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Mesozoic Station

BioTrek Curriculum for Mesozoic Garden

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The RainBird Mesozoic Garden Learning Center

The RainBird Mesozoic Garden Learning Center at BioTrek features representatives of ancient flora.  This stop emphasizes the link between the geologic past and pressing energy conservation issues today. This is our newest addition to the BioTrek experience and teaching resources are still under development.

  • K-12 curriculum still pending… No guides available as of 2/24/15.

Standards that may be covered include:

Grade

Subject

No.

Standard

Kindergarten

Earth Sciences

3c

Students know how to identify resources from Earth that are used in everyday life and understand that many resources can be conserved.

Grade 2

Earth Sciences

3d

Students know that fossils provide evidence about the plants and animals that lived long ago and that scientists learn about the past history of Earth by studying fossils.

Grade 2

Earth Sciences

3e

Students know rock, water, plants, and soil provide many resources, including food, fuel, and building materials, that humans use.

Grade 3

Physical Sciences

1a

Students know energy comes from the Sun to Earth in the form of light.

Grade 6

Resources

6b

Students know different natural energy and material resources, including air, soil, rocks, minerals, petroleum, fresh water, wildlife, and forests, and know how to classify them as renewable or nonrenewable.

Grade 7

Earth Sciences

4a

Students know Earth processes today are similar to those that occurred in the past and slow geologic processes have large cumulative effects over long periods of time.

Grade 7

Earth Sciences

4g

Students know how to explain significant developments and extinctions of plant and animal life on the geologic time scale.

Grade 7

Evolution

3e

Students know that extinction of a species occurs when the environment changes and the adaptive characteristics of a species are insufficient for its survival.

Grade 8

Earth Sciences

4c

Students know that the rock cycle includes the formation of new sediment and rocks and that rocks are often found in layers, with the oldest generally on the bottom.

Grade 9

Earth Sciences

4d

Students know that evidence from geologic layers and radioactive dating indicates Earth is approximately 4.6 billion years old and that life on this planet has existed for more than 3 billion years.

Grades 9-12

Biology/Life Sciences

1f

Students know usable energy is captured from sunlight by chloroplasts and is stored through the synthesis of sugar from carbon dioxide.

Grades 9-12

Earth Sciences

1c

Students know the evidence from geological studies of Earth and other planets suggest that the early Earth was very different from Earth today.

Grades 9-12

Evolution

8e

Students know how to analyze fossil evidence with regard to biological diversity, episodic speciation, and mass extinction.

Grades 9-13

Earth Sciences/ Energy in Earth System

4a

Students know the relative amount of incoming solar energy compared with Earth’s internal energy and the energy used by society.

Biotrek is an education-based project that reaches out to K-12 and college students, and other community members, emphasizing the need to share knowledge, values and behaviors that support biological sustainability on a finite Earth.