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Students observe physical features of Daphnia and explain how characteristics allow them to survive, investigate Daphnia's ecological interactions, and observe how Daphnia turn red under low oxygen conditions through increased production of hemoglobin. They then discuss how invasive species can populate foreign area, predict type of adaptation that has allowed it to invade North America, and discuss what impacts an invasive species can have on ecosystem.
Learners explore forest ecological systems. In this ecology lesson, students classify forest plants and animals according to their ecological roles. Learners play a related vocabulary guessing game. Students choose a card on which a forest component is written, and construct an ecological web by passing a ball of string to illustrate the relationships between producers and consumers.
Learners construct their own diagrams outlining the pathway of carbon and oxygen in our atmosphere. They listen to a lecture on the carbon cycle while drawing an example of the carbon cycle on the board. Students comprehend that CO2 is the main source of carbon, which is used for photosynthesis, and that CO2 is a byproduct of photosynthesis.
Students are able to demonstrate acquired knowledge in energy and biogeochemical cycles through a midterm test. They complete their test after finishing they each choose a biome and point of the key features of it which include: What the climate of the region is like., Where each biome is found and what ist geography is like., and The special adaptations of the vegetation.
Students are able to respond to a reading passage concerning human effects (under development) in Madagascar. They have a quiz on primary and secondary succesion as their bell ringer. Students write an essay on the topic "No man is an island, entire of itself; ... any man's death diminishes me, for I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls. They discuss the number of ways that humans and the environment are linked to each other.
Two films are suggested as initiating activities, but you would have to locate them. Nevertheless, there is plenty of material here to provide your biology or ecology classes with a complete mini-unit on freshwater fish species in the Great Lakes system. They examine the biological classification system, use dichotomous keys, and learn anatomical features of fish. Five drawings of unknown fish are given to learners to identify. After the guided practice, learners create their own dichotomous keys. You don't have to necessarily be studying fish to make use of this resource; it is a support for any curriculum on adaptations, biodiversity, or classification.
Students investigate the concept of ownership of the community and being part of it. They conduct research about global ecology in order to make a presentation. The communication must be clear and brief to give information. The lesson has a correlation to social character studies also.
Learners explore how their actions affect others. Upon completing an "Ecological Footprint Quiz," students graph their results. After discussing their characteristics, learners brainstorm ways they can change and improve. They set goals, track their daily progress, and reflect upon their progress.
Providing a sweeping overview of population and community interactions, this ecology worksheet gets learners thinking. They differentiate between habitat and niche, describe and give exemplars of various animal and plant defenses, explain illustrations of ecological concepts, and more. This is an outstanding review of basic ecological concepts.
Using a stretched wire coat hanger as a quadrant, small groups of junior ecologists take population samples. They combine their findings to make a general ecological assessment. Unfortunately, within such a small square, there will rarely be much wildlife to count. Toss a handful of mixed pasta shapes or beans on their tabletops to represent different organisms and have them perform a simulation instead! Make sure to show learners a true one-meter square quadrant.
Here's a fine instructional activity that combines poetry with life sciences. Learners carefully listen to a poem that's all about a food chain. As the poem is read, learners name the producer, the herbivore, the carnivore, and the omnivore. Lots of terrific scientific discussion should result from the reading of this poem. Then, pupils get into groups and come up with their own original poem that depicts a food chain. They illustrate their poems, and the products are displayed on the bulletin board.
Students explore the science behind the "Dead Zone" in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico. In this ecological forecasting lesson plan, students do research on the Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone and design an experiment to test their hypothesis as to why the "Dead Zone" exists in the Gulf of Mexico.