Recipe for an Ecosystem

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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 activity as an extension activity during a unit on ecosystems, to accompany a reading of Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, or as a fun activity to celebrate Earth Day.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Pros
  • Provides a creative outlet for learners to apply knowledge about ecosystems
  • Allows students to support their ideas with illustrations
  • Includes definitions and examples of key vocabulary
Cons
  • Assumes prior knowledge about the relationships between living and nonliving components of an ecosystem
  • Not a complete lesson, requires explicit instruction about ecosystems