Module 1: Introduction to Urban Ecology

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.

General Module Resources:

Click on the links below to download resources that can be used across the module based on your individualized plan for implementation:

  • Teacher Resources – background information that can be used with student or for your own knowledge.
  • Assessment questions and answer key – a short selection of selected response and open answer questions organized by lesson.
  • Student homework – a selection of articles and online activities that can be given to students to deepen their knowledge during or following each lesson.

Click on the links below for more information and to download each lesson

[Click here] to download the full module

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