Topic: Community Ecology
55-slide PowerPoint with Notes for Teacher and Student
Ecology is one of the "must-teach" topics for any biology or life science class. The ecological inter-relationships that occur in nature are fundamental to an understanding of our world and how life interacts with the physical environment as well as with other living organisms. Ecology topics, such as global warming, ozone destruction, greenhouse gases, and habitat destruction, dominate the news. We must make sure that our students are knowledgeable in these topics so they can be informed decision makers in the future.
There is so much material to teach in a unit on Ecology that it can be overwhelming. I have divided the information into 6 separate units of instruction:
1. Introduction to Ecology
2. Population Ecology
3. Community Ecology
4. Ecosystems and the Biosphere Part 1: Energy Flow and the Recycling of Matter
5. Ecosystems and the Biosphere Part 2: Biomes of the World
6. Humans and the Environment
Please Note: This product is just for the third topic of instruction: Community Ecology
If you have never taught a lesson using a Powerpoint presentation, you have to give it a try! My students always prefer this to a traditional lecture. The use of eye-catching photos and diagrams rarely fails to stimulate a lively class discussion.
This PowerPoint is on "Community Ecology". It consists of 55 slides that are colorful, informative and visually stimulating. Pictures and diagrams are included that will greatly enhance your instruction to your students. This product also includes a set of notes for the teacher (5 pages) and a set of notes for the student (8 pages). Graphics, diagrams, clip art, and photographs were chosen to capture the attention of the student as the lesson is being taught.
PLEASE NOTE: This PowerPoint is also included in my Community Ecology Complete Lesson Plan Bundle
Topics covered in this lesson are:
1. Community Interactions: Definition of community, types of community interactions such as competition, predation, symbiosis, mutualism, commensalism, and parasitism.
2. Competition: Definition of competition, resource, competitive exclusion principle, character displacement, many examples, resource partitioning, the result of organisms having identical niches.
3. Predation: Definition, examples, predator, prey, the role of natural selection, adaptations found in predators, adaptations found in prey, mimicry, adaptations found in plants and herbivores.
4. Symbiosis: Definition of symbiosis, types of symbiosis, mutualism, commensalism, parasitism, examples of each.
5. Properties of Communities: Species richness and diversity, definition of species richness, definition of species diversity, the species-area effect, the result of habitat destruction.
6. Succession: Disturbances, definition and examples of disturbances, types of succession, primary succession, examples of primary succession, secondary succession, examples of secondary succession, pioneer species, climax communities.
7. Succession in a Marine Ecosystem: A Whale-Fall Community.
This PowerPoint was written with a typical biology I class in mind. It can easily be edited to meet your needs.
Also included is a set of notes to accompany this PowerPoint. It includes a complete set of notes for the teacher, and an outline of the notes for the students. Students will use the outline as the PowerPoint is being presented and will fill in the notes as the lesson is being taught. I always include both the Word document and a pdf of the notes.
Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks for looking.
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