Our Engaging Activities Teach Children about Southwest Ecology
Wild Southwest is a nonprofit organization with a mission to educate children on the ecology of the American Southwest. Our focus is on native animals and plants and how they interact with elements of their Southwest environment. Our Indoor Field Trip Kits are based on academic science standards, giving students an appreciation of the unique ecosystems of the American Southwest region as well as the plants and animals that call it home.
Where Do I Come From?
Grades 2 & 3Animal, Vegetable, or Mineral? Students work with various natural items, classifying them into groups based on observable characteristics.
Natural or Manmade? Students work with a series of natural and manmade items, classifying them into groups based on observable characteristics.
What Comes from Nature? Students work with a variety of manmade items, classifying them into groups of origin based on observable characteristics.
Standard: AZED 2.P1U1.1 Physical Science: Plan and carry out an investigation to determine that matter has mass, takes up space, and is recognized by its observable properties; use the collected evidence to develop and support an explanation.
Standard: NGSS 2.PS1-1 Structure and Properties of Matter: Plan and conduct an investigation to describe and classify different kinds of materials by their observable properties.
Grades 2 & 3What Do I Need? Students learn that plants need sunlight and water to grow and what can happen if those things change.
Animal Friends Students learn about animals that help plants with pollination and seed dispersal.
What Comes from Plants? Students work with a variety of manipulatives, matching plant products with their parent plants.
Standard: NGSS 2-LS2-1 Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems: Develop a simple model that mimics the function of an animal in dispersing seeds or pollinating plants.