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Breaking Down Ecosystems

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Ecosystems are crucial in allowing for the flow of energy. In this collection, learners look at how energy flows from one organism to another through food chains and food webs. With videos, interactives, and worksheets, the material in...
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Ecosystems and the Flow of Energy

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
Different ecosystems thrive in various places, with a variety of habitats, including specific plants and animals that have adapted to survive in those specific conditions. But they all have one thing in common: all of the energy that...
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Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
What do elephants and plankton have in common? They both rely on the sun for the energy required to live. The resources in this high school science collection explore the flow of energy through ecosystems and the interdependent...
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Student Version - Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
What do elephants and plankton have in common? They both rely on the sun for the energy required to live. The resources in this high school science collection explore the flow of energy through ecosystems and the interdependent...
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Sustainable Design and Biomimicry in a Desert Ecosystem

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Challenge young engineers to design a sustainable guest village in Arizona’s Saguaro National Park. A collection of four lessons and five activities provide designers with all the information they need to complete the challenge of living...
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Climate Change in My Backyard: Grades 7-9, Unit 1

For Teachers 7th - 9th Standards
Engage young scientists in a study of climate change with a collections of lessons that combine online research with labs, videos, activities, nature walks, and a NASA data analysis tool to examine different Earth's systems and how they...
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Climate Change in My Backyard: Grades 5-6, Unit 3

For Teachers 5th - 6th Standards
The third unit in a series of four looks at Earth's system responses to natural and human-induced changes. Fifth and sixth graders learn about how living things and ecosystems are impacted by changing climates. They collect data on plant...
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Everest Education Expedition

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Young explorers investigate the biodiversity of Mount Everest and the Himalayan Mountain ecosystem through hands-on and interactive activities. They examine the effects of climate change on the mountains, analyze maps, take a virtual...
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Climate Change in My Backyard: Grades 10-12, Unit 1

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
A four-lesson collection asks high schoolers to consider their role in climate change. They study the carbon cycle, the role of greenhouse gases, factors that effect the rates of photosynthesis and respiration, and the services...
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Climate Change in My Backyard: Grades 7-9, Unit 2

For Teachers 7th - 9th Standards
A pre-test launches a unit study of whether the weather is changing. After reviewing the differences between weather and climate, scholars examine historical climate data and then compare regional weather changes with overall global...
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Climate Change in My Backyard: Grades 7-9, Unit 3

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Living things and ecosystems respond to and are affected by climate change. In this collection of four lessons, students learn about how researchers—now and in the past—have used plant lifecycle events to understand climate. Pupils...
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Biodiversity

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Biodiversity, from genes to ecosystems, is the focus of a four-video collection hosted by Britt Garner. The narrator discusses biodiversity, evolution, defining intelligence, and other complex topics. As a bonus, she models how to break...
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Project PARKA: Planting AntaRctica in KAnsas

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
What happens in the Antarctic doesn't stay in the Antarctic. A thought-provoking collection of four lessons examines how climate change is affecting the Antarctic and the rest of the world's oceans. Although designed for Kansas' Student...
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Crash Course: Biology

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Imagine an entire biology course in one collection of 40 videos! Based on the AP Biology curriculum, viewers learn about the things that make up living things and the processes that keep organisms alive. They also learn how to identify...
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Food Chains Around the World

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
It's a dog-eat-dog world - or is that hawk-eat-grasshopper? Take a look at a collection of presentations, videos, and activities about the food chain in different parts of the world.
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Habitats

For Teachers Pre-K - 1st Standards
Here's a fun collection of habitat curricula aimed at very young students. Learners explore a vast array of subject areas through this topic, not to mention all of the field trip options!
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Climate Change in My Backyard: Grades 10-12, Unit 3

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
A four-lesson collection has scholars collecting data to determine how climate affects phenology. The unit begins with class embers collecting life-cycle data on their campus. They then collect, graph, and analyze data on trees to show...
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Crash Course: Ecology

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Viewers take a Crash Course in Ecology with a 12-video collection that takes a look at where organisms come from, how they interact, and how they influence their environments. The videos, appropriate for in class or remote learning, use...
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Study Jams! Changes in Ecosystems

For Students 5th - 9th Standards
Our scholarly friends head to the lake to go fishing and are unpleasantly surprised by the algae filling the water. They talk about primary and secondary succession as different ways that ecosystems are changed. Show the short video,...
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Recipe for an Ecosystem

For Students 1st - 6th Standards
Creating an ecosystem is as simple as baking a cake. Well, maybe not, but using a recipe analogy helps learners realize that ecosystems consist of different components that come together in unique ways. Offer this worksheet as an...
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Ecosystems

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Living and non-living things are both a part of an ecosystem. A video begins with ecosystem interactions using biotic and abiotic factors. It also covers food webs, limiting factors, and logistic growth. As a real-world connection, it...
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Build Your Own Ocean Ecosystem

For Teachers 5th - 6th Standards
Hold the sea in the palm of your hand! Amateur oceanographers work together to create models of an ocean ecosystem in the sixth and final installment in a series. Raise awareness of global ocean health issues through guided research,...
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Ecosystem Lesson Plan: Food Chain/Food Web

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Students discuss ecosystems, eliciting their current knowledge of an ecosystem. Students receive an Ecosystems document and look at the picture. Students brainstorm connection between the cover picture and ecosystems. The indicated...
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Ecosystems

