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Teacher and students-Green Lake Elem 4.30.09 The Mountains to Sound Greenway Education Program teaches six curriculum for 4th through 10th grade students in King County:

Forest Ecosystems
Savvy About Soil
Forests and Fins
Forests on the Edge
Greening up the Greenway
What is a Greenway
Restoring the Balance

You can register your class by filling out the online registration form or by contacting Becca Penney, Educator.

Introduction to all curriculum units

Girl Raising Hand-Bailey Gatzert 3.26.08

Supplemental material for curriculum guides

"Students learned far more about matter cycling than I expected and gained a better understanding of how field scientists conduct experiments." 

Tricia Cecil, Science Department Co-Chair at Issaquah High School

Forest Ecosystems (Grades 4-7)

Broadens students understanding of the connections between the parts of a Pacific Northwest forest. Photosynthesis and the role of producers, consumers and decomposers is explored. Participants study natural and human caused impacts on the environment.

Forest Ecosystems Introductory Lesson (pdf)
Forest Ecosystems In-Class Lesson (pdf)
Forest Ecosystems Field Study Trip Lesson (pdf)

Savvy About Soil (Grades 5-8)

Explores the connection between soil, water and forests through hands-on experiments. Students will begin to develop an understanding of how soil textures help determine the use of the land.

Savvy About Soil Introductory Lesson (pdf)
Savvy About Soil In-Class Lesson (pdf)
Savvy About Soil Field Study Trip Lesson (pdf)
Savvy About Soil Extension Activity (pdf)

Forests and Fins (Grades 5-8)

Focuses on stream/forest ecology and the lifecycle of salmon. Students complete a mock stream survey in the classroom in preparation to do a real one on the field study trip. Participants analyze the riparian zone, look for macroinvertebrates, test water quality and evaluate the stream channel. Teams of students present their results.

Forests and Fins Introductory Lesson (pdf)
Forests and Fins In-Class Lesson (pdf)
Forests and Fins Field Study Trip Activity (pdf)
Forests and Fins Extension Activity (pdf)

Forests on the Edge (Grades 5-8)

Inspires dialogue between students. Students are encouraged to answer the question: What is the best way to use the remaining forest lands that border urban areas? Students are broken into groups and after completing a hands-on activity engage in presentations to advocate their views. Parents like this topic a lot!

Forests on the Edge Introductory Lesson (pdf)
Forests on the Edge In-Class Lesson (pdf)
Forests on the Edge Field Study Trip Activity (pdf)
Forests on the Edge Extension Activity (pdf)

Greening up the Greenway (Grades 5-10)

Is all about biosolids, the end-product of treated waste-water. This unit defines biosolids, how they are applied and studies whether it is a good idea to recycle waste. Teachers ask for this program during a unit on recycling or land use issues.

Greening up the Greenway Introductory Lesson (pdf)
Greening up the Greenway In-Class Lesson (pdf)
Greening up the Greenway Field Study Trip Activity (pdf)
Greening up the Greenway Extension Activity (pdf)

What is the Greenway? (Grades 4-10) In-Class Lesson ONLY

Teaches about the challenges in choosing land use goals for our beautiful natural lands and how to make personal and collective decisions. A dynamic 15-minute video is mailed to your school to introduce the concept of greenways, then a Greenway Educator will teach an in-class lesson to encourage students to consider all sides of this issue. It is a good introduction for most of our other curriculums.

What is a Greenway? (in-class lesson coming soon!)

Restoring the Balance (Grades 5-12) In-Class Lesson and Stewardship Experience Riverview LC -restoring the balance

Inspects the impact of invasive plants on the landscape. Students identify native and invasive plants found in Pacific Northwest forests in preparation for a stewardship extension experience. In small groups students make scientific observations of plant samples and develop an understanding of the interrelationships between plants, animals and humans. At the stewardship extension event, students will remove invasive species, plant native trees and shrubs, or work in our 20,000 plant nursery.

Restoring the Balance (in-class lesson coming soon!)

Biodiversity (Grade 9)

Biodiversity describes the individual threads that make up the web of life. In general, the greater the biodiversity in an ecosystem, the more resilient that ecosystem is to changes in environmental conditions. Through hands-on field observation and data collection, this lesson aims to engage students in an ongoing research project to evaluate and track the health of Lake Sammamish State Park based on levels of biodiversity present

Biodiversity Background Reading: Half Earth (pdf)
Biodiversity Background Reading: Wild Salmon (pdf)
Biodiversity Intro Activity (pdf)
Biodiversity Field Project (pdf)


Requests for printed copies of all curriculum units can be made to Becca Penney. The Mountains to Sound Education Program is aligned with the EALRs: Essential Academic Learning Requirements (pdf).

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