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Ecosystem Lesson Plan: Food Chain/Food Web
Learners discuss ecosystems, eliciting their current knowledge of an ecosystem. Students receive an Ecosystems document and look at the picture. Learners brainstorm connection between the cover picture and ecosystems. The indicated document is available free of charge, ordering information is included on the lesson.
3rd - 4th Science
The Salt Desert Shrub Ecosystem
Take a peek at one of the harshest ecosystems in the world. Can you guess where it is? It's actually in Wyoming at the base of the Bighorn Mountains! Adapting to this harsh environment has been difficult, and only a few species are able to grow because of the mix of salt in the soil.
2 mins 4th - 8th Science
Biotic and Abiotic Factors
Life is complex. Just a slight change in the population of one species will have a substantial change on the biotic and abiotic factors of that species' environment. In this video, Mr. Andersen explains the effects removing wolves from Yellowstone National Park had on the surrounding ecosystem.
10 mins 9th - 12th Science
New Review Studying Grassland Ecosystems
At first glance, grassland ecosystems might seem dull and uninteresting, but once you start to explore it's amazing the things you'll find! Through this series of engaging lessons, activities, and experiments, elementary students examine the plants and animals that call these regions home and the intricate web of interdependence that ties them all together.
K - 5th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Circle of Life
Here is a well-designed science lesson that shows learners that everything that organisms do in ecosystems, including running, breathing, burrowing, growing, requires energy. After a thorough discussion of their own eating and drinking habits, young biologists work on dissecting owl pellets.
4th - 5th Visual & Performing Arts
Design a Reef!
Using a miniature coral reef aquarium kit, young ecologists model this unique ecosystem. They research various coral reef organisms and their niches, and they culminate the project by working together to write a report. Use this activity as an enrichment when you are teaching an ecology unit to your life science learners.
7th - 8th Science
Junior ecologists relate how food chains and food webs route matter and energy through an ecosystem. They trace feeding levels of a food chain or food web through a pyramid of energy. As a reinforcement activity, learners construct three energy pyramids using some of their mathematical skills to construct them correctly.
9th - 12th Science
That's Predictable - Stream Side Science
Research the impact that changes in biotic or abiotic factors might have on an ecosystem. Debate for or against the changes and take action in the community. This resource ideally follows stream studies that young ecologists may have performed in previous sessions.
7th - 10th Science
Fifth graders identify how a pond can change into a grassland. An ecosystems lesson where learners identify pioneer and climax species, and recognize that ecological succession can take up to 100 years or more. Some excellent activities and worksheets are embedded in this fine plan.
Houston Wildlife Adaptations
Students conduct a case study from a Houston Wilderness site for at least four times in a six week span. In this ecosystem lesson, students learn about their surrounding wildlife by creating a PowerPoint presentation, using the data they have collected during their case study.
4th - 6th English Language Arts
Facts II: The Aspen FACE Experiment
The Aspen FACE (free-air carbon dioxide enrichment) Experiment was set up in Wisconsin to assess the effects of increased carbon dioxide and ozone on forest ecosystems. Environmental science learners examine and graph the growth index data for the aspen trees involved.
9th - 10th Science
Students observe the effects of eutrophication and determine why it is harmful to aquatic ecosystems. They create mason jar ecosystems to observe the growth of algae in pond water. In addition, they observe the effect of introducing various variables into their ecosystems.
6th - 12th Science
Lesson Recap: The Anacostia River & You - Biology Teaching Thesis
Seventh graders give examples of local sources of pollution and postulate reasons as to why local sources of pollution can harm the ecosystem. They address the following question in short answer form: "Why is litter/chemical pollution bad for the Anacostia River?
ELD Lesson Plan
View and explore different types of ecosystems found in our environment. Learners will study, discuss and view examples of 7 vocabulary words associated with ecosystems. They will also draw examples of different species found in ecosystems and write about each one.
Pre-K - 3rd Visual & Performing Arts
The Impact of Fishing
Students explore the concept of fishing as it relates to oceans and how some fishing practices can damage the health of the marine ecosystems. For this lesson on the impact of fishing, students research the many places in the world where fish stocks are in decline.
2nd - 4th Science
Earth Day Unit Plan: Pollution in the Anacostia River - Biology Teaching Thesis
Sixth graders are able to explain that there are pollutants in the Anacostia River, what these pollutants can cause, and how to prevent further pollution. They examine the impacts that the pollutants of the Anacostia River could have on their personal health.
Endangered Species in the Sonoran Desert
Middle schoolers identify and explain some caused of endangerment and extinction for species as well as explain the effects of extinction on an ecosystem. Teachers use this lesson plan before teaching students about collecting insects or plants.
6th - 8th Science
Oral History of the Skagit River Watershed
Have learners assess current farming techniques in their area with this valuable resource. They consider the impact of their local ecosystem, and research how Native American tribes used the land in the past. They go on Internet "expeditions," then use their findings to compose an expository research paper.
9th - 10th Social Studies & History