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
A critical look into the structure and function of ecosystems is here for young learners as a series of lessons and worksheet activities. Topics covered include land-based and marine ecosystems, connections to the water cycle, food webs,...
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Energy Flow in Ecosystems

For Teachers 7th - 12th
This smart slide show outlines energy flow in ecosystems. It addresses the sun as the primary source of all energy, flows into explanations of photosynthesis and respiration, and explores trophic feeding levels and productivity....
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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...
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Grade 5 Literacy in Science: Ecosytems

For Teachers 5th Standards
How do humans affect ecosystems? Learners read two articles and interpret a graph to develop essays on the human impact on ecosystems. They read about human impact on tigers and manatees as a basis for their overarching papers.
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Dynamics of Ecosystems

For Students 9th - 12th
A set of guided notes walks your biology or environmental studies learners through the dynamics of ecosystems. They write short answers to questions about the energy budget, food webs, trophic levels, and biogeochemical cycles. One way...
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AP: Chapter 54: Ecosystems

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
A lot of learning is packed into these 23 questions about ecosystems. Advanced biology classes apply their knowledge of communities, productivity, biogeochemical cycles, and human impact on the environment by writing short answers for...
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DIY Ecosystem

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Over five days, super scientists complete activities in preparation for building an ecosystem. Pupils read and answer questions, classify living, and non-living things in the classroom, view an engaging video, and complete a worksheet....
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Aquatic Ecosystem Exploration

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars visit a local stream, pond, creek, or river and collect macroinvertebrates. They sort macroinvertebrates and identify each species using a dichotomous key. Students decide on trophic levels and construct a possible food...
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Study Jams! Aquatic Ecosystems

For Students 5th - 9th Standards
Mia's friends are fish-sitting while she is away on vacation. Zoe divulges to Sam that different animals need different habitats, and that there are both freshwater and saltwater ecosystems. Examples of the kinds of organisms found in...
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Earth's Endangered Ecosystems

For Teachers 7th - 8th Standards
A vegetable garden is an example of a man-made ecosystem. Here, learners explore the natural ecosystems of the world. In groups, scholars determine the problems their assigned ecosystem faces and, as a class, reach a consensus on the...
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Introducing Ecosystem Services

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Purifying air and water, providing soil in which to grow crops, and moving water through its natural cycle are all services an ecosystem provides that benefit humans. Lesson four in a series lets learners explore and discuss the value of...
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Go Eco! Ecosystems

For Teachers 7th - 10th
How is a movie theater like a desert biome? Compare systems to ecosystems with a set of activities that focuses on accessing multiple intelligences and building upon knowledge. As learners discuss the ways elements of an ecosystem depend...
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Ecosystem Pre-Assessment

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Test scholars' knowledge of ecosystems with a 20-question pre-assessment. Assessment challenges learners to answer multiple choice questions, read diagrams, and complete charts.
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Aquatic Ecosystems

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Aquatic ecosystems are important in nutrient recycling and play a major role in supporting all of the different biomes. Learners explore a variety of aquatic ecosystems including freshwater and marine areas with a helpful presentation....
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Taiga Ecosystems

For Students 4th - 5th Standards
Introduce your class to another type of ecosystem, the taiga ecosystem, through a reading passage. Class members read the text and then respond to five reading questions about the content of the passage.
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Chaparral Ecosystems

For Students 4th - 5th Standards
Explore the impact of wildfires with a reading passage about ecosystems. Pupils read the passage and respond to five questions related to the content of the text.
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Bio Build-up

For Teachers K - 5th Standards
Trace pollutants through the environment in the seventh lesson plan of this series on the science of food. Looking at a picture of the plants and animals in an aquatic ecosystem, learners use dot stickers to represent harmful chemicals...
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Ecosystems and Change

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Pairs of ecologists select an animal and investigate an ecosystem from its point of view. This simple activity involves Internet research and putting together a presentation of collected information. 
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Ecosystem Exploration

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
After hearing a 1901 excerpt from John Muir's nature notes, emerging ecologists embark on an ecosystems exploration. In the schoolyard, they take their own nature notes as they observe the weather, soil, plants, and animals. 
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Designing a Real Life Ecosystem!

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers research abiotic and biotic factors concerning the concept of an ecosystem. Record and analyze data collected. Write a lab report in proper and scientific format with thinking and analytical skills. Work as a cooperative...
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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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Human Impact on Ecosystems

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
An environmenta science unit includes three lessons plus a cumulative project covering the ecosystem. Scholars follow the history of the Ford Rouge Factory from its construction on wetlands and how it destroyed the environment to its...
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Energy Flow in Ecosystems

For Students 9th - 12th
Twenty-two straightforward questions query your emerging ecologists on energy flow through ecosystems. They review abiotic and biotic factors, trophic levels, photosynthesis and cellular respiration, food chains, and primary...
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Food Webs and Making Miniature Ecosystems

For Teachers 6th - 7th
Students model a food web and create a miniature ecosystem. In this animal interactions lesson, students engage in a role playing game which simulates a food web. Students then build miniature ecosystems using pop bottles, snails, plants...
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Ecosystem Dynamics

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Searching for an eccentric way to enhance lessons on ecosystems while ensuring pupils remain creative and motivated? Upon viewing The Lorax by Dr. Seuss, designated groups design and construct a pop-up book that depicts the specific ways...
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LS2C - Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning and Resilience

