Plant Ecology Teacher Resources

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Students compare the interrelationships of organisms in their environment.  For this ecology lesson students complete a lab activity.
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. 
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!
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.
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!
Students observe the similarities and differences between plant and animal cells. In this cell activity, students use microscopes to observe self prepared slides of animal and plant cells.
Learners identify ecological elements and their factors on species, populations and food webs. They analyze ecosystems for these elements and research how these factors influence species survival rate. Predictions on conditions over time and change are documented.
In this ecology worksheet, students read the vocabulary words and then categorize a species found in a field, meadow, or fencerow in their state or region. Students complete 6 problems.
Students explore botany by completing plant science worksheets. In this plant anatomy lesson, students examine real vegetables in class using magnifying glasses. Students identify the plants anatomy and complete worksheets discussing vegetables.
Ninth graders describe the six levels of ecological organizations and give examples of each. They also differentiate between food chains and webs and identify trophic and consumer levels in food chain and food webs.
Students examine the plants and animals that make their home in wetlands. While observing, they make sketches of the ones they see with a pencil. To end the lesson, they use watercolors to paint their flowers and animals at the local wetland.
Students are introduced to forest during a tour of a forest. They complete a tree identification activity that includes tree sampling, plant characteristics, and tagging. Pupils continue with the tree identification activity and start a journal activity for personal site descripiton, observation and identification. Students present there tree identification activitiy of tree or plant species with characteristics and ecology of each.
First graders use senses to examine objective or events, then gather and interpret data with instruments. They design invention to support or refute hypothesis, then generate, record, and organize data. They improve environmental decision skills.
In this botany worksheet, students read a 2 page article on botany, choose the multiple choice answer to 3 questions, determine if 3 statements are true of false and fill in the blanks in 5 facts about botany.
This lesson is designed after research done on the ecology of soil lichen in the Tucson Basin area during the summers of 1997 and 1998. Its purpose is to guide students into adopting the problem solving thinking of ecologists. The lesson encompasses all t
Students take a field trip to the neighborhood pond. In this pond ecology lesson, students participate in hands on activities and record data based on the environment around the pond.
3rd graders will participate in a variety of tasks which help them to understand the basic concepts of plant growth. Research and reporting skills are developed as they gather information from various sources related to the use of plants by humans for food, shelter and clothing, and in the production of various products.
Who doesn't love a scavenger hunt? Have your class complete a scavenger hunt to become familiar with ecology in this engaging lesson that has them organize their items on a paper bag to illustrate information. Furthermore, learners will create a presentation about their "found" items.
Why is it important to look at the world from other species' points of view? Author Michael Pollan claims it is a way to reanimate the earth, realize Darwinian insights, and to take the food we need from the earth while healing it in the process. Pollan offers an in-depth look into permaculture and a self-maintained agricultural system modeled from a natural ecosystem. Make sure to periodically pause the video to check for understanding and explain concepts more fully to your class.
Students examine the relationship between animal adaptations, habitats and community interactions.  In this ecology lesson students complete a skull detective worksheet then use their knowledge to analyze a skull. 

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