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ELD Lesson Plan: Ecosystems
From the depths of the oceans to the peaks of the mountains, your class will see the world with new eyes after this lesson. In a discussion about different ecosystems such as the jungle, the tundra, and the grasslands, they will describe which plants and animals might exist in those regions.
1st - 3rd English Language Development 4 Views 40 Downloads
Connecting Ecosystems & Climate
Collaborators sort a set of cards into biotic and abiotic categories. Then, as a class, they discuss their work and relate each of the abiotic components to climate change. Finally, they form a web of components by connecting those that interact.
7th - 12th Science 51 Views 63 Downloads
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 8 Views 33 Downloads
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 6 Views 24 Downloads
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 57 Views 169 Downloads
Coral Reefs: Ecosystems Full of Life
Coral reefs contain some of the most diverse ecosystems on Earth. Introduce reef residents to youngsters with a three-minute video. While the content is educational, it is not particularly engaging or clear. You may choose to skip the video, but still have your class play the coral reef card matching game that comes with the activity.
3rd - 6th Science 39 Views 69 Downloads
Bearly Any Ice
After reviewing food chains, your class members participate in an arctic predator-prey game that exemplifies the impact of climate change of food availability. If you are in a hurry, skip this lesson, but if you have the time to understand how it is played, it can become a poignant lesson in what is happening with arctic ecosystems.
5th - 8th Science 8 Views 4 Downloads
Changing Planet: Fading Corals
Show the six-minute video, "Changing Planet: Fading Corals," and then demonstrate how calcium carbonate forms a precipitate in the presence of carbon dioxide. Separate your scientists into small groups to gather information about coral communities and introduce them to the real life date found in ReefGIS.
6th - 9th Science 3 Views 16 Downloads
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 5 Views 51 Downloads
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.
5th Science 6 Views 16 Downloads
Houston Wildlife Adaptations
Learners 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 Language Arts 3 Views 4 Downloads
Biodiversity in a Wetland Ecosystem
Online activities make learning about wetland biodiversity interactive! First, ecologists navigate through National Geographic's 56-page "GeoStory" about US wetland ecosystems. They use the FieldScope tool to investigate the Barataria Preserve in Louisiana and predict where assigned species might make their homes.
5th - 12th Science 32 Views 42 Downloads
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 3 Views 2 Downloads
Young scholars 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 9 Views 29 Downloads
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?
7th Science 3 Views 0 Downloads
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 6 Views 63 Downloads
Changing Planet: The Warming of Our Large Lakes - Reasons for Concern
Another A+ lesson on the impact of climate change comes to you from the National Earth Science Teachers Association. In this installment, learners model the stratification of water in lakes due to temperature differences. The lab also provides a visual display of what happens to the profile as lake water warms up.
7th - 10th Science 3 Views 12 Downloads
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. In this instructional activity on the impact of fishing, students research the many places in the world where fish stocks are in decline.
2nd - 4th Science 4 Views 30 Downloads
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.
6th Science 3 Views 12 Downloads