This huge integrated unit on ecosystems includes engaging lessons, nonfiction articles, interactive notebook flaps, a CLOSE Reading activity, 48 sorting cards with 6 task cards that include self-checking activities.
It also includes a hands-on activity for creating a mini ecosystem in a jar complete with directions, nonfiction article, response page and flip book to go with the project.
This resource also includes a student directed research and presentation project.
Aligned with NGSS and Utah SEEd
Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment.
NGSS MS LS 2.3 Develop a model to describe the cycling of matter and flow of energy among living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem.
NGSS MS LS 2.4Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.
Evaluate competing design solutions for maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services.
Analyze data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations in an ecosystem. Ask questions to predict how changes in resource availability affects organisms in those ecosystems.
Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems.
Develop a model to describe the cycling of matter and flow of energy among living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem.
Construct an argument supported by evidence that the stability of populations is affected by changes to an ecosystem.
Evaluate competing design solutions for preserving ecosystem resources and biodiversity based on how well the solutions maintain stability within the ecosystem.
Integrates CCSS for Reading Informational Text
Science Concepts Addressed:
Flow of Energy
This resource also includes Ecosystem Food Chains Sorting Activities
Ecosystem in a Jar With Nonfiction Article and Flip Book
And Research Ecological Problem and Present Solution NGSS
And the rest of the complete Ecosystem Unit
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