These 9 "Ecology Chat!" lab stations will ensure that your students have mastered the basic ecological principles and concepts in your introductory ecology unit. Students will work together to solve a problem, complete a task, and /or carry out a small experiment at each of the 9 stations. I use the word “chat” to emphasize to my students that they are to work together and have a productive discussion at each lab station in order to maximize their understanding and mastery of the concepts being covered.
What is included in this resource?
- 16 Pages of Student Worksheets
- 9 Ecology Chat Lab Station Instruction Cards
- 4 Pages of Food Chain Cards
- 6-Page Teacher Guide
- 15-Page Teacher Answer Key
- 5 Additional Lab Station Diagrams
What is the purpose of this activity?
This chat activity covers the topics found in an introductory ecology unit. Students will create a foldable graphic organizer to learn the levels of ecological organization and will practice their skills in reading and interpreting graphs. Students will carry out small experiments and will analyze and graph their data. Students will investigate a web site to learn about holes in the ozone layer and will use a deck of cards to create food chains and food webs. These lab stations will ensure that your students understand and master basic ecological concepts.
Do just a few lab stations or do them all! All materials are completely editable.
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What are the benefits of this activity?
- Group work is an important part of what we do in a science class, and it is a skill that will be needed throughout life. Lab station activities teach students how to work together to achieve a goal.
- Lab Stations break down the information into smaller and more manageable units. This prevents students from becoming overwhelmed when faced with massive amounts of information.
- These lab stations will ensure that your students have mastered the basic concepts of ecology.
What will the students be doing?
There are 9 lab stations. Students will rotate through the stations, completing the tasks at each station. Each station will highlight an ecology-related task to be completed by the group as well as a worksheet of analysis questions. There are 16 pages of student worksheets. Three lab stations have a one-page student worksheet. Five lab stations have a two-page student worksheet. One station has a three-page student worksheet.
Need to save paper? No problem! Place one copy of the student worksheet at each lab station and have students complete the work on their own notebook paper.
Concepts covered at each lab station:
Station 1: Levels of Ecological Organization
Station 2: Tolerance Curves
Station 3: Producers and Consumers
Station 4: Food Chains and Food Webs
Station 5: Ecology Acrostic Puzzles
Station 6: Biotic and Abiotic Factors
Station 7: The Greenhouse Effect
Station 8: Ozone Layer Web Quest
Station 9: Habitat and Niche
If your students do not have previous knowledge about the above concepts or the vocabulary used in a ecology unit, prior instruction will be needed before attempting these lab stations. These lab stations are not intended to be a “first day of instruction” lesson. These lab stations are designed for review, reinforcement, and to build upon the foundation of knowledge that your students already have. This resource does not include teaching materials such as textbook readings, informational text readings, or a teaching PowerPoint.
- Colored pencils or markers
- Microscope slides
- Pond water samples
- Paper toweling
- Radish seeds (40 per student group)
- Plastic petri dishes (2 per group)
- Graduated cylinder
- Tap water
- 10% salt water solution
- 2 glass jars or large beakers
- Aluminum foil
- Lab lamp
- Computer (desktop or laptop)
The 6-page teacher guide includes:
- Purpose of the activity.
- Description of what students will be doing.
- How to carry out your role as facilitator.
- Materials List
- Safety Precautions
- Complete instructions for how to set up each lab station.
- Tips and suggestions for successful completion of the activity.
This resource also includes a very detailed 15-Page Teacher Answer Key
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