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Ecosystem Explorations


  • Project TitleEcosystem Explorations
  • ThemeFood chain, plants, bees, ants, earthworms
  • Submitted ByPASS Program
    Webster Middle School
  • Organization21st CCLC
  • Brief DescriptionA nine lesson unit in understanding the importance and interdependence of the ecosystem
  • Materials / ResourcesListed in each lesson separately
  • Team membersLinda Neff and Linda Atwood

Key Questions

  • Connections: How or why was this topic identified? Why is it meaningful?This topic coordinates with grade three and four curriculm.
  • Background Research: What resources were used to find background information for this project?This project was developed in coordination with a training of STEM activities for the Central Region of 21st CCLC programs.
  • Outcomes: What was the outcome? How was it shared or applied in the community?It has been taught in our PASS Afterschool Program.

Instructional Techniques

  • Group workStudents work in groups to determine parts of a food chain
    Students create habitats in groups
  • Journal writing Students keep a journal to record new learnings
  • Teacher directedStudents keep word banks and listen to stories
  • Hands onStudents create a honeycomb and bee wih labeled parts
    Students create a food web with yarn and 3x5 cards

Assessment Techniques

  • Teacher observationsStudents will create and label parts of a bug
    Students will create a habitat.
  • Class discussionsStudents will explain a food chain.
  • Art ActivityStudents will create a honey comb and be able to explain it.

Frameworks / Skills

  • Science Framework (K-8)
    01 Life
    Classify plants and animals according to the physical characteristics that they share#
    (Science Framework (K-8))
  • Science Framework (K-8)
    03 Life
    Recognize that plants and animals go through predictable life cycles that include birth, growth, development, reproduction, and death#
    (Science Framework (K-8))
  • Science Framework (K-8)
    08 Life
    Describe how organisms meet some of their needs in an environment by using behaviors (patterns of activities) in response to information (stimuli) received from the environment# Recognize that some animal behaviors are instinctive (e#g#, turtles bury
    (Science Framework (K-8))
  • Science Framework (K-8)
    10 Life
    Give examples of how organisms can cause changes in their environment to ensure survival# Explain how some of these changes may affect the ecosystem#
    (Science Framework (K-8))
  • Science Framework (K-8)
    11 Life
    Describe how energy derived from the sun is used by plants to produce sugars (photosynthesis) and is transferred within a food chain from producers (plants) to consumers to decomposers#
    (Science Framework (K-8))

Tags = ecosystems | biology | honey-bees | Subject = Science | Grade Level = Elem | Time Period = School Year | Program/Funding = 647 |
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