Woodland/Honors Ecology

Welcome to Woodland/Honors Ecology  with MsLevy
llevy@belchertown.org

Our textbook is Oxford Press' Sustaining Life:  How Human Health Depends on Biodiversity, edited by Eric Chivian of Harvard University's Center for Health and the Global Environment
For information  http://chge.med.harvard.edu/index.html  and go to Classroom Education

Buds, Leaves and Global Warming Schoolyard Ecology project through Harvard Forest
 http://harvardforest.fas.harvard.edu/schoolyard-lter-program


Some Tree locations around town

·        BHS around the school – Red/Norway Maple, Boxelder, Pear, Dogwood, Black/Ornamental Cherry, White/Burr/Red/Scarlet Oak, Bigtooth/Quaking Aspen, Pignut Hickory, Black Locust, Smooth Sumac, White/Yellow/River Birch, Patriot Elm
·        BHS by base/softball fields & into BEF –Red & Black & Red/Black Hybrid Oak & Bigtooth Aspen &Hickory, Yellow Birch, possibly Witchhazel
·        BHS under the Library overhang - Redbud
·        BHS pond – Willow & Hickory & sumac & hawthorne & white & yellow birch
·        Jabish Middle School – Tuliptree, also around the back of the Senior Center
·        Along the fence by the SRE playground-pavilion – Chestnut & Quaking Aspen & Black Cherry
·        SRE driveway across from DD drive-through – Freeman Maple
·        Swift River Elementary & Stop n Shop – Honey Locust
·        In front of B’town Day School – weeping something, willow or cherry? (be the first to identify and show MsLevy a sample for extra credit)
·        Across from Checkers – purple-leaf something?… ornamental cherry or maple
·        Bank on the town green – gingko, with a Catalpa right next to it
·        Firefighters Museum – Willow and Little-leaf Linden
·        In front of the Police Station – Hackberry
·        In front of the Tadgell building – Kousa Dogwood, behind are Apple trees
·        Lake Wallace – Witchhazel & Beech & Chestnut & Black Birch & BlueBeech & White/Green Ash
·        In front of anybody’s house, dark green-to-purple maple – Norway Maple, Little Leaf Linden (they have a distinct pyramid shape)
·        Along the Swift River – Sycamore, probably Basswood
·        Bridge across Fort River just past Rolling Green in Amherst – Silver Maple & Sycamore





Honors Option for Woodland Ecology
1st set of instructions … more to come
let me know by Wednesday, September 11th


Each quarter there will be …
Term Assignment: you can skip or be excused from 2 homework assignments in order to be sure you have enough time to complete the Term Assignment
Honors questions for Reading Guide or more in-depth article for Reading
An Honors section for each unit exam/test
Leadership: you act as a leader in your class, modeling positive, engaged participation in group and class activities, making yourself useful in managing our BLG data and setting up/breaking down activities that involve materials


Term 1 Term Assignment:  Habitat
Prepare a 10 minute presentation with visuals, either electronic or poster-board, to 
teach the class about a Belchertown habitat

Term 2 Term Assignment:  Individual projects
Propose a project that has the potential to be shared with or involves community participation… BHS, the elementary schools, or beyond.  Select one project from those offered on the Honors cards, or come up with your own idea.  Submit the proposal by the 2nd week of the term … must be approved before you begin.