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Wildlife Biology & Natural Resource Management
Instructor: Mrs. Smith   

2012-2013 Course Information

 Class policies: Be prompt!  If you get to class and the door is locked, you will need to go around to the office and get an admit slip.  You will not be admitted without an admit slip once class has begun and the classroom door is locked.

 Course Description:  This course focuses on three key areas (land management [governmental & private], wildlife management, and recreation management), and the increasing need for integrated management of our natural resources.  Students will utilize this course to grasp the concept of wildlife biology, working with guest speakers & mentors from the Colorado Division of Wildlife. Students will also work with experts in the field of outdoor recreation including fly fishing, hunting and other recreational uses of natural resources.  Students will exit this course with a general understanding of how natural resources can be used to meet a variety of demands if managed thoughtfully and expertly. Students will demonstrate knowledge of course content through exams on classroom content and the completion of all appropriate course activities and projects, while continuing to pursue excellence in FFA Chapter operation and SAE.

 Course Goals:

A) Apply the scientific principles of an ecosystem.

B) Recognize the importance of navigation and the variety of navigational tools.

C) Recognize the components of wildlife management.

D) Identify the aspects of resource management and their importance.

E) Comprehend the role of governing agencies involved in natural resources.


Each student is expected to:

1.       Remain on task throughout each class period.

2.       Make and keep a notebook which includes all classroom work

3.        Keep AET records & weekly journal entries up to date

3.       Bring a pen and a pencil to class everyday.

4.       Remain in the designated working areas throughout the class period.

Note – 10% of the overall grade involves SAE.  Each student will be required to have a valid SAE throughout the year. Grading is established based on completion of a record book turned in every month, evaluated based upon completion.

Note – 10% of the overall grade involves FFA Participation.  FFA is a critical curriculum element in ALL Agriculture Education courses and is taught within the classroom.  In order to identify each student’s learning related to leadership education, activities are planned outside seat-time.  These activities are graded; students will be evaluated on worth ethic, promptness, courteousness, communication skills, team working skills etc. 

Assignments, Quizzes, and Tests:        

1.       If an assignment is given, there will always be a definite due date. For every day that it is late, the respective grade will be 10% less.

2.       Students will always be given the chance to make up assignments or quizzes that resulted in an undesirable grade, but to be done so on the students own time, not during class.

 3.       Exam Material will be taken directly from your in-class work. 

a.       You can use/access anything that’s been handed out in class, which has been placed in your notebook as a reference during an open-book exam;  Not all exams will be open book


Class Announcements
Class Information for 4/23-4/24 & APRIL 29
For the next 2 days, you will need to go to the following link and research the information that is posted there.  You will be expected to complete 2 graphic organizers - one for each class period.  You can choose any of the links to research and report about - but you WILL BE EXPECTED to give 2 oral reports (one for each day) on Thursday - IN CLASS. 

Use your time wisely.  The substitute teacher will have the graphic organizers.  Please write the article / information you are reporting on, at the top of your graphic organizer. 

The link you go to is here:

Information for Class 4/16-5/7
You will find all of the information you need for class posted on the website.  You will need to access this information for this Unit
Review for the Water Exam!
 A review worksheet will be made available to students on Monday, November 12th.  This worksheet will be graded and will help students prepare for the Exam on Water, Water Quality, the Water Cycle and Watersheds.  

The worksheet has been posted in Class Files: Unit 2: Water. 
Student Presentations on Watersheds (11/5-11/9)
This week students completed work on their PowerPoint presentations that described their Watershed Investigative Laboratory Project.  These presentations were started last week in class.  Students began presenting their presentations to the class on Thursday, November 8th. 

Student presentations will start again on Tuesday, November 13th and will conclude on Thursday, November 14th.

A grading rubric for the presentations will be available in Class Files:  Unit 1: Ecosystems.
Building & Observing Watersheds! (October 22-November 1)
Throughout class this week, students will be paired into teams; each team will be given a tub full of supplies (aluminum roasting pan, floral oasis, scissors, tissue paper, pipecleaners, modeling clay, playdough, gravel, fine sand, coarse sand, hot chocolate mix, orange jello, green jello, aluminum foil, adhesive glue and a spray bottle filled with water). 

