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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