Urban Ecology Unit

In the Urban Ecology Unit, students will:

  • Develop ecosystem literacy at the local scale by making a land use decision regarding the addition of an athletic field to their school grounds.
  • Investigate how land use impacts hydrology, nitrogen flux, biotic factors, social factors, and ecosystem services.
  • Build a case for their chosen land use proposal through evidence-based arguments that address all variables.

How to Buy

The curriculum is available in electronic and/or print-on-demand form from Activate Learning. Purchase also includes access to the Teacher Guide, an electronic version of student materials and extensive online resources. You can find it on the publisher’s website.

Sprawl Unit

In the Sprawl Unit, students will:

  • Consider a proposal proposed to convert farmland into a suburban housing development,
  • Explore the impact of habitat fragmentation on biodiversity.
  • Map landscape elements.
  • Investigate biodiversity, social factors, carbon flux, economics, and green design.
  • Debate land use alternatives and build a case to support their chosen plan for the farmland.

See the sample lesson here

Amazonia Unit

In the Amazonia Unit, students will:

  • Explore connections between human practices contributing to deforestation in Amazonia and the ways those practices impact local, regional, and global climate.
  • Understand the rainforest’s role in regulating global climate.
  • Analyze patterns of deforestation alongside agricultural and ranching practices in the region.
  • Prepare a land use plan designed to optimize biodiversity, economic benefits, and sustainability in a small region of Amazonia.

Arctic Unit

In the Arctic Unit, students will:

  • Explore how local and global warming patterns impact the Arctic biosystem.
  • Investigate changes in the biosystem caused by heat energy flux, population dynamics, conservation biology, adaptation, and natural selection.
  • Analyze current data regarding climate change and effects on the Arctic region.
  • Use data to forecast outcomes for selected Arctic species facing climate change.
  • Develop conservation strategies for Artic species affected by climate change.

See the sample lesson here