Supplement for Classroom Teachers
Within an animal's habitat, it finds what it needs to survive: food, water, shelter and space. While there is some overlap, generally different animals are found in each habitat. Fitting together needs with available resources is like a puzzle (as depicted on page 3 of this issue of Conservationist for Kids). If the pieces don't fit together, the puzzle doesn't function properly. Habitats change over time. Ecological succession-the orderly and progressive replacement of one natural community by another until a relatively stable community is reached-may occur, or natural events (e.g., forest fire, beaver flooding) or human actions may affect an area. If a habitat changes, it is likely that the animals found there will change as well.
New York State features numerous and varied habitats, from marine to alpine, forest to wetland, rural to urban, and many more. Some wildlife habitats are disappearing from our landscapes, whether by natural forces or because of people. Of special concern are grasslands and young forests. Both support diverse wildlife, and both represent early stages in the process of ecological succession. If left alone, and barring natural disturbances, both will eventually progress to become mature forests and will support the wildlife found within this common habitat. Biologists and foresters work with private landowners and on public lands to manipulate habitat, often mimicking nature, to ensure that all possible habitat types are represented within New York State and support the widest possible range of animal and plant species.
This Issue's "Outside Page"
Activities on the Outside Page (page 8) of this issue of Conservationist for Kids show ways in which students can contribute to creating and observing wildlife habitats. Many of the activities are best completed outside the classroom with peers or community groups.
For teachers who have participated in a Project WILD or Project Learning Tree workshop, the activities listed below complement the spring 2012 issue of Conservationist for Kids. Get information about workshops and about how to obtain curriculum and activity guides.
- Beautiful Basics
- Classroom Carrying Capacity
- Oh Deer!
- Wildlife is Everywhere!
- What's That Habitat?
Project Learning Tree:
- Habitat Pen Pals
- The Forest of S.T. Shrew
- Web of Life
- Schoolyard Safari
- Life on the Edge
Do you have an interactive white board in your classroom?
If you use a SMART Board or similar interactive white board or projection system in your classroom, consider downloading a PDF of C4K and using it in your classroom, along with the printed copies enclosed in this mailing. See this issue and all of our back issues.