PROJECT SWELL REMOTE LEARNING CURRICULUM
& FIRST GRADE
In the kindergarten and first-grade module, students learn about what a habitat is and what animals and plants need to survive in them. They will explore local water habitats in San Diego by building their own tide pool model, explore native plant species in Manzanita Canyon with a virtual field trip, and discover kelp forests and wetlands by completing a fun and engaging activity book and discovering ways to help protect these precious habitats from pollution.
Included on this page, you will find:
- The lesson plan
- The video lesson
- The video activity
- The activity checklist
- The activity book
- A bonus virtual field trip video
Before beginning the module, students take a brief pre-survey to gauge their environmental knowledge, behaviors, and attitudes. Surveys take 3-5 minutes to complete; students do not need an account to participate.
In the Project SWELL Kindergarten and First Grade Video Lesson, students will learn about water habitats in San Diego, and discover how they can help keep habitats clean.
In the Project SWELL Kindergarten and First Grade Video Activity, students participate in creating a model of a tide pool. Students will demonstrate with their model how pollution in a habitat can affect animals and then review ways to help keep water habitats clean.
Be sure to refer to this activity checklist prior to watching the video to make sure you are prepared for the activity.
BONUS VIRTUAL FIELD TRIP
In this bonus virtual field trip, students join Canyonlands Naturalist Kindra on a walk through Manzanita Canyon to meet some of the amazing native plants that call this place home. Students will learn about the main parts of a plant, including how these parts work together to keep plants alive.
At the end of the module, students take the post-survey to gauge any change in their environmental knowledge, behaviors, and attitudes. To request a copy of your class survey results for your own evaluation, please email [email protected].
Thank you for participating in Project SWELL and using our kindergarten and first-grade curriculum to teach your students about water habitats! Please reach out to [email protected] with any questions, comments, and feedback. We look forward to hearing from you!