For Teachers 3rd - 12th Standards
How do ecosystems react to change over time? Show your class how natural and man-made factors affect the organisms in an area using the guidelines in a video about standard LS2C. Topics include biotic and abiotic factors, biodiversity,...
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Changes in Ecosystems

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
How does water pollution affect the environment? Provide your class with the resources to answer this question as they learn about eutrophication and ecosystem changes. Over two weeks, they simulate the effects of pollution on the...
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Modeling changes to Ecosystems Part 1

For Teachers 4th - 7th
Students record changes in an ecosystem. For this science lesson students make a hypothesis about changes in a terrarium. They record their observations. The students conduct an experiment to test their hypothesis.
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LS2B - Cycles of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems

For Teachers 3rd - 12th Standards
Produce, consume, decompose...repeat! Examine how matter and energy cycles in ecosystems by watching a video discussing NGSS standard LS2B. The narrator explains the requirements of the standard at each grade level, plus gives tips to...
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LS2A - Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems

For Teachers K - 12th Standards
Everybody needs somebody... especially in nature! Show your young ecologists the finer points of NGSS standard LS2A, Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems, using the helpful ideas in the video. The narrator discusses the...
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Causal Patterns in Ecosystems Section 3

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Young scholars design and create a worm and worm free compost tanks for observation of decay in ecosystems. They make predictions, care, and revist tanks using their journals for observation and data collection.
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Mineral Cycling Through the Ecosystem

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students explain the role of different organisms in the food web. In this ecology activity, students participate in a game to simulate mineral cycling through the web. They discuss the importance of recycling minerals and resources.
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Coastal Peru: The Amazing Biodiversity of a Coastal Ecosystem

For Students 3rd - 8th Standards
Peru's coastal ecosystem is only one of the country's amazing features. But travelers don't need passports, expensive plane tickets, or heavy suitcases to examine the biodiversity of coastal Peru. Armed with a field trip log and graphic...
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Coastal Ecosystems: Salt Marshes and Mangroves

For Teachers 7th - 12th
What factors drive a coastal ecosystem? Marine biology or environmental studies classes find out by viewing this presentation. They meet the fauna and flora of salt marshes and mangroves. They are familiarized with threats to these...
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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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Ecosystems of the World

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers are able to list different ecosystems and describe their environment and organisms. They have an understanding about the function and balance of the ecosystems. Students are able to tell what type of ecosystem the St....
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Using Venn Diagrams to Compare Two Ecosystems

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Students explore the distribution of two ecosystems on a global scale; and map the distribution of tropical and temperate rain forests throughout the world. They use a Venn Diagram to describe these ecosystems and the differences between...
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Standard 4-Ecosystems

For Teachers 9th - 12th
In this ecosystem worksheet, students answer questions about energy pyramids, food chains, consumers, producers, decomposers, biotic and abiotic factors in an environment, natural selection and the importance of biodiversity in an...
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Amazing Grazing: Keeping Our Ecosystem Running

For Teachers K - 6th
Students discover the value of sustainability within our ecosystem. For this ecological lesson, students discuss the importance of a food cycle in our society, and how humans can improve the conservation of a healthy ecosystem....
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Changes in Ecosystems

For Students 9th - 10th
In this changes in ecosystems worksheet, students complete 21 various types of questions related to ecosystem. First, they determine whether each statement is true or false based on vocabulary. Then, students determine whether natural...
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A Salt Marsh Ecosystem

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
What a web we weave. Pupils use yarn as the primary resource to create a web depicting the intricacies of a salt marsh ecosystem. They participate in a question and answer session, which leads to an in-depth facilitated discussion about...
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Academic Raceway: Biomes and Ecosystems

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Answer multiple choice questions about biomes and ecosystems to get to the finish line in this interactive PowerPoint! This is a fabulous resource to give to individual students, in order to help prepare them for a science assessment.
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Ecosystems

For Teachers 9th - 12th
With the world's largest collection of geysers, many visitors end up overlooking the wildlife natural to Yellowstone National Park. Join Mr. Andersen as he shows your class about the different species living in the park and illustrates...
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Introducing Ecosystem Services

For Teachers 7th - 9th Standards
Ecosystems provide many things humans not only use but also need in order to survive. The last lesson in the series of seven introduces scholars to the idea of ecosystem services, that ecosystems provide humans with many things we need....
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Ecosystems

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Explore the Earth's different ecosystems through four lessons, an assessment, and extension activities. Lessons include informative text and step-by-step instructions to apply knowledge in interactive, and thought provoking ways; such as...
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Climate and Forest Ecosystem Services

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
Forests, through sequestration, capture excess carbon dioxide in our atmosphere and store it, aiding in climate change. The third installment in a four-part series on how climate impacts forests explores carbon sequestration. Classes...
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Ecosystems

For Students 4th - 5th Standards
Examine how living and non-living things work together in a reading passage about ecosystems. Class members read the text and then respond to five response questions that relate specifically to the content of the passage.
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Importance of Deep-Sea Ecosystems – How Diverse is That?

