Interface 2021

The Missouri River Bird Observatory is excited to present the teachers, administrators and educators of the 20201 Interface Conference with these three lessons developed as a unit to teach your students how biologists use math and science to observe birds and build better habitats for them. These lessons will help your students develop their math and science skills while also learning about new career paths.

Grades 3-6

Topic – Henslow’s Sparrow species overview

Theme – Henslow’s Sparrows are mysterious, interesting and important grassland birds.

Student Outcomes:

  • Understand the importance of habitat for species survival
  • Know the Henslow’s Sparrow’s basic life history
  • Be able to list the habitat components that the Henslow’s Sparrow needs to survive

Overview of Components:

  1. Video: The Henslow’s Sparrow
  2. Activity: Draw a Henslow’s Sparrow
  3. Video: All About the Henslow’s Sparrow
  4. Concluding Questions and Assessment

Missouri Science Standards:

3.LS3.C.1 – Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular ecosystem some organisms, based on structural adaptations or behaviors – can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot. [Clarification: Examples of evidence could include needs and characteristics of the organisms and their habitat make up a system in which the parts depend on each other.]

Missouri Math Standards:

4.GM.C – Solve problems involving measurement and conversion of measurements from a larger unit to a smaller unit.

5.GM.D – Solve problems involving measurement and conversions within a measurement system.

Topic – Habitat Quality

Theme – All species, including the Henslow’s Sparrow, need to have their habitat requirements met to be able to thrive in their environment and for the environment to thrive.

Student Outcomes:

  • Understand the connection between habitat and wildlife
  • Know what it means to have a quality habitat
  • Be able to interpret and analyze data demonstrating the quality of a habitat for a particular species

Overview of Components:

  1. Video: Home Sweet Habitat
  2. Activity: Now That’s A Quality Habitat!
  3. Video: Food Webs
  4. Concluding Questions and Assessment

Missouri Science Standards:

3.LS3.C.1 – Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular ecosystem some organisms, based on structural adaptations or behaviors – can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot. [Clarification: Examples of evidence could include needs and characteristics of the organisms and their habitat make up a system in which the parts depend on each other.]

5-LS2-1. Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment.

6.LS2.A.1 – Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on individual organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem. [Clarification: Emphasis is on cause and effect relationships between resources and growth of individual organisms and the numbers of organisms in ecosystems during periods of abundant and scarce resources.]

6.LS2.C.1 – Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that explains how changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.

Missouri Math Standards:

3.GM.C – Understand concepts of area.

3.GM.D – Understand concepts of perimeter.

Topic – Habitat Management Techniques and Careers

Theme – Scientists, Land Managers, Individuals and Communities can use science ideas and math to conserve birds and their habitats.

Student Outcomes:

  • Understand the complexities of habitat management and how it involves many groups of people
  • Know two techniques that conservationists use to improve habitat
  • Be able to make their own plan for how to help the Henslow’s Sparrow

Overview of Components:

  1. Video: Exploring the Big Muddy – A Virtual Field Trip
  2. Activity: Let’s Improve the Habitat
  3. Video: What is Conservation?
  4. Concluding Questions and Assessment

Missouri Science Standards:

3.LS3.D.1 – Make a claim about the merit of a solution to a problem caused when the environment changes and the types of plants and animals that live there may change.

5.ESS3.C.1 – Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environment.

3-5.ETS1.A.1 – Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.

6.ETS1.A.1 – Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.

Missouri Math Standards:

3.NF.A – Develop understanding of fractions as numbers.

5.NF.A – Understand the relationship between fractions and decimals (denominators that are factors of 100).

4.NF.C – Understand decimal notation for fractions, and compare decimal fractions. (Denominators of 10 or 100).