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Students survive within an ecosystem, an animal must be physically and behaviorally adapted to the conditions of its environment.
Amazing! Any 5th grader would be more than willing to participate in this project. Students are broken into groups, each group reads one book from a list of five. They use their book as the basis for choosing an animal and environment to conduct Internet research on. They then use IMovie to create an animated film depicting what they have learned about their animal, its environment, and human impact. All necessary attachments are included.
Students define elements of stories from around the world that include helpful animals. They explore animal character motivations and use graphic organizers to compare and contrast animal stories from different cultures.
In this ecology learning exercise, students read information about ecology and the nine ecology subdivisions and answer comprehension questions. Students answer ten questions in this matching and fill in the blank learning exercise.
Learners select a Colorado animal, develop a Directed Web page, and research their animal. Each member of the group combine their research and develop a Newsletter.
Students research animal behavior using a variety of sources and scientific investigations. They summarize the information to create a presentation showing the relationships of animals to the environment.
In this ecology worksheet, students learn about ecology and ecologists. They then use the information they learned to answer the 9 questions on the worksheet. The answers are on the last page.
For this ecology worksheet, students read the vocabulary words and then categorize a species found in a field, meadow, or fencerow in their state or region. Students complete 6 problems.
Pupils explore the relationship between human beings and animals. They participate in a variety of activities to examine animal behavior. Students create a class book and stage a mock news broadcast.
Learners inquire about Earth science by participating in a flash card activity. In this ecosystem lesson, students discuss what the elements in an ecosystem consist of and examine flash cards which contain images of plants and animals. Learners practice studying and memorizing the information of each plant and animal by quizzing other students with the cards.
The animal population of Arkansas has changed dramatically over the past 10,000 years due to climate change, and human interaction/interruption of animal environments. Upper graders and middle schoolers do a study of how animals populations have been affected by climate and human activity. This excellent plan has many rich activities, maps, worksheets, and websites embedded in it.
Who doesn't love a scavenger hunt? Have your class complete a scavenger hunt to become familiar with ecology in this engaging lesson that has them organize their items on a paper bag to illustrate information. Furthermore, learners will create a presentation about their "found" items.
Students study the biotic and abiotic factors of an environment.  In this exploratory lesson students examine the different trophic levels and how organisms are connected. 
Learners observe animal behaviors and record their observations. In this animal behavior lesson students record animal behaviors at specific intervals of time using an ethogram. Learners may first practice an ethogram using a classmate. Students reflect on the animal behaviors they have observed.
Students comprehend the importance of wildlife conservation by behaving like conservation biologists. They define biodiversity and study biodiversity of a local habitat. Students analyze difficult choices involved in protecting biodiversity. They write a fictional story from the perspective of an endangered animal.
Discuss wants and needs with your elementary ecologists and get them to consider what would happen to our natural resources if we all got everything that we want. Learners play a card sorting game and take an ecological footprint quiz on the Internet.
Help young scholars see the important role camouflage plays in the survival of animals with a fun science lesson. Starting with an outdoor activity, children take on the role of hungry birds as they search for worms represented by different colored pieces of yarn. The results of the activity are graphed in order to demonstrate how certain colors were easier to find than others. Students then explore three different types of camouflage - disruptive colorationconcealing coloration, and disguise - by creating collages using wrapping paper, construction paper, and materials collected from nature. This hands-on lesson would fit perfectly in an elementary science unit on ecosystems and animal adaptions.

New Review Arctic Food Chain

Explore the food chains that support Arctic ecosystems. A class discussion on interdependence and the different roles plants and animals play in ecosystems provides young scholars with the knowledge to complete a worksheet asking them to create food chains involving a variety of Arctic life. To further engage students in the lesson, consider assigning each child an Arctic plant or animal and having the class arrange and rearrange themselves into food chains. This resource would fit perfectly into a unit investigating the different types of ecosystems found around the world.
Students investigate beaver adaptations, life cycle, and the effects of beaver behavior on ecosystems. They compare and contrast how beavers influence the ecology of both forest and aquatic ecosystems.
Sixth graders investigate the ways in which human beings impact the environment and ecology through the calculation of their own ecological footprint, discussion questions pertaining to biodiversity and potential imbalance hazards, and group discussions. four worksheets, an assessment, and internet research is utilized so that students will come away with solid awareness of how human communities affect biodiversity and the planet at large.

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