Ecology, Ecology, Ecology!
– These completely student-run twelve ecology stations require approximately one week to complete. Aligned with the NGSS, these ecology stations focus on these main ideas: food webs and food chains, adaptations, relationships among organisms, effects of resource availability on organisms, biomes, relationships among nonliving parts of an ecosystem and its organisms, and biodiversity.
Students will receive a packet to complete as they travel from station to station in groups. All materials needed for the stations are included in the document. Five of the stations require computer/ipad access.
Below is an overview of what is at each station. In the preview, you can see exactly what station twelve will look like. I hope your students enjoy these as much as mine!
Station One – Students read blurbs about the relationships of different organisms and answer questions in their student packet.
Station Two – Students analyze food webs and create food chains from the existing food web.
Station Three – Students watch a real-life segment of a video about how the change of an ecosystem affected the organisms.
Station Four – Students review ecology-specific vocabulary words.
Station Five – Students interact in a physical simulation about how the environment affects the survival of an organism.
Station Six – Students read an online interactive article about El Nino in which the physical components of the ecosystem affected the organisms living there.
Station Seven – Students read situation cards and predict and decide what to do.
Station Eight – Students watch a segment about how plants adapt to the physical components in their ecosystem.
Station Nine – Students interact in a physical simulation in which they see the effects of resource availability on a population of bears.
Station Ten - Students interact in an online simulation analyzing the adaptations of birds for each specific environment.
Station Eleven – Students watch a segment on the different biomes of the world and answer questions on their student packet.
Station Twelve – Students read blurbs about specific endangered species and learn about the reasons they are endangered as well as the benefits they have to humans. Students decide if humans should make an effort to save each endangered species and why.