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
When judging diversity of an ecosystem, both species evenness and species richness must contribute. After a discussion of diversity and a guided example using the Shannon-Weaver function, scholars use the same function on two other...
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Ecosystem Interdependence: Managing Salmon for Healthy Forests

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Examine the impact the fishing industry has on local ecosystems. The hands-on lesson begins with an experiment that tests the effectiveness of fish-based fertilizers. It continues with a computer-based module that simulates sustainable...
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Energy Flow in an Ecosystem

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Every living thing requires a food source, thus the interconnections in ecosystems become complex. Scholars learn about these interconnections in a presentation on energy flow. It starts with the sun and moves through many different...
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Energy Flow in Ecosystems

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Emerging biochemists more fully understand the flow of energy in ecosystems as they explore the laws of thermodynamics and relate them to energy transfer in food chains. They also investigate heat loss from the human body and how...
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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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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 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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Mangrove Ecosystem

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Eager ecologists explore ecosystems through video and photographs of a Mangrove. They discuss the animals in this habitat and how they interact with each other after reading and discussing "The Sea, the Storm and the Mangrove Tangle."...
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Desert Ecosystems

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Introduce your class to the desert ecosystems using this colorful and informative presentation. This resource discusses desert plants and animals. It also identifies the deserts in the Southwest region of the United States. There are...
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Study Jams! Ecosystems

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
With the forest as an example, Sam and Zoe talk about the components biotic and abiotic of an ecosystem. They also discuss the role of producers, consumers, and decomposers. This concise clip covers all of the basics. As an introduction...
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Arctic Food Chain

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
Explore the food chains that support Arctic ecosystems. A class discussion on interdependence and the different roles plants and animals play in ecosystems provides students with the knowledge to complete a worksheet asking them to...
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How Ecosystems Work

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
The interactions among the members of an ecosystem are what keeps all organisms living together successfully. Using an informative PowerPoint, individuals learn about how energy cycles through ecosystems in food chains and food webs....
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Changes in Ecosystems: Ecological Succession

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Can an area with no soil turn into a forest? Scholars learn about the process of ecological succession using an interesting presentation. It covers both primary and secondary succession in the building of new ecosystems.
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The Web of Life - Ecosystem

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Students examine the concepts of ecosystems and interdependence. They construct block pyramids to demonstrate interdependence, and map off an area to observe and identify animals. They create food chain mobiles and play a web of life game.
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Exploring the "Systems" in Ecosystems

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students study ecosystems then analyze their components.  In this ecosystem lesson students analyze ecosystems and their parts, then they research on the Internet the components and fill out their worksheets.
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Examining the Effects of Pollution on Ecosystems

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students examine the different types of tests used to measure the environmental effects of hazardous waste. They work together to determine the impact of pollution on different ecosystems. They read a case study and answer questions to...
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Ecosystem

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students distinguish between natural and man-made ecosystems.  In this exploratory lesson students describe preventative measures to ecological problems.
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Habitat Web

For Teachers K - 6th Standards
Young scientists weave together an understanding of ecosystems with this fun collaborative activity. Taking on the roles of different living and non-living elements of specific habitats, learners use a ball of yarn to create the web of...
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Levels of Organization within an Ecosystem

For Students 5th - 10th Standards
From tiny organisms to entire biomes, young scientists examine the interdependent relationships tying all living and non-living things together with this collection of ecology resources.
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The Marvels of Mud

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
Young scientists roll up their sleeves and get a little dirty in this three-day earth science investigation. Following the scientific method, children monitor the growth of algae in pond water samples in order to determine the role that...
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Why Is Biodiversity So Important?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
There are millions of plant and animal species on the planet, but why do we need so many? Follow along with this short video as it explains how biodiversity helps strengthen ecosystems, allowing them to adapt to change so that life...
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Mammals and Ecosystems

For Teachers K - 5th Standards
Mammals have unique interactions with their ecosystems. Using a multi-part lesson, learners research local mammals using recommended websites and use their findings to create their own paper ecosystems including appropriate mammals. They...
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Ecosystems-The Essential Connection

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students develop their abilities to solve problems both in school and in a variety of situations similar to that they have encountered in life. They define the term ecosystem in nature by comparing them to familiar organizational...
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Endangered Ecosystems

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Reading comprehension and note-taking skills are practiced as young ecologists embark on this journey. Explorers visit a website where they will read about three ecosystems that are in danger. They use interactive programs to build a...
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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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Coastal Ecosystem Connections

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Students study ecosystems and storms effect on them. In this ecosystems lesson, students discuss how tropical storms effect ecosystems. Students read the Ocean News article and then work in groups to research an ecosystem. Students list...
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Interacting With Ecosystems

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students discover how living things depend on nonliving things in the environment for survival. They explore the ecosystem and develop a list of the basic needs of plants and animals. Students create their own food chain.
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Ecosystems and Communities

For Students 6th - 8th
In this ecosystems and communities worksheet, students complete the following sentences with information as it relates to aquatic ecosystems. Students identify the biotic and abiotic factors in aquatic ecosystems.
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Ecosystems

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Young scholars work in small groups to create a poster illustrating the flow of energy through a typical ecosystem, then present their posters to the class.
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Community and Ecosystems

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students complete a unit of lessons on ecosystems. They participate in online activities, create a diorama, write journal entries, and develop a Hyperstudio multimedia project on a selected ecosystem.
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Trophic Relationships, Cycling of Chemicals, Human Impact on Ecosystems and Conservation

