Living Organisms & the Ecosystem 

Grades K-2

As an introductory look at interdependent relationships in the ecosystem, this program focuses on animals, plants & their environment. Learn about diets, food chains, habitat, adaptations, ecosystems and environmental changes through discussion and activities. “Rocky” the Rock helps us to understand the concept of living organisms vs. nonliving components of an ecosystem. This program also provides students a chance to compare and classify organisms by their external features and discuss how these adaptations help the organisms survive. Models and live specimens are incorporated throughout the program. Includes exploratory walk and outdoor activity, weather permitting.

Program Details

Program length: 90 minutes

Minimum: 10 Maximum: 50

Program length: 120 minutes
Minimum: 51 Maximum: 100

Chaperones required: 1 chaperone per 15 students
Cost: $4.50 per person

Next Generation Science Standards

ESS2.E Bio-Geology (K-ESS2-2)
ESS3.A Natural Resources (K-ESS3-1)
ESS3.C Human Impacts on Earth’s Systems (K-ESS3-3)
LS1.A Structure and Function (1-LS1-1)
LS1.C Organization for Matter and Energy Flow in Organisms (K-LS1-1)
LS2.A Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems (2-LS2-1)
LS4.D Biodiversity and Humans (2-LS4-1)
ETS1.B Developing Possible Solutions K-2

Maryland Environmental Literacy Curriculum

Standard 3: Topic A, Indicator 1; Topic C, Indicator 1
Standard 4: Topic A, Indicator 1; Topic C, Indicator 1; Topic D, Indicator 1; Topic E, Indicator 1
Standard 5: Topic A, Indicator 2