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Students present information about a species, its niche, and adaptations. In this lesson on animal environments, students explore how surroundings can affect a given population resulting in adaptation.
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.
Twelfth graders explain relationships and interactions between species, the difference between a fundamental niche and a realized niche. They explore the various species interactions from their classmates through the jigsaw activity.
Students investigate the effects of institutions on human behavior. They explore various niches that are encountered as man exists in the ecosystem and discuss both the effects of heredity and the environment on human behavior. They provide a framework which can be related to our everyday ideas for our changing behavior.
Students design a functional model of a coral reef ecosystem. In this coral reef lesson, students identify the energy sources and material cycles of a coral reef. They write an essay about their niche in their own ecosystem.
Students build mine-earthworm habitats to discover their niche in them. They make predictions about what the niche looks like in a week and draw a picture of it. Students notice the tunnels in the soil and how the sand and dirt are now mixed before releasing the worms into the environment.
Student compare and contrast a habitat and a niche. They explain an animal's habitat, niche, and the possible relationship it may have with other organisms. Students create and draw a new organism and describe its habitat.
Students examine the differences between biotic and abiotic factors, explain the difference between habitat and niche and compare how organisms get their nutritional needs.  In this local environment lesson students trace the path of energy and matter in an ecosystem. 
Students examine the differences in pH tolerance between the two species and relate these differences to their respective niches.
In this niches worksheet, students will observe 2 different bird species around their home or school and complete a chart comparing the birds' food, home, habits, and description.
Third graders, in groups, research animals, plants, and conditions found in ecosystems.
While this is not the traditional, step-by-step lesson plan, it is chock-full of material that you can easily incorporate into your earth history unit. Its main purpose is to serve as a guide to using a three-part film, The Day the Mesozoic Died, which uncovers evidence in the fossil record for the mass extinction at the end of the Cretaceous period. Key concepts, background information, discussion points, and quiz questions are provided. There are also several links to related resources such as video lectures, slide presentations, and posters.
High schoolers research abiotic and biotic factors concerning the concept of an ecosystem. Record and analyze data collected. Write a lab report in proper and scientific format with thinking and analytical skills. Work as a cooperative team.
Students view a video clip about animals and their habitats. They work together to discuss how different animals adapt to their environments. They create a new habitat for a specific animal and draw new adaptations for them.
Students watch a program examining the crowned lemur and cave-dwelling crocodile of Madagascar. While they watch, they take notes on prey and predators, the role of the animals in their community and how they are different. To end the lesson, they participate in an experiment in which they analyze a food web from different regions in Madagascar.
Learners explore coral reef ecosystems.  For this ecosystems science lesson, students research coral reef ecosystems to determine the major functions the participating organisms must perform.  Learners construct a miniature coral reef ecosystem incorporating materials necessary for survival based on their research. Extensive background information is provided.
Students study what a niche is and its role in a community.  For this cats lesson students research the Internet for information on big cat species. 
High schoolers are introduced to invasive species and how they affect the ecosystems they now occur in. They explore the basic life histories of several invasive species that are of regional and or national importance. Pupils investigate how these species are detrimental to the ecosystem by competing with the native species.
Students are introduced to the various organisms that live in a salt marsh. They recognize adaptations of organisms that live in the salt marsh. Pupils review concepts of the ecosystem and niche. Students explain the different roles in an ecosystem using the example of a salt marsh. They demonstrate how abiotic factors such as wind, sun, water and oxygen affect biotic factors in an ecosystem.
In this ecology worksheet, 6th graders will review ecology vocabulary words by circling the word that doesn't belong in each group of words for 6 questions. Then students will determine if 9 statements relating to animal and plant roles in a ecosystem are true or false. Students will complete a chart and place animals given as a producer, consumer, or decomposer. Finally, students will complete 3 multiple choice questions.

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