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Students study the diversity of marine life and their habitats.  In this aquatic ecosystems lesson plan students complete a lab activity and experiment. 
Young scholars use their five senses to explore a river ecosystem. They experience how their senses provide them with additional information about the environment through the use of teacher made stream boxes.
Get deep with your elementary ecologists by introducing them to an extreme environment, the abyss. With a short video clip, a game that matches description cards to high-quality images projected on a screen, and a class discussion, learners will discover adaptations that allow organisms to survive in the deepest parts of the ocean. You will find a thoroughly written lesson plan, along with links to other related lessons. 
Students explain that while cities have unattractive features, the density of human life enables energy efficiency, mass transit, recycling, and other benefits which are difficult or impossible in rural areas. This is the fifth in an excellent series.
Students examine the relationships between plants, animals, and the environment in ecosystems. They sort animal cards, collect natural materials from the schoolyard, and record an ecosystem web in the form of a poster.
Tenth graders choose an ecosystem to observe the interaction of living organisms with biotic and abiotic factors in that ecosystem. They keep journals of observations and reflections in order to have a resource for further investigations in future lessons.
Students 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. Students practice studying and memorizing the information of each plant and animal by quizzing other students with the cards.
Eleventh graders examine the effects of the zebra mussel or other non-native species on Ohio's ecosystems. The zebra mussel is a non-native species that has both positive and negative impacts on Ohio's waterways.
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 compare the marine habitats of Maine and the Caribbean using temperature, tides, ocean currents, latitude and longitude. In this marine ecosystems lesson plan, 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.
Students explore wetland ecosystems. In this wetland lesson plan, students discuss and observe salt ponds and the organisms that live there. They explain how abiotic and biotic factors of species are important to survival.
Third graders study the temperate deciduous forest. In this ecosystem lesson, 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.