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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 identify and describe differences between two related ecosystems. They complete a Venn diagram to chart the exclusive and shared characteristics of two ecosystems.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Young scholars 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.
Young scholars explore populations of ecosystems.  For 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.  Young scholars explore the effect of changes in pH and temperature on the ecosystems. 
Students discover the value of sustainability within our ecosystem. In this ecological lesson, 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.
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.
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.
Students describe the effects of biological magnification on ecosystems. This lesson focuses on biomagnification as it relates to the ecosystems of the Great Lakes region in the mid-western United States.
For this ecosystem worksheet, students 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.
Students explore the Florida ecosystem. In this ecology lesson, 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.
Students describe the characteristics of an ecotone. In this ecotone lesson, students pick out their area and describe the visual appearance, conditions, ecosystem, biodiversity, predators, prey, and trees in their ecotone. They create a diagram and complete worksheets.
Middle or high school environmental studies classes will learn much from this presentation on energy in ecosystems. It covers the foundational topics of trophic levels, food webs, and nutrient cycles using informational text and high-quality diagrams. Have viewers glean information by taking notes as you explain the concepts displayed on each slide. 
Pupils practice using vocabulary words from life science. They will investigate the ecosystem and the terms that are associated with it. In addition, they will complete a fill-in-the-blank exam using the vocabulary words.
Students investigate marine life by researching aquatic organisms on the Internet. In this oceanography instructional activity, students monitor algae and animals of the ocean by identifying their population and habitat on data sheet ID cards. Students discuss why it is important to monitor life in the oceanic ecosystem.