Lesson One: Complex Considerations
By the end of the lesson, students will know the definition of a steward and will recognize that stewardship decisions require the consideration of multiple criteria.
Lesson Two: Ecosystems 101
Students will apply the definition of stewardship in order to identify and understand the importance of considering both visible and invisible aspects of an ecosystem.
Lesson Three: Food Web Frenzy
Students learn that when one part of a food web changes, it impacts other parts of the web. Students learn that stewardship decisions impact the different components of food webs in different ways.
Lesson Four: Survival of the Fittest
Students understand that organisms can survive only in environments in which their particular needs are met. Students understand that the needs of plants and animals are different but interdependent.
Lesson Five: Tested Teamwork
Students learn that a healthy ecosystem is one in which multiple species are each able to meet their needs in a relatively stable web of life. Students learn that multiple species can have their needs met in the same ecosystem and that humans play a role in managing species within an ecosystem.
Lesson Six: New to the Web
Students learn that newly introduced species can affect the balance of an ecosystem and that the changes can be positive or negative. Students learn that humans introduce species for a variety of reasons including to solve problems.
Lesson Seven: Agriculture Adventure
Students learn about economic costs and benefits and cultural costs and benefits. By practicing cost-benefit analysis, students discover that decision making is a complex task.
Lesson Eight: Recommendation Revisit
Students learn that making stewardship decisions is complex.
Lesson Nine: Master Stewards
Students utilize their understanding of ecosystems, economic cost, and culture to make a stewardship decision.