The key to success in teaching a unit on ecology is to provide good instruction followed by a good review exercise. When I teach ecology, I begin with a mini-unit called "Introduction to Ecology".
This document is a 5 page student worksheet consisting of 49 questions. As I am teaching my introductory unit on ecology, I assign a portion of these questions for homework each night. This document provides quality homework assignments and ends up being a completed and thorough study guide for the unit test. This worksheet of homework questions and problems was written to go along with my Powerpoint on this same topic: Introduction to Ecology PPT and Notes
All answers are included in the additional 4 page teacher guide that is included with this product.
The questions are of varying difficulty levels. Question types include compare and contrast, fill in the blank, short answer, multiple choice, and true/false. Many of the questions are basic and concrete in nature, but many of the questions involve critical thinking and problem solving skills.
Your download will include both a Word document as well as a pdf of this extensive homework/study guide.
PLEASE NOTE: This product is also sold in a complete unit plan bundle of products called Introduction to Ecology Complete Teaching Unit Plan Bundle of Products
This study guide is appropriate for any biology or life science class with students in grades 7 - 12.
Topics covered in this lesson are:
1. What is ecology?
2. The Role of Climate: What is the difference between weather and climate? What factors affect climate?
3. The State of Today's Environment: The exploding human population, the sixth mass extinction, the damage to the ozone layer, and climate changes.
4. The greenhouse effect, greenhouse gases, human activities that contribute to the greenhouse effect.
5. The Effect of Latitude on Climate: Polar zones, temperate zones, and tropical zones.
6. Heat Transfer in the Biosphere: Winds, currents.
7. Levels of Ecological Organization: Biosphere, ecosystems, communities, populations, and organisms.
8. The living and the nonliving components of an ecosystem.
9. The theme of interconnectedness and interdependence in ecology.
10. Biotic and abiotic factors
11. Habitat -vs- Niche.
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