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4,069 reviewed resources for ecosystems

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Web of Life

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
Students collect information about various organisms in a forest ecosystem and create a mural that depicts organism interdependence. They then simulate a food web using a ball of string.
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Why preserve biodiversity?

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students view photos of endangered species on the Internet and discuss the reasons why these animals are threatened and why they should be protected. They use the words: biodiversity, ecosystem, and extinction in sentences to demonstrate...
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The Living Environment

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students explore the cycles of an ecosystem.  In this environmental science lesson, students work in groups to research the nitrogen cycle, the water cycle, or the oxygen-carbon dioxide cycle. Students prepare a PowerPoint or other...
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Microclimate in the Schoolyard

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers examine the microclimate-climatic conditions in a relatively small area-in their schoolyard, and compare these conditions to those of prairie communities. They determine how their ecosystem compares with and differs from...
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Plants of the Past

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders explore ecosystems by examining plants of the past. They discuss ways in which we interact with plants in our daily lives. Students discuss the role plants play in providing food for animals and the significance they had...
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Terraqua Columns

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students participate in a discussion about their personal ecosystem and the organisms they interact with on a daily basis. After a discussion, they work in groups to build TerrAqua columns, which they work with for a two to three week...
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Spring of Life

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students explore Florida's springs using video segments. In this video lesson plan, students examine Florida's springs ecosystem, the animals that live there and the red tide that threatens the environment. The lesson plan includes...
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Bugs in the Woods

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders identify insects and plants in the forest ecosystem in a structured field trip with stations and activity booklets.  In this bugs lesson, 2nd graders explore the ecosystem of the forest, complete the booklet and play the...
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Sea Connections

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Students, after locating different marine habitats on a globe, play a card game about ecosystems, food webs and organisms.
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Butterflies in the Garden

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students estimate the population of a butterfly ecosystem and create a chart and graph based on information they find.
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Producers and Energy Transfer

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders discuss the relationship between producers, consumers, and decomposers as they look at the energy pyramid. While working in small groups, they create an ecosystem that includes all or some of the given categories, and they...
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Habitat Mural

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Learners build a collage of an ecosystem. The goal is for them to understand interactions in a community, plant and animal adaptations, and how all life depends on plants. This activity is based on Wump World and students describe what...
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The Mechanisms of Decay and Decomposition

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders study how all living things die. They are introduced tot he life cycle and the concept of an ecosystem. Students have a introductory exposure to trophic levels (producer-consumer-decomposer) in the environment.
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Ecology: “Who Lives Where & Why?”

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders explore biomes and ecosystems. In this ecology lesson, 6th graders research various biomes in order to explain the factors (biotic & abiotic and human activity) that help the various plants and animals that exist in the...
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Decomposers- Nurse Logs

For Teachers 1st - 4th
Students investigate temperate forest ecosystems. In this environmental lesson, students discover different forms of decomposition and its effect on the environment.
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Columbus Travel Agency

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders research about their chosen ecosystem. In this life science lesson, 8th graders play the role of travel agents and create a travel brochure. They share this in class.

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