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Curriculum Title: Streamside Community, The
Publication date: 1992
'The Streamside Community' is one of the few curriculum evaluated focusing on the identification and study of a riparian zone. During the course of this interdisciplinary curriculum, students observe, investigate, and inventory the plants and animals in a riparian ecosystem; learn about seed dispersal adaptations; and initiate a long-term amphibian population study and restoration project. (It is suggested that the teacher seeks assistance from a natural resource professional or botanist for plant identification.) The curriculum identifies and explores ecological concepts such as species, niche, indicator species, food webs, communities, and ecosystems. Throughout the curriculum, the concepts of interactions and interdependence within a community are emphasized. This evaluation includes the teacher's guide only; additional materials and resources are available through purchase of the classroom kit.
This curriculum is appropriate for the following grade levels:Kindergarten