Teach ecosystems in an engaging way using Depth and Complexity frames, fun and educational activities, and even games! This 40+ page packet will have kids answering comprehension questions, participating in collaborative conversations, playing games, sorting living and nonliving parts of ecosystems, creating illustrations and labeling using science academic vocabulary, and writing informatively, creatively, and persuasively.
Additionally, students will need to research information about specific ecosystems during group and independent activities and even narrate their own ecosystem comics (everything can be done using textbooks and/or articles on ecosystems)!
Although these lessons use GATE (Gifted and Talented) icons and frames, all activities can be used with students at any level. I've used Depth and Complexity frames with students ranging from gifted to special education, and all students have shown success! Detailed instructions are included for each lesson. Never used the frames or prompts before? Not a problem at all! Detailed instructions are included at the end of the packet!
This is now part of a larger bundle which includes my Adaptations packet too for only 75 cents more!
Ecosystems and Adaptations Depth and Complexity Activity Bundle
+ 1 Depth and Complexity Note Taking Organizer
+3 Different Frames featuring Depth and Complexity (new icons included) and the Content Imperatives (consists of 12 prompts in all)
+3 Frames (same as above) which include cooperative learning structures built in: Keep students engaged in a team dynamic as they learn to work together.
+ Task cards to use in addition to or instead of the frames (in black and white or color): Use as a way to get students communicating with each other and practicing the icons
+ Eco Land Writing Activity
+ Tales From a _________’s Perspective: Students take on the perspective of either a plant or animal to talk about what life is like in their ecosystem
+ My Eco Comic (2 different formats)
+ Eco Sort and Tree Maps
+ Eco Roll Game with 2 optional templates to write in the ecosystems you’re studying with your curriculum (you can even use the fill-in-the-blank template for other content in the future)
+ Eco Board Game in color and black and white +++includes game pieces
+ Eco Mix-Pair-Share Cooperative Learning Activity
+ Find Someone Who and Give One Get One Ecosystem Cooperative Learning Activity
+Ecosystem Unfinished: Kids get the chance to draw and include ecosystem vocabulary to design the rest of an ecosystem
+ All About My Ecosystem Research Activity
+ Ecosystem Entertainment Presentation Activity
+ Ecosystem Diorama Project
+ Ecosystem Brochure- Persuade people to visit your ecosystem!
Suggestions for Use included with detailed instructions and helpful pointers.
Answer sheets included for the depth and complexity frames.
Adaptations Depth & Complexity Science Frame and Activities
The Rock Cycle Depth and Complexity Frames and Activities Bundle
Science Review Cooperative Learning Bundle
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