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The goal of taking a field trip into the sagebrush ecosystem is to observe and apply the scientific concepts and skills that have been learned throughout the unit thus far. Students will be given the opportunity to practice steps of the science circle through making observations as they explore the landscape, asking questions of what they are observing, and practice making hypotheses using evidence to back up their claims. Students will have the opportunity to practice some of the scientific skills they have learned such as taking soil cores and ribbon tests and they will apply concepts such as the landscape equation through the creation of a landscape quilt. Students will also learn new skills such as plant and bird identification as they travel the land of the sagebrush.
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Fisher, Paige L.; Houseal, Ana K.; Tuthill, Dorothy; and Shim, Jenna, "Field Trip to the Sagebrush Ecosystem" (2016). 5th Grade Ecology Unit: A Sagebrush Expedition. 3.