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Ecosystem - broaden concepts related to ecosystem

Last Updated: Apr-29-2009

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Developed By

  Kristin Wilson
Lynore Warn
Kim Maciejewski
 

Lesson Title

  Ecosystem - broaden concepts related to ecosystem
 

Length of Lesson

  3 weeks
 

Lesson Unit

  Ecosystems
 

Grade

  6
 

Subject

  Science
 

Strand

  Life Science
 

Michigan Content Expectations

  LECM.1; LEC06.11; LEC.06.21; LEC06.22; LECM.2; LEC06.23;LEC.06.32; LEC.06.42
 

Keywords

  Population; competition; resource depletion; species extinction; endangered species; predator/prey; habitat
 

Materials

 

Classroom response system

4 diff. color paper/cut into squares

graph paper

forks, spoons, knives

cups

beans (all different types and sizes)

Pollination cards of flowers and animals

 

 

Abstract

 

These activities/lessons demonstrates how population is affected by resources and outside sources.  They also provide background knowledge on ecosystems as a whole and broken down into parts.

 

Big Idea(s)

 

The ecosystem is made up of biotic and abiotic organisms.

 

Essential Questions

 

How does the ecosystem work?

How do species populations change over time?

Why are animals particular who they are predators/prey with?

How does competing with other animals affect the whole ecosystem?

 

Learning Objectives

 

Students will be able to:

Explain the ecosystem and how it relates to them.

Explain how populations change over time.

Determine what challenges animals face in the environment.

 

Summative Assessment

 

Speed dating:  Use your knowledge of your species that you are given on the card to identify your partner in pollination.

Deer Activity:  Use the color square you have to determine who you are (ex:  blue is water.)  Using your knowledge of resources and environment interaction with outside elements, show what your needs are and how your species population will be affected. 

Competition Activity:  Use a tool - fork, knife or spoon - and think of an animal you could portray in the ecosystem.  Compete with other students with other tools to collect your prey (beans.)  In a timed competition, begin putting as many beans in cup as you can (one at a time.)  Share your results.  Switch tool and experience being a different animal.  Participate in class discussion and share results.

 

 

Lesson Opening

 

Show slide show of ecosystems.

Use United Streaming's "Ecosystems:  Organisms and their Environment"

 

 

Lesson Opening Co-teaching Plan

 

Both teachers will lead and supervise discussion and viewings.

 

Exploration

 

Competition Activity:  Use a tool - fork, knife or spoon - and think of an animal you could portray in the ecosystem.  Compete with other students with other tools to collect your prey (beans.)  In a timed competition, begin putting as many beans in cup as you can (one at a time.)  Share your results.  Switch tool and experience being a different animal.  Participate in class discussion and share results.

 

Exploration Co-teaching Plan

 

Both teachers will participate in explaining and supervision of activities.

 

Check for Understanding

 

Use the clickers (classroom response system)  to answer and demonstrate knowledge after all activites.

Written response to "Competition" activity including:

1.  what tool you used each time

2.  did you find a strategy to gather more?

3.  compare the difference between the two tools

 

Check for Understanding Co-teaching Plan

 

Both teachers will help with the assessment of writing piece.

 

Explanation

 

Return to Ecosystem in text book.

Guiding questions:

1.  How does the ecosystem work around me?

2.  How are all organisms connected in some way?

 

Explanation Co-teaching Plan

 

Both teachers will participate in guided questions and discussions.

 

Check for Understanding (2)

 

Deer Activity:  Use the color square you have to determine who you are (ex:  blue is water.)  Using your knowledge of resources and environment interaction with outside elements, show what your needs are and how your species population will be affected. 

 

Check for Understanding Co-teaching Plan (2)

 

Both teachers will supervise.

 

Extended Practice

 

Online learning:

Each student will look for a current event that they think will affect the ecosystem and write about how.

 

Closing

 

Students will share their current event and read their paragraph how it will affect the ecosystem.

 

Closing Co-teach Plan

 

Both teachers will assess results and final assignment.