For Teachers 7th - 11th
Students explore how the energy flow through a system is related to trophic levels. They investigate how organisms affect the cycling of elements and water through the biosphere. Students participate in lab activities to observe ways...
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Ecosystems

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Learners examine biodiversity in plant life and what an ecosystem is composed of.  In this ecosystem lesson students go around their school and collect specimens and examine the plant species they encounter. 
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School Yard Park/ Ecosystem

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders examine ecosystems in their schoolyard. In this nature and ecosystem instructional activity, 5th graders map their schoolyard into workable plots. They classify plants and animals found in the plot. They revisit their site...
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ELD Lesson Plan: Ecosystems

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
From the depths of the oceans to the peaks of the mountains, your class will see the world with new eyes after this lesson. In a discussion about different ecosystems such as the jungle, the tundra, and the grasslands, they will describe...
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Connecting Ecosystems & Climate

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Collaborators sort a set of cards into biotic and abiotic categories. Then, as a class, they discuss their work and relate each of the abiotic components to climate change. Finally, they form a web of components by connecting those that...
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Dive Into Worlds Within the Sea

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Make connections between ocean organisms. Individuals explore three different ecosystems in the ocean. With an online interactive, they learn how different organisms depend upon each other. Learners first answer questions to connect...
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Food Chain Activities

For Teachers 2nd - 6th Standards
Transform young biologists into grasshoppers, lizards, and hawks as you teach them about food chains in an interactive life science simulation. Working collaboratively to act out three different scenarios involving these creatures,...
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Rainforest Ecosystems

For Students 4th - 5th Standards
Rainforests are the topic of this brief reading passage. Learners can find out all about the different layers of the rainforest as well as the types of creatures that live there. After reading, they respond to five questions about the text.
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From Salmonberry to Sagebrush - Exploring Oregon’s Native Plants

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Take a deep dive into Oregon's ecosystems, plants, and changes from the past to the future. Many hands-on activities in an environmental science unit delight scholars, including creating a field guide for a local park. The in-depth study...
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Ecosystems and Climate

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Students examine climatic effects on ecosystems. They plant tomatoes and observe the differences in plant growth with differences in light. They create picture collages of plants, animals, and insects found in each climate of the U.S.
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Ecosystem Change

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Climate change has happened throughout the history of the planet, and the video uses examples from continental drift to modern airplanes as measurable examples. It begins with how climate change will impact systems on the planet. Then it...
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Breaking the Food Chain

For Students 3rd - 5th Standards
Throughout history, the growth of big cities has resulted in the destruction of ecosystems. In the case of Chicago, IL, a grassland that was once home to bison, deer, wolves, and foxes quickly became a booming city of over three million...
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Ecosystem Study

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students collect an ecosystem in a jar from a local pond and record what happens in the ecosystem. In this ecosystem lesson plan, students observe the food chains and human impact that occurs in ecosystems. Students also take readings at...
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Study Jams! Biomes

For Students 4th - 8th Standards
Do you know the difference between a biome and an ecosystem? Teach elementary ecologists exactly what a biome is with this captivating cartoon! It discusses six biomes: taiga, tundra, deciduous forest, desert, tropical rainforest, and...
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Biomes and Ecosystems

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students study biomes and ecosystems. They watch videos on rainforests and the food web and select a country of ancestry or interest to research. They write a report on the flora and fauna of their selected country. They present to...
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Ecosystems Scavenger Hunt

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders identify the basic elements of an ecosystem and their individual roles. In this life science lesson plan, 8th graders conduct a scavenger hunt in their local ecosystem. They collect evidence and explain how each component...
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Surviving in Our Ecosystems

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders investigate the balance of ecosystems and how each species has different survival needs. They research on the internet using the site included. They then participate in activities/centers utilizing the facts they discovered.
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Vocabulary: Types of Ecosystems

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Pupils practice using vocabulary words from life science. They will investigate the ecosystem and the terms that are associated with it. In addition, they will complete a fill-in-the-blank exam using the vocabulary words.
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Forest Ecosystem

For Teachers 1st - 5th
Students become familiar with the temperate rainforest.  In this forest ecosystem lesson plan, students identify the producers, consumers and decomposers in the forest ecosystem.  Students sort cards and identify the trophic level of the...
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Visualizing Vocabulary in an Ecosystem

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders observe the pond ecosystem. In this ecosystem lesson, 6th graders observe the organisms at the pond and create a poster that illustrates the pond.
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Ecosystem Game

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Students examine the ecosystem by playing a game. In this ecosystem lesson, students are put into groups of decomposers, consumers, and producers. Students create a list of animals that fit into each group and items that represent...
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That's Predictable - Stream Side Science

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Research the impact that changes in biotic or abiotic factors might have on an ecosystem. Debate for or against the changes and take action in the community. This resource ideally follows stream studies that young ecologists may have...
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Design a Reef!

For Teachers 7th - 8th
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...
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Eutrophication

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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Bug Lyphe!

