Topic: Introduction to Ecology
41-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 first topic of instruction: Introduction to 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.
This PowerPoint is on "Introduction to Ecology". It consists of 41 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 (6 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 product is also sold in a complete unit plan bundle of products called Introduction to Ecology Complete Teaching Unit Plan Bundle of Products
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.
As you can see these topics do not begin to scratch the surface of ecology. This lesson is the introduction that lays the groundwork for teaching all the concepts of ecology.
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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