Ecosystem Populations

Grade Levels
6th - 8th, Homeschool
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Do you want to teach your middle school students about Ecosystem Populations? These middle school science lesson plans were made for the MS-LS2-4 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics NGSS.

Lesson 1: Wetlands: Biological and Physical Components

Lesson 2: Beavers' role in the Wetlands

Lesson 3: Invasive Species in the Wetlands

Lesson 4: Changes in the Physical Components in Wetlands

Lesson 5: Using Other Sources to Obtain Evidence

Lesson 6: Writing a Claim

*Having access to YouTube will enhance the lessons.

There are readings, graphic organizers, essential vocabulary cards, and a rubric for writing a scientific claim.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations. Emphasis is on recognizing patterns in data and making warranted inferences about changes in populations, and on evaluating empirical evidence supporting arguments about changes to ecosystems.
By the end of grade 8, read and comprehend science/technical texts in the grades 6–8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6–8 texts and topics.
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts.
Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when encountering an unknown term important to comprehension or expression.


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