While there's a lot about New England woods that we can see - chipmunks, stone walls, pine needles - there is much more that we seldom see. On each fallen twig, under every log, and in each pile of leaves, there are animals and other living things. By exploring this important habitat, we will discover the decomposers that are constantly working out of sight. We'll also take a close-up look at soil and the invertebrates that live in or on the forest floor.
3-LS4-2 - Biological Evolution--Unity and Diversity - individual variation relates to survival
3-LS4-3 - Biological Evolution--Unity and Diversity - env. constraints on organisms survival
4-ESS1-1 - Earth's Place in the Universe - erosion and deposition shapes landscape
5-LS2-1 - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - movement of matter through food web
5-LS2-2 (MA) - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - composter designs