Ecosystem Teacher Resources
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Recipe for an Ecosystem
Creating an ecosystem is as simple as baking a cake. Well, maybe not, but using a recipe analogy helps learners realize that ecosystems consist of different components that come together in unique ways. Offer this worksheet as an extension activity during a unit on ecosystems, to accompany a reading of Dr.
1st - 6th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Trace pollutants through the environment in the seventh lesson of this series on the science of food. Looking at a picture of the plants and animals in an aquatic ecosystem, learners use dot stickers to represent harmful chemicals as they move from the producers through the different levels of consumers.
K - 5th Science
Explore various ecosystems from around the world as your class discovers the interdependence of all living things. Using the provided sets of ecosystem cards, young scientists work in small groups building food webs to demonstrate the relationships between producers and consumers.
2nd - 5th Science
Introduce ecology classes to biodiversity and interdependence in ecosystems with a PowerPoint presentation. Then, they get up-close and personal with the invertebrate world by collecting insects, classifying them, and graphing their data. Links to the slide show, instructions for insect sampling, and dichotomous keys for identification are all provided for your convenience.
6th - 12th Science
“THE LORAX” by Dr. Seuss
Few children's books convey the message of conservation as well as Dr. Seuss' The Lorax. Read the story aloud, emphasizing the interconnectedness of plants and animals in an ecosystem and discussing different ways people can help the environment.
1st - 3rd English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
New Review Habitat Web
Young scientists weave together an understanding of ecosystems with this fun collaborative activity. Taking on the roles of different living and non-living elements of specific habitats, learners use a ball of yarn to create the web of interdependence that ties them all together.
K - 6th Science CCSS: Adaptable
New Review Grasslands of North America and Africa: 3-5
Take young ecologists on a trip through the grasslands of North American and Africa with this pair of life science lessons. Engaging students in learning about the plants and animals that call these regions home, this life science resource is a great way to teach about interdependence in ecosystems.
3rd - 5th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Study Jams! Changes in Ecosystems
Our scholarly friends head to the lake to go fishing and are unpleasantly surprised by the algae filling the water. They talk about primary and secondary succession as different ways that ecosystems are changed. Show the short video, then have your class answer the seven questions as a review.
5th - 9th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Plants and Ecosystems
The relationships within and between ecosystems can be explored. after examining an area for living and non-living things students complete the same examination in the forest ecosystem. Students identify abiotic and biotic elements in an environment and compare the data.
2nd - 4th Science
Using Environmental Models to Determine the Effect of Acid Rain on an Ecosystem
Demonstrate to your middle school science learners how chalk breaks down in a weak acid. Discuss what affects acidic rain might have on ecosystems. Lab groups then choose one of two questions: "How does acid precipitation affect an aquatic ecosystem?
7th - 8th Science
Eager ecologists explore ecosystems through video and photographs of a Mangrove. They discuss the animals in this habitat and how they interact with each other after reading and discussing "The Sea, the Storm and the Mangrove Tangle." This website provides lesson plans and virtual expeditions to make this example of an ecosystem come alive!
4th - 6th Science
Endangered Ecosystems Grades 6-9
Students research endangered ecosystems. They complete a variety of online activities regarding these ecosystems and the animals that live in them. They culminate the unit with their own project that traces activity in the ecosystem in which they live.
6th - 9th Science
Reading comprehension and note-taking skills are practiced as young ecologists embark on this journey. Explorers visit a website where they will read about three ecosystems that are in danger. They use interactive programs to build a food web and create a caterpillar.
5th - 6th Science
Ecosystems-The Essential Connection
Students develop their abilities to solve problems both in school and in a variety of situations similar to that they have encountered in life. They define the term ecosystem in nature by comparing them to familiar organizational structures.
4th - 6th English Language Arts
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 students with the knowledge to complete a worksheet asking them to create food chains involving a variety of Arctic life.
3rd - 6th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Urban Ecosystems 5: In Defense Of Cities
Students explain that while cities have unattractive features, the density of human life enables energy efficiency, mass transit, recycling, and other benefits which are difficult or impossible in rural areas. This is the fifth in an excellent series.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History
Coral Reef Ecosystem
The coral reef ecosystem is abundant and lively. Dive in for an underwater view of the species living there. Polyps, urchin, barracudas, and eels (among others) exist in part because of the sun's presence in this ecosystem. Use this as introduction to the life cycle within the coral reef ecosystem.
4 mins 4th - 8th Science