This file contains 15 different ecology related vocabulary words along with various activities and worksheets to practice the terms. The included words are: ecology, food chain, producer, consumer, herbivore, carnivore, omnivore, decomposer, ecosystem, parasite, predator, prey, symbiotic, energy, photosynthesis.
Sort Cards: pgs. 2-5, The first card has a term, the second a photo and definition. To use these cards I do the following: print on cardstock, laminate for durability, cut the cards, mix 1 set of cards in a bag., give students the bag and allow them to match the picture and definition cards to the term cards. (The pictures help here—students know to match a picture card with a non-picture card.)
Clip Cars: pgs. 6-9 Each card has a definition or picture in the center and the terms along the edges. To use these cards I do the following: print on cardstock, laminate for durability, cut the cards on the dark lines, place the cards and a basket of clothes pins in my center, allow students to place a clothes pin over the correct term for each card.
Match It: pgs. 10 These cards are formatted to work with the match it boards . Just print, laminate, and cut on the indicated lines. Slide the cards into the boards and allow students to match the term with the definition using rubber bands. **Directions for making your own match up boards are included on pages 31-33.
Magnet Spelling: pg. 12; I print and cut these cards and then put them in my center with metal trays (cookie sheets) and containers of magnetic letters. The students then place a card on a tray and use the letters to spell out the word for the definition.
Worksheets: pg. 13– 30, cut and paste, crossword, cloze, word search, alphabetical order, scrambled words recording sheet*, assessment page
*Scrambled Words: Each word family set has twelve words so I created two egg cartons for each set. I numbered plastic eggs 1-12, and then placed letter tiles to spell a word from each set into the eggs (a different word for each egg). The students then chose an egg, unscrambled the letters, wrote the word on their paper for the corresponding number.