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Ecology 5 - Carbon and Oxygen Cycles
Students 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.
Ecology 12 Human Effects
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.
Students examine the basic biosphere and its components. In this ecology lesson plan students complete several experiments including designing a system that is balanced to sustain life.
Deep Sea Communities II ~ Diversity of the Deep
Marine biologists gather abundance data for different marine species from an Excel spreadsheet. They calculate species richness, total number of individuals, and relative abundance for each species in the table. Using the Shannon-Wiener index of diversity, they also determine the Pielou's species evenness. This is a rich lesson to use with high school marine biology or ecology classes when studying populations.
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.
Designing An Ecologically Sound City
Fifth graders follow an outline which helps them design an ecologically sound city. The city is required to include the laws for the city to help make all citizens aware of their ecological responsibilities.
Geography and Ecology of the Inuit
Students examine environment and ecology of the Arctic region, and explore history and traditions of the Inuit.
Ecological Communities:The Prairie
Students study the meaning of ecological community and recognize its complexity. In this ecology lesson students diagram a food web.
Designing an Ecologically Sound City
Fifth graders design an "ecologically sound" city.
Designing an Ecologically Sound City
Sixth graders engage in a instructional activity that is about the designing of an ecological friendly city. They conduct research using a variety of resources that include the internet. Students write and design a city that includes ecologically sound sources of energy and waste disposal.
Young scholars examine the concepts in the ecological organization unit. In this ecological lesson students explore news articles that have to do with the study of ecology.
Science: Fire Ecology
Students discuss terms related to ecology. They explain what happens to species in cases of fire.
Introduction to Ecology
Eighth graders identify the living and nonliving components of an ecosystem. In this ecology lesson, 8th graders explain the role each organism plays. They participate in class discussion and answer a quiz at the end of the lesson.
Ecology: Effects of Land Use on Natural Streams
Eighth graders examine how humans affect various ecosystems. In this ecology lesson, 8th graders discuss different ways that contaminants enter the stream. They explain the consequences of eutrophication in lakes.
Building an Ecologically Balanced Living Space
Students design and build an ecologically balanced living space based on the principles of an old growth forest. They take one part of a house (or structure in the community) and redesign it according to the principles of the forest cycle.
Students examine biodiversity and interrelatedness concepts. In this ecology lesson students go on a field trip and fill out a data sheet.
Learners investigate the interaction in an oceanic ecosystem. In this symbiotic relationship lesson, students investigate how ecological relationships evolve over long periods of time in order to maintain balance and stability of the ecosystem. This lesson includes Quicktime video and a rubric.
Forest Canopies: View from the Top
Students examine the economic and ecological benefits of forest canopies. They read and discuss an article, answer questions, conduct research, draw field sketches of a canopy ecosystem, conduct a feasibility study, or prepare tourist information.
The Dead Zone
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.
Managing Your Energy Budget
Students examine inequitable resource distributions. They participate in a resource distribution demonstration, write a reflection, watch a video, and calculate their ecological footprint.