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Tenth graders create food web displays in the classroom. In this ecology instructional activity, 10th graders identify the different pollutants in the environment and their effect on organisms. They collect samples of sediments from the harbor and analyze their chemical composition.
Students explore the impact of their lifestyle choices on the environment. In this ecology lesson plan, students use the web site provided to calculate their ecological footprint. This data is used to construct a class graph and determine the mean number of acres needed to sustain the Earth's population.
This smart slide show outlines energy flow in ecosystems. It addresses the sun as the primary source of all energy, flows into explanations of photosynthesis and respiration, and explores trophic feeding levels and productivity. Appropriate for middle or high school ecology classes, it can be followed with photosynthesis or cellular respiration laboratory exercises.
Students personify ecology vocabulary and write a one-act play using their knowledge of ecology as the basis for characters, conflict, setting and plot.
Students read and discuss the article "Succession" by Bill Freedman. They create a labeled sketch of each type of ecological succession from its beginning to its climax community. Students create an article about a natural disaster as if writing for the area's local newspaper.
Students examine the complex issues that result from human use of ecologically sensitive areas. They investigate these issues from the point of view of their major/career path.
Ninth graders study how cities affect the environment and design an ecologically-sound city. They focus their study on the benefits and constraints of life on the Northern Great Plains.
Students inquire about biology by creating ecology flash cards. In this wetland lesson, students identify the many different plants in Alaska and examine their characteristics by creating a group of flash cards with their image on the front. Students quiz each other on the plants and animals that reside in the great northern state.
Sixth graders explore the outdoors to observe different types of trees. For this ecology lesson, 6th graders write the tree names in their worksheet and identify their unique characteristics.
Third graders research and examine pond ecology. They conduct Internet research, and create a brochure that depicts three forms of life that can be found in a pond environment.
Students identify ecological elements and their factors on species, populations and food webs. They analyze ecosystems for these elements and research how these factors influence species survival rate. Predictions on conditions over time and change are documented.
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.
Pupils compare the obeservations of traditional people with the oberservations of Western science. They validate Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) and Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (IQ) through comparison and the identification of agreement with Western science.
Eighth graders identify and name birds in their school yard by comparing and contrasting pictures of 12 common birds in the Phoenix metro area using the Ecology Explorers Protocol. They formulate questions based on observations that lead to the development of a hypothesis. And finally, 8th graders use appropriate research information.
Students examine how to use ecological analysis to animal production systems. In this sustainable agriculture lesson students examine where the nutrients flow in a system and complete several activities.
Learners examine the structure of ecosystems. In this ecology lesson, students listen to a lecture on relationships among organisms and biomes. Learners use the information to create ecosystem organization pyramids.
In this biosphere worksheet, students review terms such as biome, ecology, and community. Students compare autotrophs and heterotrophs and how energy moves through a food web. This worksheet has 6 short answer, 11 multiple choice, and 8 fill in the blank questions.
Students explore the worlds biomes and see how organisms adapt to these ecological communities. In this world's biomes instructional activity students research and write a paper about one of the world's biomes.
Students investigate ecological systems and the cause and effect relationship between humans and the environment by using the prey items of Ospreys.
Students use easily obtained materials to study ecological succession in a microbiological community. This investigation is appropriate for a variety of age groups. Elementary Students be fascinated by the changes occurring over time in their bottles. First and second year high school students can do microscopic sampling of their communities that introduce them to diversity among microorganisms.