This is a bundle containing my most popular ecosystem unit items! Please see below for what is included. Thank you!
Ecosystem Review for Morning Work, Homework, Class work
This is the morning work I created for my class to complete throughout our Ecosystems unit. In the beginning, they will utilize their resources to research the answers. As we progress through the unit, students could complete this on their own as a review. This could be used as a preteaching, homework, morning work, daily review, centers...the possibilities are endless!
~identifying roles (producers, consumers-carnivores, herbivores, omnivores-, decomposers)
~flow of energy in a food chain/food web
~changes in an environment and the effects
~effects on a food chain when one link becomes scarce or increases
~adaptations-camouflage, mimicry, and others (being able to explain how each helps and why they are necessary)
~factors leading to extinction
Students will be asked to use the following skills:
~vocabulary word of the day
~evaluating what would happen
I hope your class enjoys these as much as mine does! Please let me know if I can do anything for you or your students.
Ecosystem Task Cards
These are task cards I created to use to check for mastery with our Ecosystems unit. These are designed with 4th grade in mind, but they could be used in other grades are remediation, pre-teaching, or extension. Each is open ended to ensure they are not just guessing the answer and not really taking the time to think about and apply what they know. I did include a basic answer sheet with room to record their answers. These can be copied front to back. I have my students use notebook paper to help save on my copies, but the option is there!
~What is a food chain?
~What is a food web?
~Roles (producer, consumer, decomposer)
~Creating a food chain
~Scavenger vs. decomposer
~Carnivore, herbivore, omnivore
~What would happen if you removed a link (it became scarce) or if there were too many (an abundance) of a link scenarios
~Adaptations (What it is and identify)
~Identifying what is causing habitat loss and extinction
These could be used as individual practice, an assessment, a group activity, homework, or for an early finisher.
I hope your class gets great use out of these task cards!
Ecosystem Study Guide
This is the study guide I use to help prepare my students for their unit test during our ecosystems unit using the fourth grade standards.
~roles of producers, consumers, and decomposers
~flow of energy through a food chain
~how changes in the environment and food chain would affect the community and ecosystem
~What happens if there are too many or a scarcity of organisms in a food chain
~Adaptations and how they help
~Extinction-factors that contribute to and how we can help
I hope you and your class finds this study guide as useful as we do! Please let me know if you have any questions.
Dream Animal-Final Project
This is a project I do at the end of my ecosystems unit to see what the students know. They are given the freedom as to how to create their animal and ecosystem as long as the included information is in/on their project. Students need to include their animal's food chain, energy source, environment, features, adaptations, and what will happen is one link in their animal's food chain is scarce or in abundance. They really enjoy showing what they know! These are the instructions for the students to guide them through their creation.
Ecosystems-Food Chain Quiz
This is a quick check I use to see what my students have mastered over the first few days of our unit. This quiz covers producers, consumers, decomposers (identify and role) along with having students create their own food chain and label each part.
Food Chain Project Instructions and Mini Rubric
This is the mini rubric I use when my students completed a mini food chain project. I also included some teacher directions to let you know how I use this project in class.
Essential Vocabulary PowerPoint
This is the PowerPoint I use in my classroom on the first day of our unit. I do have my students copy the words into their science notebook/spiral, but we spend a lot of time discussing what they already know about each word, so they can add to the given definition in their notes.
I hope your class enjoys the items included in this bundle! Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you and your class!