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Natural Inquirer Ecosystem Article Lesson
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.
Using Venn Diagrams to Compare Two Ecosystems
Students identify and describe differences between two related ecosystems. They complete a Venn diagram to chart the exclusive and shared characteristics of two ecosystems.
Young scholars explore the concept of endangered ecosystems. In this ecosystem activity, students are grouped into certain endangered species groups. Young scholars research and learn about their ecosystems. Students wrap up with a discussion.
Ecosystems of the World
Middle schoolers 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.
Learners identify animals in ecosystem depicted on 16th Century ceramic basin and classify them as herbivores, carnivores, or omnivores based on physical characteristics and prior knowledge, determine which life forms in ecosystem are producers, consumers, and decomposers, and create food web that shows transfer of matter within ecosystem.
The Forest Ecosystem
Students observe forest ecosystem, and investigate about a tree. They study the different types of soil and its porosity. Pupils distinguish the basic needs in a forest ecosystem, and examine the positive and negative affects that humans have on forest ecosystems.
Building an Ecosystem
Students research a variety of local and world ecosystems. Students will create a collage to represent the biotic and abiotic factors and interactions important to their given ecosystem.Students will understand that an ecosystem is composed of both biotic and abiotic components as well as the interactions between these components.
Students create visual representations of ecosystems. In this ecology lesson plan, students discuss the interdependence of plants and animals in various ecosystems. Students cut pictures from magazines and glue them on sturdy blocks. Using the blocks, a layered ecosystem is constructed. Students remove blocks and discuss reasons and the results of these changes.
Ecosystem Problem Solving
Fifth graders give a presentation. In this ecosystems lesson, 5th graders review ecosystems and work in groups to determine solutions to ecosystem problems. Students present their problems and solutions to the class.
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.
Ecosystem Interactions in Refuges
Seventh graders, using national parks as models, illustrate the energy flow in ecosystems. Working in groups, they use murals, flow charts, or other visual displays to record their findings. Students represent the food chains and webs found in the environments they examine. Although this instructional activity focuses on Canadian parks, it can be adapted to fit any nature refuge.
Ecosystem Field Trip
Students investigate the different seeds and plants that are part of the Millcreek ecosystem. They take a field trip to the ecosystem and complete activities using the plants that are indigenous to the area.
Probing an Aquatic Ecosystem
Learners explore populations of ecosystems. In this middle school science/math lesson, students observe an aquatic ecosystem over a four to six week period, collecting data on temperature and pH values as well as qualitative observations. Learners explore the effect of changes in pH and temperature on the ecosystems.
Amazing Grazing: Keeping Our Ecosystem Running
Students discover the value of sustainability within our ecosystem. In this ecological instructional activity, students discuss the importance of a food cycle in our society, and how humans can improve the conservation of a healthy ecosystem. Eventually students answer written questions based on these concepts.
The Delicate Balance within a Forest Ecosystem
Students examine the causes and effects of alterations in a forest ecosystem and evaluate how human actions may only seem to have minor consequences, but can lead to extinctions of large numbers of populations. Students produce an educational video, 5-10 minutes in length, within the forest discussing concepts from the unit.
Exploring Great Salt Lake Ecosystem
Fourth graders determine the Great Salt Lake is a unique, thriving, and diverse ecosystem. They engage in an actual or a virtual field trip. They record field trip, whether actual or virtual, in science lab book or journal and present research projects in the form of a travel brochure.
Biomagnification in the Great Lakes Ecosystems
Students describe the effects of biological magnification on ecosystems. This lesson plan focuses on biomagnification as it relates to the ecosystems of the Great Lakes region in the mid-western United States.
In this ecosystem worksheet, learners answer questions about energy pyramids, food chains, consumers, producers, decomposers, biotic and abiotic factors in an environment, natural selection and the importance of biodiversity in an ecosystem.
The Florida Ecosystem
Students explore the Florida ecosystem. In this ecology activity, students visit the "Second Life" website and enter a simulated bay. Students observe the relationships the animals and plants have with one another in the virtual bay. Students visit a park to write down observations about the wildlife. Students discuss the ecosystem and the relationships organisms have with one another. Students present their observations.