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Introduce ecology classes to biodiversity and interdependence in ecosystems with a PowerPoint presentation. Then, they get up-close and personal with the invertebrate world by collecting insects, classifying them, and graphing their...
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Facts II: The Aspen FACE Experiment

For Teachers 9th - 10th
The Aspen FACE (free-air carbon dioxide enrichment) Experiment was set up in Wisconsin to assess the effects of increased carbon dioxide and ozone on forest ecosystems. Environmental science learners examine and graph the growth index...
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Circle of Life

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Here is a well-designed science instructional activity that shows learners that everything that organisms do in ecosystems, including running, breathing, burrowing, growing, requires energy. After a thorough discussion of their own...
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Earth Day Unit Plan: Pollution in the Anacostia River - Biology Teaching Thesis

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders are able to explain that there are pollutants in the Anacostia River, what these pollutants can cause, and how to prevent further pollution. They examine the impacts that the pollutants of the Anacostia River could have on...
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“THE LORAX” by Dr. Seuss

For Teachers 1st - 3rd Standards
Few children's books convey the message of conservation as well as Dr. Seuss' The Lorax. Read the story aloud, emphasizing the interconnectedness of plants and animals in an ecosystem and discussing different ways people can help the...
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Habitats and Food Chains

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
Uncover the world of animal habitats, food chains, and the ecosystems with this well-put-together presentation. Each slide contains information and images that represent various aspects related to the ecosystem. Habitat, animal...
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From the Top of the Food Chain Down: Rewilding Our World

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
A eloquent narrative and unique animation expound on the megafauna and megaflora that once dominated the planet and helped keep ecosystems in balance. Is there anything that can be done to undo the damage we've done? The speaker proposes...
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Bird Ecology Unit

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders conduct various activities utilizing the scientific method to formulate a hypothesis, conduct a controlled experiment, collect and analyze the data and communicate their results through a poster. They also identify...
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Ecosystems

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore the characteristics of an ecosystem, gather animal specimens relevant to their investigation, and record data gathered on the interactions between the temperature, climate, and life cycles of the organisms in the area.
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Ecosystems

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
An in-depth look at ecosystems is outlined in this 13-slide PowerPoint. Learners will learn about different types of ecosystems on our earth. An activity is provided on slide eight, as well as three scenarios to analyze on slide nine....
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Populations

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
The largest concentration of free-roaming wildlife in the continental United States is found in Yellowstone National Park. A video describes the three main types of population interactions: mutualism, commensalism, and parasitism. It...
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Ecosystem Concept Map

For Students 6th - 9th
How do ecosystems change? How do organisms keep their ecosystem going? Learners use a word bank to fill in 12 blanks that describe the functionality of ecosystems.
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Ecosystem Enigmas

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Students explore ecosystem enigmas. Pretending to be an ecologists, students solve ecosystem enigmas. They discuss human inventions and how they affect the ecosystem. Students participate in an activity to describe the relationship...
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Evaluate Ecosystems

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders conduct an environmental inventory on one ecosystem. They collect data, and write an environmental impact statement on that area. Students explain the interactions between different systems found within an ecosystem....
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Urban Ecosystems 5: In Defense Of Cities

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students 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 in an...
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Biodiversity in a Wetland Ecosystem

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Online activities make learning about wetland biodiversity interactive! First, ecologists navigate through National Geographic's 56-page "GeoStory" about US wetland ecosystems. They use the FieldScope tool to investigate the Barataria...
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Earth's Ecosystems

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Young scholars complete pre reading, writing, and post reading activities for the book Earth's Ecosystems. In this guided reading lesson plan, learners complete writing, go over vocabulary, answer short answer questions, have...
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Ecosystem Ecology: Links in the Chain

For Teachers 7th - 12th
A video starts by defining an ecosystem. It expands on the concept by covering trophic structure, primary producers, primary consumers, secondary consumers, tertiary consumers, detrivores, and bioaccumulation. 
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Taiga Ecosystems

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
After reading a short article about taiga ecosystems, middle schoolers are asked to identify the characteristics of this chilly environment.
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Importance of Deep-Sea Ecosystems – The Benthic Drugstore

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
You never know what you will find next in the deep sea ecosystem. So far, scientists have found items that work as anti-tumor agents, anti-inflammatory agents, agents that stop uncontrolled cell division, and much more. The lesson begins...
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Deep-Sea Ecosystems – Entering the Twilight Zone

For Teachers 5th - 6th Standards
Imagine an ecosystem without any light or oxygen, where living things convert carbon dioxide into food. This ecosystem is thriving and might just be the largest ecosystem on our planet, yet we know very little about it. The lesson...
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Nature Walk and Ecosystem Introduction

For Teachers 7th - 9th Standards
A food web has no organism higher than a tertiary consumer because there wouldn't be enough energy left to sustain them. The fourth installment in a seven-part series begins with a nature walk to get pupils thinking about their...
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Deep-Sea Ecosystems – Life is Weird!

For Teachers 7th - 8th Standards
A pool of brine in the deep sea can be up to four times as salty as the surrounding sea water. The deep sea ecosystem relies on chemosynthesis and the organisms that live there are often strange to us. The lesson focuses on researching...
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Climate Change and Arctic Ecosystems Case Study

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Scientists predict that climate change will increase the annual temperatures in the arctic by at least three degrees, precipitation by 20 percent, and the area of land covered by snow will decrease by approximately 15 percent. Activity...
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A Plant's-Eye View

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
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...
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Studying Grassland Ecosystems

For Teachers K - 5th Standards
At first glance, grassland ecosystems might seem dull and uninteresting, but once you start to explore it's amazing the things you'll find! Through this series of engaging lessons, activities, and experiments, elementary students examine...
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Diving the Deep

