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Who wouldn't want to read a book about monster plants? Get those kids into informational texts with an engaging topic, like meat eating plants! You'll use the teaching guide to provide structured practice as your class reads to comprehend. They'll make predictions, preview vocabulary, define cause and effect, and engage in small and full group discussions. Everything needed for instruction is included in this well-constructed resource.
A series of lab activities helps to fill ecology classes in on the production of biofuels. They perform chromatography and fermentation experiments, writing up their own lab reports for each activity. The lesson concludes with a discussion of ethanol as an alternative source of energy. Plenty of teacher support is provided: vocabulary list, materials, procedures, resource links to articles, and more!
Here is a 25-page plan that descirbes a series of lessons designed for third graders. In the plans, youngsters dive into the variety of Native American societies, and the vast array of ecological environments in which they existed. An astounding amount of wonderful in-class activities are described in these plans, and all of the worksheets you need to implement the plans are embedded in each. Highly recommended for any third grade study of Native American life.
Learners study South America's Itaipu Dam and Power Plant in order to gain an understanding that hydroelectric power is a major means of generating electricity throughout the world. They also look into the environmental impacts that these types of power plants have on the environment and the animals who live there. This very impressive, 24-page plan is chock-full of terrific activities, worksheets, maps, websites, and an assessment. Very good!
You will get much mileage out of this resource. It is three presentations in one! Standard general ecology information is included within these 69 slides. The first segment deals with levels of organization, biotic and abiotic factors, biomes, biodiversity, and the flow of energy. The second section focuses on nutrient cycles. The final installation examines population dynamics with an emphasis on problems accompanying overpopulation. The font may be considered "cute." This is easily altered if this is not to your liking. Otherwise, this is a terrific resource!
Does salt water affect a plant cell differently than fresh water? High schoolers will work together to answer this question through a series of observations of macroscopic and microscopic observations. The investigations are straightforward and easy to follow, and they also lend themselves well to a full lab write up.
"Ecological Services" is a unique look at how natural ecosystems provide resources and supportive processes to sustain human life. It examines the value of food production, gases and water recycling, climate moderation, genetic records, pharmaceuticals, and even recreation. The conclusion of the presentation states that it is important to care for the web of life. This presentation would be powerful to show either at the beginning or on the final day of an ecology unit.
Using a stretched wire coat hanger as a quadrant, small groups of junior ecologists take population samples. They combine their findings to make a general ecological assessment. Unfortunately, within such a small square, there will rarely be much wildlife to count. Toss a handful of mixed pasta shapes or beans on their tabletops to represent different organisms and have them perform a simulation instead! Make sure to show learners a true one-meter square quadrant.
Who doesn't love a scavenger hunt? Have your class complete a scavenger hunt to become familiar with ecology in this engaging instructional activity that has them organize their items on a paper bag to illustrate information. Furthermore, learners will create a presentation about their "found" items.
Students make connections between their daily lives and the usage of natural resources as they relate to the importance of environmental quality. In this ecology lesson, students listen to the story The Lorax by Dr. Seuss and then discuss the impact of human actions on natural environments. Students explore how pollution affects wildlife and how water supply is connected to urban areas.