In this project based learning unit students will work with their Planetary Exploration Team to visit an alien planet and document one of the delicate ecosystems that are found, “take pictures” of a specific habitat and its inhabitants, document the food webs and chains that exist in this habitat, and create a pamphlet or handout that describes the keystone species, prey animals, predators, producers, and abiotic and biotic factors. They will also create a display to showcase their learning. Students are given physical descriptions of the planets they are exploring, but use their imaginations, collaboration skills, and knowledge of adaptations and ecosystems to create the biotic and abiotic factors. This can be done completely without technology, or enhanced with technology.
You get a 31 slide PowerPoint that is fully editable to introduce the project and 10 pages of directions, graphic organizers and planners, peer and self evaluations, and a project rubric.
If you do this in class (like me) it can take upwards of 2 full weeks to complete. If you allow students to work on bits and pieces at home, it could be just a few class periods. It's up to you!