For Teachers K - 6th
Children research plant and animal components of marine ecosystem, visualize undersea life, and picture themselves wearing scuba-diving equipment needed to explore underwater. Students then create underwater scene in which they explore...
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Food Chain

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Two to four players receive seven cards each, with plants, animals, or nitrates depicted. They place what they have onto their own empty game board with the objective to complete a food chain. The game is a fun way to reinforce learning...
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Our Earth

For Teachers 8th - 10th
In this Earth's environment worksheet, students complete a crossword puzzle given 35 clues about a variety of topics related to our Earth. Topics include ecosystems, precipitation, biomes, energy transfer, soil, weathering and rocks.
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Ecology and the Biosphere

For Students 7th - 12th
Ecology enthusiasts explore ecosystems with this activity. They define vocabulary terms and write out answers to questions about distribution and abundance of life. They complete a chart comparing abiotic and biotic factors of Earth's...
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Cut and Paste Food Chain

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Young scholars study life science. In this food chain lesson, students discover the different types of animals that make up an ecosystem. They discuss as a class and then work independently on a food chain activity. This lesson includes...
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Scallops - The Scoop on Scallops

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Activate your future scientists' minds by teaching them about scallops, then give them an opportunity to analyze scallop populations within and outside of protected ocean areas. If you want to explore the effects of protecting...
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Elementary Ecosystems

For Teachers K - 4th
Students explore the basic species interdependency within an ecosystem. They explore how one species can affect several others. They discuss the importance of biodiversity in an ecosystem.
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Species Diversity in Ecosystems with Different Techniques of Land Management

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers visit numerous places to help in their understanding of Ecology. In this biology lesson plan, students will learn about characteristics and how to identify numerous plants and animals. This activity allows for many field...
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Endangered Ecosystems

For Teachers 5th - 9th
Students explore the concept of endangered ecosystems.  For this ecosystem lesson, students are grouped into certain endangered species groups.  Students research and learn about their ecosystems.  Students wrap up with a discussion. 
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Our Nearby Ecosystem

For Teachers 2nd - 8th
Students observe the ecosystem of sea otters and create a mapping activity, coast walk survey, and more. In this ecosystem lesson plan, students share their findings and collect data.
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Ecology - Ecosystem

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders research ecosystems, the work of ecologists, John Muir's contribution to the environment and an endangered species of their choice. They read books, participate in discussions, and write reports.
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Ecosystem Soil Study

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders take soil samples and analyze the samples and ecosystems found within them.
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On the Verge of Displacement

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
By having scholars tackle this interdisciplinary instructional activity, they'll see how social studies and environmental science are related as they explore the impact that the construction of a dam will have on the population and...
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What is an Ecosystem?

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Take a brief look at the Florida Everglades. What kinds of animal populations exist there? Use this video to help define introductory vocabulary for your unit on ecosystems, and click the links posted below the video to provide your...
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Importance of Deep-Sea Ecosystems – What Killed the Seeds?

For Teachers 7th - 8th Standards
Most drugs used today come from nature, so the discovery of new ecosystems in the deep sea is exciting from a medical perspective. Scholars develop their own bioassay to test germination rates in seeds. 
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Producers, Consumers, Decomposers, Oh My!

For Teachers 4th
The amazing world of ecosystems is the focus of this science lesson. Pupils research examples of producers, decomposers, and consumers. They identify the ways these plants and animals create a balanced ecosystem. Small groups are given a...
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9th Grade

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders discuss the principal source of energy entering the marine ecosystem. They name some of the autotrophs at the Maui Ocean Center. Students name some of the heterotrophs at Maui Ocean Center. They are taught that plants are...
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The Biogeochemical Cycles

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
The majority of this presentation is a collection of diagrams and graphs that back your lecture on biogeochemical cycles. The last few slides define ecosystems and the Gaia hypothesis. You may find these slides valuable, but will...
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The Carbon Cycle

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
When it comes to the carbon cycle, the sky really is the limit. The lesson begins with observing a closed ecosystem in a bottle. Then, scholars discuss and answer questions on the carbon dioxide and oxygen cycles. 
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Next Generation Stewards Introductory Lesson

For Teachers 4th - 5th Standards
Ecosystems are complicated. The results of the reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone Nation Park illustrates the interconnectedness of the flora and fauna in a given ecosystem. After watching a video about the changes the wolves...
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Living & Non-Living Interactions

For Teachers 2nd - 6th Standards
What better way to learn about ecosystems than by getting outside and observing them first hand? Accompanying a field trip to a local park or outdoor space, this series of collaborative activities engages children in learning about the...
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That’s An Otter Story

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Young scientists discover how sea otters' habitats have changed due to human impact. Through conversation, video observation, and story reading, scholars identify how human interactions change a specific ecosystem in both positive and...
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Feedback Loops: How Nature Gets Its Rhythms

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Explore the role of feedback loops in maintaining nature's delicate balance with this short science video. Introducing the concepts of positive and negative feedback, multiple examples are presented that explore the intricate web of...
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Photosynthesis, Respiration, and the Carbon Cycle

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Provide your class with the opportunity to view our carbon cycle close up. Young scientists research the cycle of oxygen as it completes the tasks of photosynthesis and respiration. They explore the importance of carbon in an ecosystem...
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Termite Activity Enhances Ecosystem Productivity and Stability