The teams will then use these supplies to create a watershed - complete with mountains, hills, valleys, depressions, reservoirs, vegetation, structures, and animals.  After the watershed is built, teams will spray the model with water to simulate precipitation.  While they spray the model, they will observe how the water flows, the rate of the flow, where it flows etc. 

After observing the flow of water in a watershed, they will then pollute the water shed and observe how the pollutants move from one location to another.  Students will then be charged with figuring out how to block / keep the pollutants out of the water supply using the materials provided.  AFter they have blocked / slowed the filtration of pollutants into the watershed, they will spray their watershed with water again to determine if their blockages, dams, barriers etc. were effective. 

Throughout this lab exercise, students will be photographing and videoing their projects.  From October 30-November 1st, they will be asked to create a PowerPoint demonstration where they explain their particular watershed, how the water moved / flowed through their watershed, what happened when the water was polluted, and the strategies they used to stop or decrease the pollution. 

A generalized set of instructions for this laboratory experience can be found on the class website in the "Water" Folder. The PowerPoint Lab Write Up / Assignment is also located in the "Water" Folder. 

PowerPoint Presentations will be given by the students starting Monday, November 5th
Water, Water and More Water (10/15-10/19)
This week we will continue learning about water.  Students will watch a series of videos in class.  These videos are included on a CD-ROM called, "A River's Journey, Water in the West - Colorado Edition."  As the students watch the videos, they will be asked to complete an in-class worksheet that goes along with the videos.  These worksheets are uploaded onto the class website in the "Water" Folder.
The Water Cycle
This week, we will begin working on the Water Cycle, as well as a unit on Water History, Water Quality, and Wildlife Water Requirements.  All student reading material and worksheets for this unit will be found on the Class Website, under Class Files - "Unit 2, Water." 
Exam: Ecosystems
From October 1st through 2nd, students in this class will be taking an exam.  This exam covers all material covered in class to date, and includes a variety of information and knowledge related to Ecosystems, Ecology and Ecological Pyramids.

Exams will be reviewed, and correct answers provided to each student on Wednesday, October 3rd. 

Students will do their end-of-the-week work on the Agriculture Experience Tracker on Thursday, October 4th this week in order to compensate for Friday's Homecoming Activities.  Students will need to be prepared to enter information into the AET - particularly any new / updated SAE information.
Completing Work on Ecosystems (9/24-9/28)
Students have had the majority of this week to complete work on Ecosystems.  By the end of the day, Friday, September 24th, students will have turned in the following work:

1.  Worksheet on Food Chains & Food Webs
2.  Completed a short write-up describing their Computer Simulations on Population Control
3.  Worksheet on Ecosystems and ecosystems definitions
4.  Worksheet on Trophic Levels, including definitions
5.  Modeled a food chain, an an ecological pyramid using Play Dough
6.  Worksheet on Ecological Pyramids (using a deer-lion habitat example)
7.  Wrote a Descriptive Essay on all that has been learned about Ecosystems

Students should be prepared to demonstrate their knowledge of these things on Monday, October 1st, by taking an open-note assessment.  Corrections to all worksheets would be a good use of a student's time.
Review of Ecosystems (9/25-9/28)
For the remainder of the week in Wildlife Biology we will be reviewing student work on Ecosystems, as well as completing a review of Ecosytems.  Following these reviews, students will be taking a Unit test on Ecosystems on Thursday, September 27th.
Descriptive Essay on Ecosystems Deadline Extended to 9/25
The deadline for the Ecosystems Essay has been extended to Tuesday, September 25th.  On this date, students should submit a final descriptive essay on Ecosystems.  This assignment was outlined in class on Wednesday, September19th - please look at the class announcement on that date for specific assignment details.  The decriptive essay assignment on Ecosystems is also posted on this website under Class Files, Unit 1. 
Complete Trophic Levels Worksheet 9/18 - 9/20
Students will use today to complete the worksheet on Trophic Levels (that they started on Monday (9/17). 

Students will also complete a worksheet on Ecological Pyramids.  TK demonstrated how to complete this assignment on Tuesday, September 18th in Class.  Students will need to get a copy of this worksheet from the Substitute Teacher. This worksheet is also located under "Class Files, Unit 1 - Ecosystems, labeled as Ecological Pyramids Worksheet.

