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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 24 Views 12 Downloads
“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 Language Arts 126 Views 92 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Designing a Real Life Ecosystem!
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.
9th - 12th Science 58 Views 147 Downloads
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 73 Views 66 Downloads
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 34 Views 287 Downloads
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 22 Views 89 Downloads
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 8 Views 48 Downloads
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 24 Views 121 Downloads
Endangered Ecosystems Grades 6-9
Learners 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 31 Views 144 Downloads
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 Language Arts 24 Views 161 Downloads
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 4 Views 4 Downloads
From the Top of the Food Chain Down: Rewilding Our World
A eloquent narrative and unique animation expound on the megafauna and megaflora that once dominated the planet and helped keep ecosystems in balance. Is there anything that can be done to undo the damage we've done? The speaker proposes increasing the numbers of top predators as a viable answer.
5 mins 6th - 8th Science 3 Views 3 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
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 instructional activity as an extension activity during a unit on ecosystems, to accompany a reading of Dr.
1st - 6th Science 42 Views 40 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Plankton to Penguins: Antarctic Food Web
A well-written lesson plan, second in a series of four, gets high schoolers exploring how the Antarctic food web is impacted by climate change and the associated melting of polar ice sheets. It begins with a PowerPoint presentation about the polar ecosystem.
9th - 12th Science 73 Views 67 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Urban Ecosystems 5: In Defense Of Cities
Young scholars 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 9 Views 18 Downloads
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 3 Views 1 Download
Ecosystems Scavenger Hunt
Eighth graders identify the basic elements of an ecosystem and their individual roles. For this life science lesson, 8th graders conduct a scavenger hunt in their local ecosystem. They collect evidence and explain how each component is interconnected with each other.
8th Science 26 Views 140 Downloads
Energy Flow in Ecosystems
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.
7th - 12th Science 90 Views 301 Downloads