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Termites in your house? Bad. Termites in your garden ... good? Discover the good side of an insect that often gets a bad rap with an interesting animation. The narrator discusses how termites break down plant material, what the soil...
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Energy Flow Through an Ecosystem

For Teachers 7th - 10th Standards
One of the key concepts in life science and biology is the cycling of energy throughout an ecosystem. Learners can take notes on the topic using the vocabulary included within the presentation. From producers making their own food...
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A River Ecosystem

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Young scholars examine the components of a river ecosystem. They discuss the picture and text from the book, "A River Ran Wild," and create a mobile of a river ecosystem using magazine pictures or original drawings.
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Mini-Ecosystems

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Students study the food chain by listening to a teacher read aloud and discussing consumers and decomposers. They make a balanced ecosystem to observe the changes within each.
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Biomes: Adapting To Deserts & Other Ecosystems

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers examine how animals must be adapted to the conditions of its environment to survive.  In this biomes activity students research desert adaptations then discuss how these animals have survived. 
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Exploring the Web of Life

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students develop a classroom definition of and explore ideas related to ecosystems. They create a food web using pictures and yarn.
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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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Managing the Everglades Ecosystem

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers explore the Everglades ecosystem using the Internet. To develop a picture about conservation of resources in the context of the Everglades. Explore relationships between species and habitats. Develop an idea of how human...
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Ecosystems & Africa Worksheet

For Students 9th - 12th
In this geography skills worksheet, students read the noted pages in their textbook about Africa's ecosystems and the complete the provided graphic organizer. Students also respond to 11 short answer questions.
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Biotic and Abiotic Factors

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Life is complex. Just a slight change in the population of one species will have a substantial change on the biotic and abiotic factors of that species' environment. In this video, Mr. Andersen explains the effects removing wolves from...
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Ecosystems Lesson Plan

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students research ecosystems (rainforest, desert, grassland, woodland, and arctic tundra). Students compare the seven continents and the importance of proximaty to the equator.
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Getting to Know the Ecosystems of Houston

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders explore and explain the ecosystems in the city of Houston. In this ecosystems lesson plan, 5th graders explain how living organisms depend on each other and use adaptive characteristics to survive.
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Exploring Ecosystems

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students examine the relationships between plants, animals, and the environment in ecosystems. They sort animal cards, collect natural materials from the schoolyard, and record an ecosystem web in the form of a poster.
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Exploring Ecosystems

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students examine the characteristics of an ecosystem. They create their own landmass of an ecosystem and creating a map of the area. They develop a brochure sharing information about their new landmass.
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An Ecosystem: The Rain Forest

For Teachers 5th
The Great Kapok Tree is a book that depicts what life is like for animals in the Amazon Rainforest, it also kicks of this lesson on ecosystems. Students complete a Tropical Rainforest food web assignment using the enchanted-learning web...
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Student Exploration: Forest Ecosystem

For Students 4th - 6th
In this ecosystem exploration worksheet, students complete 2 prior knowledge questions, then use "Forest Ecosystem Gizmo" to conduct several activities, completing short answer questions when finished.
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Ecosystems: Biotic and Abiotic Factors

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders examine proper journaling techniques, and record observations about at tree after listening to a read aloud of "Four Worlds: The Dine Story of Creation." They study the difference between living and non-living things, and...
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Ecosystems and Communities

For Students 6th - 8th
In this ecosystem worksheet, students match the definition and the term. Students fill in the blank with terms that are related to ecosystems. Students write the letter of the phrase that best supports the questions asked.
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Glow-Fish Under The Sea

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Students engage in a lesson plan that is concerned with the concept of ecosystems. They focus upon conducting research to find information about the water ecosystem. The facts are used as influence to create a drawing of an underwater...
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Folktales and Ecology: Animals and Humans in Cooperation and Conflict

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Story elements such as conflict, character analysis, resolution, and moral are discussed and charted as elementary children read folktales involving animals. An element of science is also introduced as learners discover what a keystone...
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Water Ecosystems

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Freshwater and Saltwater ecosystems are the focus of this Earth Science PowerPoint. Presentation is full of interesting facts, photographs, and maps. A slide with review questions appears at the end of the presentation. Very nice!
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Tell Me Why - Environment and Ecosystems

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
All of the species in our world are part of what is called a trophic level. Basically, it determines an organism's position in the food chain. Introduce your learners to the basic levels and have them identify more organisms that could...
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Vultures: The Acid-Puking, Plague-Busting Heroes of the Ecosystem

For Students 6th - 12th
Vultures may be difficult to imagine as super-heroes. They eat rotten meat, puke acid, and certainly aren't very attractive. However, recent research has shown how essential they are to the ecosystem. A short animated video reveals how...
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Grasslands of North America and Africa: 3-5

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Take young ecologists on a trip through the grasslands of North American and Africa with this pair of life science lessons. Engaging students in learning about the plants and animals that call these regions home, this life science...
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Section Two: Why is Biodiversity Important?

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Explore soil, genetic traits, natural resources, and pollution in a series of lessons that focus on biodiversity. Kids complete experiments to learn more about the importance of varied genes and organisms in an ecosystem.
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Ecological Pyramids interdependence, food chains, food webs, trophic levels

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Young scientists explore the interdependence of organisms with this simple life science activity. Using the provided template, students create and label tiered pyramids that model the hierarchy of trophic levels in ecosystems.

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