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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 investigate how human actions can have a positive effect on the environment with a focus on the Red Imported Fire Ant. In this ecosystem protection lesson plan, students discuss ecosystems and bio-security for the ant. Students are offered a variety of projects and activities to do with the lesson plan.
Students explore the Florida ecosystem. In this ecology instructional 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.
Students discuss how the Hudson River is an ecosystem made up of both biotic and abiotic factors. They view the PowerPoint the Journal Down the Hudson River. Students become aware of where the Hudson River begins and ends, the plant and animal life along and in the Hudson, and the importance of ecosystem in maintaining the Rivers precious balance of life.
Middle and high schoolers examine the basics of a mountain lion's diet by examining food chains and food webs. Learners are each assigned one of the lion's prey species and they must construct a food chain for this animal. They see how a small change in one part of the ecosystem can lead to a dramatic change for all species. Fabulous!
Young environmentalists examine the biogeochemical cycles: carbon, nitrogen, phosphorous, and water. Explanatory notes and colorful diagrams are presented for each, followed by a blank diagram that is filled in click-by-click as a reinforcement. After teaching the cycles, time is spent on limiting nutrients and eutrophication in aquatic ecosystems. This commendable PowerPoint will educate and arrest the attention of your high schoolers.
Here is a sereis of lessons on ecosystems. Third graders explore topics such as organisms, interdependence, and how environmental problems affect the Earth's ecosystems. By engaging in a series of hands-on activities, watching streamed video, and playing environmental simulation games, pupils should begin to gain an understanding of the importance of the balance of nature.
Working in cooperative groups, young scientists research and report on how undersea volcanic activity may benefit marine ecosystems. There are many links to websites that you can use to stimulate curiosity or for pupils to use for gathering research information. This is a terrific tie between earth and life science concepts.
Young biologists identify how plants and animals are affected by changes in their ecosystem and environment. The concepts of succession, maintenance of habitats, interrelationships, and adaptation are all discussed. This well-developed lesson has terrific activities and worksheets embedded in it that should make it easy to implement. An excellent lesson on biology!
Display a stunning drawing of the Gulf of Mexico's ecosystems. Learners examine the picture to determine what birds live there and what foods they rely on. Then show a poignant five-minute film that examines the impact of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon (BP) oil spill on specific species of birds in the gulf. Hold classroom discussions about how scientists are working to help the affected bird populations. Though the lesson is simple, it can fuel a relevant discussion of how human activities affect the environment. You could follow or precede the lesson with the classic activity of dipping bird feathers in oil and showing how difficult it is to remove. Other related resource links provide the opportunity to extend this lesson as well.
Young scholars explore the beauty of British Columbia by participating in a class field trip. For this ecosystem observation lesson, students investigate the Vancouver Aquarium and Stanley Park, one of the largest parks in North America. Young scholars identify the separate ecosystems, beach and forest, before completing a worksheet based on the positive and negative impact of human beings.
Learners inquire about Earth science by participating in a flash card activity. In this ecosystem lesson, students discuss what the elements in an ecosystem consist of and examine flash cards which contain images of plants and animals. Learners practice studying and memorizing the information of each plant and animal by quizzing other students with the cards.
Students study ecosystems and storms effect on them. In this ecosystems lesson plan, students discuss how tropical storms effect ecosystems. Students read the Ocean News article and then work in groups to research an ecosystem. Students list the ecosystem's species and create a visual representation about the organisms. Students write a summary about their ecosystem and how it's connected to others.