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Food Webs

For Teachers 2nd - 5th Standards
Explore various ecosystems from around the world as your class discovers the interdependence of all living things. Using the provided sets of ecosystem cards, young scientists work in small groups building food webs to demonstrate the...
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Life in Tropical Rainforests

For Teachers 4th - 8th
You're a time traveler, reaching back 400 million years! See how rainforests evolved over time. Breathtaking views and captivating close-ups of rain forest critters engage learners and create interest.
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Coral Reef Ecosystem

For Teachers 4th - 8th
The coral reef ecosystem is abundant and lively. Dive in for an underwater view of the species living there. Polyps, urchin, barracudas, and eels (among others) exist in part because of the sun's presence in this ecosystem. Use this as...
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Urban Ecosystems 5: In Defense Of Cities

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers 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...
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Ecosystems and Remote Sensing

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers obtain remote sensing data to compare and contrast global biomass data with global temperature data.
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Carrying Capacity

For Teachers 5th
Young biologists identify how plants and animals are affected by changes in their ecosystem and environment.  The concepts of succession, maintenance of habitats, interrelationships, and adaptation are all discussed. This well-developed...
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Using Environmental Models to Determine the Effect of Acid Rain on an Ecosystem

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Demonstrate to your middle school science learners how chalk breaks down in a weak acid. Discuss what affects acidic rain might have on ecosystems. Lab groups then choose one of two questions: "How does acid precipitation affect an...
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Flower Power

For Teachers 10th - 12th
This fascinating series of four lessons use the paintings of artist Robert Harris to illustrate different types of ecosystems, and the harm that comes to them from human policy. A global view of environmental policies are studied, which...
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Secret Services

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
An amazing lesson on different types of "services" that organisms play within an ecosystem is here for your young ecologists. Learners take part in five simulations which illustrate one of these services. This 19-page plan has many...
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Plant Parts and their Function

For Teachers 3rd
Discover why plants are important to our world. View plant parts and categorize them as stems or buds. Students do a cut and paste of pictures of plants into correct categories.  Students also plant a carrot top,and record the growth and...
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Plants and Ecosystems

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
The relationships within and between ecosystems can be explored. after examining an area for living and non-living things students complete the same examination in the forest ecosystem. Students identify abiotic and biotic elements in an...
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Using Wisconsin Fast Plants to Teach Energy Flow into the Ecosystem

For Teachers 6th
The amazing process of a plant growing from a seed is the focus of this science lesson. Your class works in groups for a short time each day to document the growth of a plant they have sown from a seed. They utilize AlphaSmart devices,...
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Tropical Belt

For Teachers K - 4th Standards
Where in the world is the equator? Explore a world map with your class, coloring in oceans, continents, and rainforests while locating the three major lines of latitude: the equator, Tropic of Cancer, and Tropic of Capricorn. Discuss how...
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Pond Ecology

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Do you have a pond in your backyard? While typically used for recreational or aesthetic purposes, ponds actually provide a habitat for several species. Identify some of the benefits aquatic plants have on pond ecosystems, and learn small...
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Life in the Polar Regions

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Take a look at the coldest, windiest, and driest place on earth: the arctic! Very few species exist here, and those that do have undergone several adaptations to ensure their survival. Learn about some of these unique animals and their...
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The Salt Desert Shrub Ecosystem

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Take a peek at one of the harshest ecosystems in the world. Can you guess where it is? It's actually in Wyoming at the base of the Bighorn Mountains! Adapting to this harsh environment has been difficult, and only a few species are able...
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For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders engage in some activities that will help them to identify erosion and explain the causes of erosion. They also look into ways that humans can slow the process of erosion in some cases. After a teacher-led demonstration,...
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Food Chains

For Teachers 4th
Learners take a look at the relationship between organisms in food chains, food webs, and energy pyramids. After an opening demonstration by the teacher, pupils are split up into groups. Each one is assigned an environment such as:...
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Water Pollution

For Teachers 5th
Here is a fine lesson for fifth graders that will give them an idea of the variety of impacts that human-introduced pollutants have on the environment. After an initial class discussion and teacher-led demonstration, pupils brainstorm...
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Food Web II

For Students 3rd - 4th
Young ecologists are shown a picture of eight animals and two plants. On another piece of paper, they are asked to construct a food web that includes the animals pictured. They must also identify the producers, consumers, herbivores,...
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For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students observe the effects of eutrophication and determine why it is harmful to aquatic ecosystems. They create mason jar ecosystems to observe the growth of algae in pond water. In addition, they observe the effect of introducing...
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Dissolved Oxygen and Respiration

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Students are presented with the question, "Do plants that grow underwater use oxygen?" They create an experiment to test the presence of dissolved oxygen in the water using provided materials. Student experiments include a control jar as...
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Ecological Succession

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Brief, but befitting, this PowerPoint introduces onlookers to the concept of ecological succession. Photos and vivid diagrams bring the process to life. As a bonus, succession in aquatic ecosystems is explored. The presentation concludes...
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Energy Flow Through Ecosystems

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Middle or high school environmental studies classes will learn much from this presentation on energy in ecosystems. It covers the foundational topics of trophic levels, food webs, and nutrient cycles using informational text and...