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After hearing a 1901 excerpt from John Muir's nature notes, emerging ecologists embark on an ecosystems exploration. In the schoolyard, they take their own nature notes as they observe the weather, soil, plants, and animals. 
Students research abiotic and biotic factors concerning the concept of an ecosystem. Record and analyze data collected. Write a lab report in proper and scientific format with thinking and analytical skills. Work as a cooperative team.
Learners observe a local area for living organisms and their habitats.  In this local ecosystems lesson, students complete an online field journal.  Learners share their findings and sort them into categories. Students visit a website to gather information about their ecosystem.
Students model a food web and create a miniature ecosystem. In this animal interactions lesson, students engage in a role playing game which simulates a food web. Students then build miniature ecosystems using pop bottles, snails, plants and soil.
Fifth graders explore the concept of environmental management.  In this ecosystem lesson, 5th graders discover how models help scientists learn more about managing ecosystems. Students create their own model, make observations and discuss their findings. 
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. Finally, they participate in a field study of a local ecosystem. This all-inclusive lesson plan appeals to all learning styles and can be used as an interdisciplinary unit.
Young scholars 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.
Students record changes in an ecosystem. In this science lesson students make a hypothesis about changes in a terrarium. They record their observations. The students conduct an experiment to test their hypothesis.
Students explore the characteristics of an ecosystem, gather animal specimens relevant to their investigation, and record data gathered on the interactions between the temperature, climate, and life cycles of the organisms in the area.
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. Pupils identify some common ecosystems from which we obtain different agricultural products.
Ecosystem activities show how everyone and everything is interconnected. The smallest change can make a big impact.
High schoolers explore the Everglades ecosystem using the Internet. To develop a picture about conservation of resources in the context of the Everglades. Explore relationships between species and habitats. Develop an idea of how human beings have altered the equilibrium in the Everglades.
Pairs of ecologists select an animal and investigate an ecosystem from its point of view. This simple lesson involves Internet research and putting together a presentation of collected information. 
Students explore aquariums and terrariums. In this ecosystem lesson, students begin to understand the interdependent relationship between animals and different environments. Students create their own ecosystem using live animals.
Young scholars study ecosystems then analyze their components.  In this ecosystem lesson students analyze ecosystems and their parts, then they research on the Internet the components and fill out their worksheets.
Students examine the coral reef ecosystem and learn how the living and non-living parts interact.  In this coral reef lesson students view video on coral reefs then create a fictional ecosystem.
Students create a classroom food web using components observed during a field trip. They first watch a video describing and defining the essential components of an ecosystem then they go out to a local park or pond and observe the ecosystem.
Second in a series of five lessons, this lesson encourages preteens to consider cities as urban ecosystems. First, they keep a food diary for a few days. They visit the Natrional Agricultural Statistics Service website for current data on food production. They take a virtual tour of ancient Mesopotamia and discuss how the improvement of food production is related to the development of cities. Standing alone, this lesson does not stand out. Check out the other lessons in the series though. You may find the mini-unit valuable. for upper elementary world history.
Students read about cats in Borneo and discuss role predators play in controlling population size. They map the interdependencies among species. They read about flux in ecosystems and complete a worksheet.
Students research ecosystems (rainforest, desert, grassland, woodland, and arctic tundra). Students compare the seven continents and the importance of proximaty to the equator.