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Students explain and discuss the importance of ecosystems. They analyze the natural resources in the environment. They also suggest actions that would protect ecosystems.
Fourth graders create an ecosystem as a class. They have already produced smaller ones. They use a pond or something similar on school grounds to meet the needs of certain plants and animals of their ecosystem. Specifically created will be a terrarium and an aquarium. They record observations as they work.
Fifth graders explore and explain the ecosystems in the city of Houston. In this ecosystems lesson plan, 5th graders explain how living organisms depend on each other and use adaptive characteristics to survive.
Students identify producers and consumers from marine ecosystems and describe the balance among them in the environments. After constructing a food chain from a marine ecosystem, they examine human activities that can upset the balance of the ecosystems. They play a teacher-created card game and try to collect five cards from the same ecosystem.
Students in a special education classroom examine their relationship with the environment. As a class, they examine the concept of a web of life and create their own classroom ecosystem. In groups, they record their observations and make predictions on what they believe might happen in the ecosystem.
Students use the disciplines of math and science to examine ecosystems. In groups, they calculate the amount of supplies they would need to live in the classroom for one day, a week and a year. Using this information, they apply it to situations facing the world. To end the lesson, they examine the amount of paper wasted in their class and how to use it more efficiently.
Students study ecosystems and storms effect on them. In this ecosystems lesson, 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.
Students complete activates where they act as scientists to study the missing sea otters in the Aleutians. In this scientists lesson plan, students observe, identify, sample, and count, in an ecosystem.
Fourth graders are introduced to the concept of ecosystem; specifically, the interrelationships among plants and animals within an ecosystem, and their relationships to the environment in which they live and interact.
Students explore ecosystem enigmas. Pretending to be an ecologists, students solve ecosystem enigmas. They discuss human inventions and how they affect the ecosystem. Students participate in an activity to describe the relationship between predator and prey.
Students compare the marine habitats of Maine and the Caribbean using temperature, tides, ocean currents, latitude and longitude. For this marine ecosystems lesson, students analyze maps to complete graphic organizers that evaluate the viability of marine life in the different ecosystems. Students visit an aquarium and identify the attributes of a coral reef. Students complete two fill in the blank worksheets complete with graphics, glossary, and resources page.
Third graders study the temperate deciduous forest. In this ecosystem lesson plan, 3rd graders read an article and answer questions about the temperate deciduous forest ecosystem. Working in groups, students create a collage on a jigsaw puzzle piece representing the climate, vegetation or animals found in this ecosystem.
Seventh graders discover how an ecosystem works by creating one in class. In this Earth science lesson, 7th graders study vocabulary terms associated with ecosystem and read environment handouts. Students create an observatory ecosystem using a one gallon jar, insects, and a shovel.
Fifth graders demonstrate an understanding of ecosystems to enable them to identify the plants, animals, soil, and habitats that exist in each with an emphasis on conservation and preservation of those ecosystems.
Seventh graders create ecosystems in a jar which they observe over the course of the school year.
Eighth graders design posters of working ecosystems using pictures from magazines. They label autotrophic, heterotropic, or saprotrophic energy sources, and identify predators and prey.
Sixth graders examine the factors that influence the stability of ecosystems. They construct a miniature ecosystem in a jar that includes plants, small fish, and snails, record the population changes over a period of four weeks, and write sentences using ecology vocabulary words.
Seventh graders create a model of an ecosystem and label it to show structure and function. They research the food web of an aquatic animal and also trace energy flow from the primary producer up the food chain.
Students discuss the different types of ecosystems and the composition of biomes. Working in groups, they define various related terms and make posters of them. Then they explain their posters to the class.
Fifth graders examine plants and animals in two ecosystems and compare them. In this ecosystem survival activity, 5th graders compare and contrast a coral reef and kelp forest ecosystem. Students investigate the abiotic and biotic factors of the ecosystems. Students complete related worksheets for the topic.