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4-H Earth Connections Curriculum - Leaders Guide

Earth Connections Leader’s Guide
Connections to Our Earth: Exploring Maine’s Natural Resources

  1. Introduction
  2. Chapter 1: I Can Teach in the Outdoors
    1. The Leaders Role
      • You Don’t Have to Know It All
      • Develop a Sense of Wonder
      • Speak with More Than Just a Word
    2. Getting Started
      • Goals and Objectives
      • Field Trip Preparation Checklist
      • Setting Ground Rules
    3. Let’s Go
      • Discipline
      • Equipment and Materials
      • Teach with Questions
      • Introducing New Words
      • Introducing New Concepts
      • Analogies
      • Stories
      • Gimmicks
      • Quizzing
      • Using Dramatics
      • Using Props
      • Teachable Moments
    4. Final Comments
  3. Chapter 2:  Ecological Background РSetting a Foundation
    1. The Ecology of Ecosystems
      • Soil
      • Air
      • Water
      • Producers
      • Consumers
      • Decomposers
    2. Communities
    3. Summary
  4. Chapter 3: ¬†Commoner’s Laws of Ecology
    1. Law 1
      • Everything is Connected to Everything Else
      • Food Chains and Food Webs
      • Competition
      • Predator-Prey Relationships
    2. Law 2
      • Everything Has to Go Somewhere
      • Life Support Cycles
        • Water Cycle
        • Nutrient Cycle
      • Energy Flow
    3. Law 3
      • Everything is Always Changing
      • Ecological Succession
      • Adaptation and Natural Selection
        • Physical or Structural Change
        • Behavioral Change
        • Metabolic Change
    4. Law 4
      • There is No Such Thing as a Free Lunch
    5. Law 5
      • Everything Has Limits
    6. Summary
  5. 4-H Earth Connection Activities
    1. Activity Cards
    2. Soil, Air & Water Exercises
  6. Glossary
  7. Acknowledgements


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