In addition, students will write a Descriptive Essay on Ecosystems.  Specific details regarding this essay are included in an informational packet.  Please get this packet from the Substitute.  It is also located under "Class Files," Unit 1 - Ecosystems, labeled as "How to Write a Descriptive Essay on Ecology."  This essay will include the following:
  1. Definition of Trophic Level
  2. Description of 4 separate Trophic Levels
  3. The Role of organisms in each of the 4 trophic levels
  4. Examples of primary producers
  5. Examples of primary, secondary and tertiary consumers
  6. Definition of biomass
  7. Definition of ecological pyramid
  8. Discussion of the things shown in Biomass, Productivity & Number Ecological Pyramids
  9. Definition of ecological efficiency
  10. How their 3-D Projects helped them master / understand these basic principles of ecology
Essays should include an Introduction, Body and Conclusion. Student essays will be due at the END OF CLASS Thursday, September 20.
Trophic Levels 9/17
Studens in class today will be learning about Trophic Levels as they relate to Ecosystems.  Students will participate in an 'In-class,' reading assignment and in-class discussion on Trophic Levels.  Throughout the class period, students will be completing a worksheet that corresponds with the class reading and discussion. For students that miss class, the reading assignment and worksheet are posted in the Unit 1 Folder.  They are labeled "Trophic Levels."
Food Chains & Food Webs (9/13)
Today in class, students expanded their knowledge of Ecology by learning about Food Chains and Food Webs.  To accomplish this learning objective, students participated in an all-class lecture utilizing the SMART Board, where the entire class participated in reading information on "Food Chains & Food Webs."

After the all-class lecture, students worked independently to complete a worksheet on Food Chains and Food Webs.  This worksheet included on-line links to internet based examples and simulations to further their knowledge. 

Both the reading assignment and the worksheet can be found in the Unit 1 Folder.  They are labeled "Food Chains & Food Webs Reading & Student Worksheet" respectfully.
Ecology in Practice continued (9/11/12)
Students completed each of their clsas tasks today.  Students turned in a summary of the "Balancing Ecosystems" assignment, and then completed the assignment sheet on Ecosystems. 
Ecology in Practice 9/10
Today in class, complete the "Class Tasks" shown below.  Accomplish each class task today during the class period.
Ecology 9/5-9/7
This week in class we studied the foundational principles of Ecology and Ecosystems.  We also worked through a computer simulation on balancing an ecosystem.  All class notes and reading materials are posted in the "Unit 1 Folder" located in class files.  In addition, all internet links accessed in class are posted in the "Links" section of our home page
Discussion Topics
Blog Entry Back to School Posted: Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 9:26 PM Discuss
Class Tasks
Access the following website: Complete the experiment. Record your results; be prepared to share with the Class on Tuesday, 9/11.
Complete an essay on the Basic Principles of Ecology. Requirements can be found in Class Files, Unit 1.
Complete the Worksheet for the "Ecosystems Flex Book" located inside the Unit 1 Folder
Create your PowerPoint Presentation / Lab Write Up on the Model Watershed Project. The instructions are located on this website in the "Water" Folder in Unit 2.
Go to this website: complete the quiz
Class Web Pages
Class Quizzes
There are currently no quizzes.
Class Files
 Being your Best at College and at Life
Lecture Presentation on "Being Your Best at College and at Life"
 Bell Work Activities on Leadership
Lessons and Activities Directly Related to Developing Leadership Qualities
 Envirothon Information for Class 4/16-5/7
Inside this folder you will find the resources you need to be successful with this Unit on Rangeland and Pasture Management and Multi-purpose land use
 Motivational Leadership
Selected writings, essays, collective thoughts etc. on Leadership
 Unit 1 Ecosystems
Information on Ecosystems
 Unit 2 - Water
This Unit will focus on the following: The Water Cycle, Water Quality, Colorado Water History, and Wildlife Water Requirements.
 National Quality Program Standards.pdf
Listing of National Quality Program Standards for Agriculture Education
Wildlife Biology & Natural Resource Management
Class Homework
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Class Contacts
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