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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.
Students become familiar with the temperate rainforest. In this forest ecosystem lesson, 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.
Fifth graders participate in an outdoor activity to simulate deer and the resources available to them. In this ecosystem habitat lesson, 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.
Fourth graders research different ecosystems and write a poem about an ecosystem in the form of a diamante poem. In small groups they read and discuss information about their selected ecosystem. Student sthen write a diamante poem and create a group mural illustrating the various aspects of their ecosystem.