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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.  This esson was created for teaching in a French immersion classroom and so there are multiple printables that could be used for foreign language practice of this topic.
Fifth graders demonstrate an understanding of ecosystems to enable them to identify the plants, animals, soil, and habitats that exist in each with an emphasis on conservation and preservation of those ecosystems.
Students gather resources to answer various questions concerning characteristics of ecosystems. They complete a brochure using the information found on their ecosystem.
Seventh graders research about the effect of climate on different ecosystems. In this life science lesson, 7th graders present their research by creating a poster, infomercial, skit or song. They discuss how organisms adapt to climate change.
Students become familiar with the temperate rainforest.  In this forest ecosystem instructional activity, students identify the producers, consumers and decomposers in the forest ecosystem.  Students sort cards and identify the trophic level of the rainforest.  Students view and discuss various artifacts of the rainforest.
Students outline a scenario demonstrating ecosystem interdependence. They explain the effects of this change according to the food web. They give a positive example such as increased rain and have the students call out answers to your questions about the possible effects of increased rain.
Fourth graders study the Great Salt lake and the ecosystem that encompasses it. They study the relationship between an individual of a species, a population of that species, a community that includes that population, and the ecosystem that includes the community of living things and the nonliving parts of that environment.
Fourth graders explain how in any particular environment, some kinds of plants and animals survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all. They research the ecosystem of which each animal or plant is natively a part.
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!
Fifth graders participate in an outdoor activity to simulate deer and the resources available to them. In this ecosystem habitat lesson plan, 5th graders observe what is happening as the activity progresses. Students record conclusions about what happened during the activity. Students understand how resources can become more scarce.
Learners consider that under certain conditions in nature tend to remain the same or move toward a balance. They observe populations and determine the functions (e.g., de-composers, producers, consumers) they serve in an ecosystem. They investigate energy flow in ecosystems. They investigate factors (e.g., resources, light, water) that affect the number of organisms an ecosystem can support.
Eighth graders identify the basic elements of an ecosystem and their individual roles. In 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.
Students create a sustainable, self-contained ecosystem in a ten-gallon aquarium.
Seventh graders create a closed ecosystem and place it where is it visible to others in the school. They label it with posters describing the interdependence of living things in the ecosystem. They discuss what might happen to the ecosystem should changes occur.
Young scholars examine the value of ecosystems. They read and analyze an article, evaluate ecosystem services, research the benefits of biomonitors, and design a public service announcement.
Students distinguish between natural and man-made ecosystems.  For this exploratory lesson students describe preventative measures to ecological problems.
Students discover new ways to preserve the ecosystem by completing graphic organizers.  In this environmental lesson, students read an article from the Natural Inquirer in small groups and fill out a graphic organizer based on the information.  Students share their information with the other groups and discuss why this article was in the Ecosystem Services Edition of the Natural Inquirer.
Students investigate endangered ecosystems. In this ecosystems lesson, students create a KWL chart on endangered ecosystem and research wildcats. Students read online field reports to identify why wildcats are important to the ecosystem. Students complete the KWL chart.
Students explore the concept of endangered ecosystems.  In this ecosystem activity, students are grouped into certain endangered species groups.  Students research and learn about their ecosystems.  Students wrap up with a discussion. 
Students are able to list different ecosystems and describe their environment and organisms. They have an understanding about the function and balance of the ecosystems. Students are able to tell what type of ecosystem the St. Mary's River is.