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- Cheryl G., Teacher
- Manteno, IL
Ecosystem Teacher Resources
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Pupils engage in a lesson that is about the concepts related to the careful balance of an ecosystem. They identify the beneficial and harmful relationships that can exist with diverse populations in an ecosystem. The lesson includes information that should be used by the teacher.
Students 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.
Students investigate endangered ecosystems. In this ecosystems instructional activity, 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 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.
Young scholars 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.Young scholars will understand that an ecosystem is composed of both biotic and abiotic components as well as the interactions between these components.
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 lesson focuses on Canadian parks, it can be adapted to fit any nature refuge.
Students explore populations of ecosystems. In this middle school science/math instructional activity, students observe an aquatic ecosystem over a four to six week period, collecting data on temperature and pH values as well as qualitative observations. Students explore the effect of changes in pH and temperature on the ecosystems.