Biotic and Abiotic Factors -- 5E Activity Bundle (NGSS MS-LS2-4)

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This 5E activity pack explores ecology concepts like biological and physical components of ecosystems (aka biotic and abiotic factors), ecological relationships, and changes in ecosystems. Activities touch on NGSS MS-LS2-1, MS-LS2-2, and MS-LS2-4. It includes a completely aligned writing assessment for MS-LS2-4 based on the Claim-Evidence-Reasoning format.

Students are engaged with fascinating real-world examples and given opportunities to write, discuss, and interact with classmates and technology. Both formative and summative assessments are included, and many activity resources can be used in multiple ways. Activities also support the use of interactive notebooks.

PLEASE NOTE: Some of the QR code links (specifically for the Engage task) are no longer working and will not be updated in a timely manner (as of the date of this Description posting update). These links are *extensions* and are not required to understand the basics of the scenario or complete the task. However, please keep this in mind when purchasing this resource.

These activities are part of a unit designed to meet the following standards:

MS-LS2-1 Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.

MS-LS2-2 Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems

MS-LS2-4 Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.

What’s Included in the 5E Activity Pack?

✻ Engage: Changes In Ecosystems

✻ Explore: Classifying Ecosystem Factors

✻ Explain: Biotic and Abiotic

✻ Elaborate: Interactions in Ecosystems

✻ Evaluate: Ecology Card Game (Formative); CER Writing Assessment

✻ Science Skills Activity: Interpreting and Using Data

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Activity Pack: Where Have All The Tree Frogs Gone? Mystery

Activity Pack: Population Sampling Activity

WebQuest: Animal Adaptations

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Total Pages
75+
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
1 Week
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Standards

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NGSSMS-LS2-1
Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem. Emphasis is on cause and effect relationships between resources and growth of individual organisms and the numbers of organisms in ecosystems during periods of abundant and scarce resources.
NGSSMS-LS2-4
Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations. Emphasis is on recognizing patterns in data and making warranted inferences about changes in populations, and on evaluating empirical evidence supporting arguments about changes to ecosystems.
Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table).
Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6–8 texts and topics.
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

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