Ecology Stations Activity Engage Explore Food Webs Trophic Pyramids Ecosystems


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Are you searching for an engaging and comprehensive resource to teach your students about the intricate world of ecology? Look no further! These “Ecology Exploration Pack” is a versatile and dynamic collection of stations designed to captivate and educate your students about food webs, trophic pyramids, biotic and abiotic factors, and more. With this resource, students will gain a deeper understanding of the delicate balance within ecosystems and the interconnectedness of living organisms.

This pack consists of eight stations, each carefully crafted to provide a unique learning experience.

What Students do:

Station 1: “Students Read about Food Webs and Chains with Questions” Engage your students with informative reading materials that explore the fascinating world of food webs and chains. Accompanying questions help assess their comprehension and critical thinking skills.

Station 2: “Students Read about Biotic and Abiotic Factors, Fill in Charts, Draw a Diagram” Students dive into the concept of biotic and abiotic factors, charting their characteristics and drawing a diagram to visualize a pond ecosystem.

Station 3: “Students Make a Trophic Pyramid, Explain the Removal of a Species” Encourage hands-on learning as students construct their trophic pyramid, a tangible representation of energy flow within an ecosystem. They’ll also explore the consequences of species removal, fostering a deeper understanding of ecological balance.

Station 4: “Students Make a Food Web” Through interactive activities, students unravel the complexity of food webs and their significance in maintaining a healthy ecosystem.

Station 5: “Students Read & Watch a Video about Decomposers” Engage multiple senses as students explore the vital role of decomposers through both reading materials and captivating videos.

Station 6: “Students Do 20 Task Cards” Challenge your students with 20 thought-provoking task cards, reinforcing their knowledge of ecological concepts and promoting critical thinking.

Station 7: “Watch a Video & Answer Questions about Ecosystems” Students deepen their understanding of ecosystems through engaging videos followed by comprehensive questions.

Station 8: “Students Identify Producers, Consumers, and Decomposers in a Food Web and Make a Food Chain” With this hands-on station, students become ecosystem detectives, identifying key players in food webs, constructing food chains, and cementing their knowledge of producers, consumers, and decomposers.

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These stations will engage, inspire, and educate your students. Unlock their curiosity, foster critical thinking, and empower them to become environmentally conscious citizens. Start exploring the wonders of ecology with our comprehensive resource now!

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This resource includes the following:

-Student Handout

-Directions for each station

-Cards for the food web

-20 Task cards

Concepts Included:

• Cycling of Matter and Energy in Ecosystems

• Interactions in Ecosystems

• Energy Flow

• Ecosystem

• Biotic and Abiotic Factors

• Trophic Pyramid

• Food Web

• Food Chains

• Carnivore

• Herbivore

• Omnivore

• Primary Producer

• Primary Consumer

• Secondary Consumer

• Tertiary Consumers

• Decomposers

LS2.B:  Cycles of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems

• Food webs are models that demonstrate how matter and energy is transferred between producers, consumers, and decomposers as the three groups interact within an ecosystem. Transfers of matter into and out of the physical environment occur at every level. Decomposers recycle nutrients from dead plant or animal matter back to the soil in terrestrial environments or to the water in aquatic environments. The atoms that make up the organisms in an ecosystem are cycled repeatedly between the living and nonliving parts of the ecosystem. (MS-LS2-3)

LS2.C:  Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience

• Ecosystems are dynamic in nature; their characteristics can vary over time. Disruptions to any physical or biological component of an ecosystem can lead to shifts in all its populations. (MS-LS2-4)

PS3.D:  Energy in Chemical Processes and Everyday Life

• The chemical reaction by which plants produce complex food molecules (sugars) requires an energy input (i.e., from sunlight) to occur. In this reaction, carbon dioxide and water combine to form carbon-based organic molecules and release oxygen. (secondary to MS-LS1-6)

• Cellular respiration in plants and animals involve chemical reactions with oxygen that release stored energy. In these processes, complex molecules containing carbon react with oxygen to produce carbon dioxide and other materials. (secondary to MS-LS1-7)

LS1.C:  Organization for Matter and Energy Flow in Organisms

• Plants, algae (including phytoplankton), and many microorganisms use the energy from light to make sugars (food) from carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and water through the process of photosynthesis, which also releases oxygen. These sugars can be used immediately or stored for growth or later use. (MS-LS1-6)

• Within individual organisms, food moves through a series of chemical reactions in which it is broken down and rearranged to form new molecules, to support growth, or to release energy. (MS-LS1-7)

LS2.A:  Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems

• Organisms, and populations of organisms, are dependent on their environmental interactions both with other living things and with nonliving factors. (MS-LS2-1)

• In any ecosystem, organisms and populations with similar requirements for food, water, oxygen, or other resources may compete with each other for limited resources, access to which consequently constrains their growth and reproduction. (MS-LS2-1)

Cause and Effect

Cause and effect relationships may be used to predict phenomena in natural or designed systems.

Systems and System Models

Models can be used to represent systems and their interactions—such as inputs, processes and outputs—and energy, and matter flows within systems.

Patterns Observed patterns in nature guide organization and classification and prompt questions about relationships and causes underlying them.

Energy and Matter: Tracking energy and matter flows, into, out of, and within systems helps one understand their system’s behavior.

Stability and Change:

For both designed and natural systems, conditions that affect stability and factors that control rates of change are critical elements to consider and understand.


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