Module 1 introduces students to the study of ecology in an urban setting, to think about the components of the urban ecosystem and how urban systems continually change. Cities are complex systems that can be healthy or unhealthy. This module helps students start to think about the factors they can observe in order to determine the status of their city. The fieldwork opportunities in this module are used to set the stage for designing research to be implemented in the remaining modules. To connect to geography, students can use their map reading and making skills to communicate specific features of their field sites.

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Reference Materials

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Assessment Bank

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Teacher Resources

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Test Bank Answers

Lesson 1: Cities as Systems

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Contingency Cards

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Field Studies Safety Contract

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Lesson Plan - Cities as Systems

Lesson 2: Ecosystem Structure

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Circle Graphic

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Lesson Plan - Ecosystem Structure

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PowerPoint - Ecosystem Structure

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Reading - What is an Ecosystem?

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Student Handout - Experiencing the Field Site

Lesson 3: Ecosystems and Change

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Aerial Photos

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Lesson Plan - Ecosystems and Change

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PowerPoint - Seasons Snapshots

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Reading - What is Urban Ecology?

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Student Handout - How Unique are Human Cities?

Lesson 4: The Place of Cities in Ecosystems

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Lesson Plan - The Place of Cities in Ecosystems

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Maps

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Student Handout - Why do we live where we do?

Lesson 5: Why and How Do I Conduct a Study Site Evaluation?

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Lesson Plan - Why and How Do I Conduct a Study Site Evaluation?

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Representation of Scientific Inquiry

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Student Handout - What is Our Field Like?

Lesson 6: Complex Urban Ecosystems

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Complex Urban Ecosystems

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Ecosystem Structure and Function_Answer Key

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Ecosystem Structure and Function Handout

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Lenses Handout

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Lesson Plan - Complex Urban Ecosystems

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PowerPoint - Ecological Systems

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Student Handout - What are the different lenses we can use to view ecosystems?

Lesson 7: Organisms and Microhabitats

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Example - Class Data Sheets

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Lab Instructions - Microhabitat Investigation

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Lesson Plan - Microhabitats and Community Relationships

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PowerPoint - What Do We Think of Our Cities?

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Sample Answers - Analysis Questions

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Student Handout - Microhabitat Investigation

Lesson 8: City Living and the Environment

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Lesson Plan - City Living and the Environment

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PowerPoint - Cities

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Student Handout - How Unique are Human Cities?

Lesson 9: Action in Urban Ecology

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Action Plan Process

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Lesson Plan

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PowerPoint - Acting on Urban Ecology

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Student Handout - Action in Urban Ecology