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I Am a Public Space Guardian!

Two 50-minute sessions

In this lesson, students learn that many public spaces are ecosystems with living and nonliving things, and that each part of the ecosystem—whether alive or not—plays an important role in the ecosystem. In the first session, students create a life-sized web to identify interactions among the living and nonliving things within a public space. They experiment to see what happens when one element is removed from the web, and they discuss how human and natural changes to the environment can cause disasters. In the second session, students choose a public space in their community and assume the role of "public space guardian" of that place. In this capacity, they take a close look at the space, detailing the living and nonliving things within it. Then they identify rules that will help in caring for the living and nonliving things within "their" public space.

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