Important Relationships: A Guideline for Teaching Ecology in Fifth or Sixth Grade
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In light of the teacher's responsibility, I have prepared this guideline, gathering together ideas, theories, and examples that I feel are simple enough for a fifth- or sixth-grader to understand. I have tried to present these concepts in a concise manner while at the same time emphasizing the tremendous complexity of the subject of ecology. The task of communicating these ideas to the class is left to the imagination of the teacher. In other words, this paper is a summary of current information aimed at educating teachers about important natural relationships, i.e., ecology, which are simple enough to be taught with patience in the upper elementary grades.