Ecology Task Cards: The Biosphere

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This Ecology Task Card resource covers major topics and key terms of “The Biosphere”. You also get a PowerPoint Review with all the answers to share with your students! Print and laminate the cards in the size of your choice (1, 2, or 4 per page) in color or black & white to use as traditional task cards. Or, present the cards one at a time, or a few at a time, from the PowerPoint to the whole class. You can even use the PPT as a quiz! I like to use the Task Cards throughout a topic of study and then use the PPT Review on the day before the test. Designed for a high school biology class.

Please Note: this product is also available in a discounted Biology Task Card Bundle

This FULLY EDITABLE download includes 5 files:
1. Read This First includes product overview and suggestions for use, contact information, terms of use and image credits.
2. 35 Task Cards in PowerPoint format (each card is one slide), ready to print and laminate in your choice of sizes, in color or black and white. Delete slides you don’t need or add your own in a matching format by inserting duplicate slides.
3. A 35-slide PowerPoint with answers. Perfect for whole-class review after students have completed the Task Cards.
4. Student Answer Sheet, editable and ready to print
5. Teacher Answer Key

This product is the perfect complement to my The Biosphere PowerPoint and Notes.

Topics Include:
• biosphere
• population
• community
• ecosystem
• ecology
• autotroph
• heterotroph
• producer
• consumer
• decomposer
• herbivore
• carnivore
• omnivore
• detritivore
• detritus
• food chain
• trophic level
• food web
• phytoplankton
• primary productivity
• biomass
• ecological pyramids
• energy pyramid
• biomass pyramid
• pyramid of numbers
• biogeochemical cycles
• water cycle
• transpiration
• carbon cycle
• nitrogen cycle
• nitrification
• denitrification
• biodiversity
• habitat destruction
• deforestation
• introduced species
• overexploitation
• pollution
• global warming
• eutrophication
• biomagnification
• endangered species
• conservation
• sustainability

Task Cards are great formative assessments, but they can be implemented in many different ways. Here are a few ideas:

1. Bell Work or Early Finishers – Students can grab a card to answer when they first walk into class or any time they finish work early.
2. Pairs – Sort of a Think, Pair, Share activity. Pairs of students work together on two cards – answer one card, swap, answer the second card, then share answers.
3. Use one card as a “Question of the Day” for all students to answer, then discuss as a class.
4. Stations – Post cards in various places around the room or at lab stations and let students rotate through the stations as they work on them.
5. Exit Pass – Check for understanding as students answer a particular card before they leave class.
6. Review Game Race – I’ve used this one many times! If your students are seated in rows, pass a stack of cards out, face down, to the first person on each row. Say Go! Each student must choose one card to answer and then pass the remaining cards back to the next student. The first row to answer their questions correctly WINS!

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The Biosphere Review Qubes

Happy Teaching!
Carla Brooks
Science Island
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