skulls.

Reptile and Amphibians (All Grade levels) This program is an introduction to reptiles and amphibians with live animals. The presentation is tailored specifically to each grade level. Younger students compare and contrast reptiles and amphibians characteristics, discuss the needs of living things for survival, and the adaptations these animals have which allow them to survive in the habitat where they are found. Older students learn about the importance of these animals in the food web, how reptiles and amphibians have adapted to changes in the environment over time, and how pollution and habitat destruction have affected the populations worldwide.

Soils, Erosion and Weathering (Grades 2-9) Grade specific activities that focus on the formation and composition of soils, how the Earth’s surface is shaped by erosion, weathering and deposition, how rock is weathered to form soil, soil as a non-renewable resource, and the importance of soils as an abiotic factor in ecosystems.

Stream Monitoring Program (Grades 6-12) This two day program includes a classroom introduction to stream monitoring, and a field day where students learn how to use chemical and biological parameters to determine water quality in streams. Limited funding is available for bus transportation.

Other Resources: Education/ Wildlife Specialist Nicole Hafer can customize a presentation to meet your specific needs, so if you don’t see a program offered that meets your specific needs, please contact Nicole with any questions. The District also offers several loner trunks, teachers may borrow for one week to use in their classroom. The trunks contain complete activities and materials. The trunks that are currently available include: Monarch Butterflies, Earthworms, Bats, Owls, Wild Turkey and Animal Tracks.

For any other questions you may have, please contact Nicole Hafer, Education/Wildlife Specialist at Muskingum Soil and Water Conservation District at (740)454-2027.