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Students examine newspaper articles to assess issues about Canada's boreal forest, including prospects for the forestry industry. They develop an awareness of deforestation causes and highlight issues involving the relationship between the boreal forest and human intervention. Students write summaries of their findings.
Students investigate the factors that influence succession in a boreal forest. In this ecology lesson, students read the story Tongass and discuss the interdependence between living things in the forest. Students play a game that simulates succession in a boreal forest. Additionally, students discuss and write about how the game demonstrated the interdependence in the boreal forest.
Students explore wolves. In this ecology and wolves lesson, students research predator-prey relationships on the Internet and complete a related worksheet with a partner. Students interpret data on bar graphs to determine growth and decline of the wolf population. Students determine whether statements given about wolves are fact or opinion.
Students explore environments by analyzing food chains. In this biome identification activity, students define a list of environmental vocabulary terms such as tundra, rain-forest and desert. Students create a fictional self sustainable food chain that is built on one specific biome or environmental setting.
Students examine food eaten by the people of the Ojibwa and Voyageur tribes. In this healthy eating lesson, students analyze the food choices of those who lived here before us. Then, students consider how our food choices are different today and how to make the right choices.
Here is a 25-page plan that descirbes a series of lessons designed for third graders. In the plans, youngsters dive into the variety of Native American societies, and the vast array of ecological environments in which they existed. An astounding amount of wonderful in-class activities are described in these plans, and all of the worksheets you need to implement the plans are embedded in each. Highly recommended for any third grade study of Native American life.
Here is an exciting exploration of a fascinating topic for your emerging ecologists: bird migration! They begin by visiting the US Fish & Wildlife Service website to discover which Arctic birds come to their areas. They are assigned one of those birds and sent off to do a bit of background research on it. They use an online distance calculator to discover how far that bird migrates and use critical thinking to predict what difficulties may lie along the path from one place to another. Though the lesson claims to be written for high schooler, it is easily adaptable to preteen groups.
Once junior ecologists are familiar with Earth's major biomes, they hone in on Arizona's biomes. Using a website about Arizona's natural resources, learners will identify biotic communities. Beautiful maps and worksheets are provided for your convenience. Make sure to check out the other lessons in this unit via Lesson Planet.
Learners view a PowerPoint presentation on biomes and their classifications. Divide them into groups and assign them each an individual biome to research. There are pictures of the PowerPoint slides and notes about what to teach for each, but a direct link to the presentation is not provided. Take the time to find it on the Internet because it is an excellent support to the lesson.
AP environmental science or college-level ecology classes will glean a tremendous amount of information on nutrient cycles from this detailed PowerPoint. It covers nutrient requirements, biogeochemcial cycles, decomposition rates, and plant adaptations when nutrient conditions are low. There are diagrams and flow charts to help explain the concepts. The 53 slides of information will require a few class sessions to dispatch.