Extension Activities

There are many opportunities to extend and expand the activities listed in this module. Several examples are listed below.

Extension 1

Decide which types of plants or wildlife you would like to attract to your field site. Does the site provide the necessary food, water, shelter, and space? If not, what could be done to provide the necessary habitat? How can the site be changed to make it more suitable for desirable plants and animals and less suitable for “unwelcome ones”? Design a school site that provides the necessary components of habitat for the plants and wildlife students would like to attract.

Extension 2

Using a set of directions provided by another group, locate a feature in your study area using either the field sketch map, Google Earth or both.

Extension 3

Learn how to create and save a map of your schoolyard that combines a Google Earth map view with the features you drew on your schoolyard map. Go through the Google Maps tutorial at: http://www.google.com/earth/outreach/tutorials/custommaps.html.


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The MSP project is funded by an ESEA, Title II Part B Mathematics and Science Partnership Grant through the Montana Office of Public Instruction. MSP was developed by the Clark Fork Watershed Education Program and faculty from Montana Tech of The University of Montana and Montana State University, with support from other Montana University System Faculty.