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ACTIVITY - Balancing an Ecosystem (Science)

ACTIVITY - Balancing an Ecosystem (Science)
ACTIVITY - Balancing an Ecosystem (Science)
ACTIVITY - Balancing an Ecosystem (Science)
ACTIVITY - Balancing an Ecosystem (Science)
ACTIVITY - Balancing an Ecosystem (Science)
ACTIVITY - Balancing an Ecosystem (Science)
ACTIVITY - Balancing an Ecosystem (Science)
ACTIVITY - Balancing an Ecosystem (Science)
Product Description
Balancing an Ecosystem (Science)
Appropriate for grades 4-6 & Homeschool


PURPOSE:
This activity uses an online interactive tool found at https://www.learner.org/ to simulate the interactions of different species within an ecosystem. It is such a cool resource that lets students explore what would happen in hypothetical situation so that they can understand interdependence, carrying capacity, population growth and extinction.

WHAT’S INCLUDED:
This product contains:
         ☆A Two-Page Student Response Sheet containing many questions to get students thinking about interactions in an environment
         ☆Answer key included

STORY:
While preparing a few lessons on population size of species in an ecosystem, I began scouring the internet for an interactive model which allows students to manipulate the food web and see the repercussions within the ecosystem. I found such an interactive website at www.learner.org. I created a 2 page activity complete with some instructions and some deeper thinking questions which allows students to explore the topic on their own and develop understanding.

POSSIBLE EXTENSIONS:
After this activity, my students and I ended up playing the classic “Oh Deer” game to further understand interdependence within an ecosystem.

MATERIALS/PRE-REQS:
Besides this file, you may require:
         ☆Computers or iPads that have internet access

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Total Pages
4 pages
Answer Key
Included
Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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