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Seventh graders investigate the different types of biological niches there are in the world while gathering information to correctly define the concept. They choose an animal and use the information to design an art project that includes a writing portion that includes at least one paragraph.
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.
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.
Pupils 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.
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 instructional activity students trace the path of energy and matter in an ecosystem.
The piranha is the subject of a reading passage that is sure to engage your learners in a reading comprehension exercise. Pupils must employ multiple strategies to answer the questions based on the passage. Of particular value is the included answer key that details the logic used to identify the correct response. Did you know that there are 12 different species of piranha and one type eats only fruit?
Sometimes our kids grow like weeds. But in an invasive species activity, they have a chance to be a weed. After learning about what an invasive species is, and why they cause problems, take your class outside (or to the gym) and have them play a few rounds of the game, which should give them a more concrete understanding of how quickly non-native plants can take over. There is a significant amount of preparation for the lesson, but if you laminate your species cards, you can use them year after year.
Learners 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.
Here is an ambitious, but highly valuable undertaking: set up a miniature coral reef in your classroom. Young marine scientists research coral reef ecosystems and ensure all vital factors are included in their functioning model. The website for where to purchase a coral reef kit is included, as well as many other resource links.