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Ecosystems Unit with 20 passages, organizers, vocabulary posters, comprehension and connection activities, and so much more! Your students will love learning all about ecosystems with this BEST SELLER!
An ecosystem can be huge like the Amazon Rainforest or as small as a puddle in your backyard. There are both living, and non-living things make up an ecosystem.
This unit includes 20 kid-friendly informational articles perfect for Grades 3-5!
Articles are about the following science topics:
✔Types of Ecosystems (Micro, Meso, Biomes)
✔Biomes: Aquatic and Terrestrial
✔Abiotic and Biotic
✔Herbivores, Carnivores, and Omnivores
✔Natural Cycles of Earth
✔The Balance of Nature
✔Producers, Consumers, and Decomposers
✔Animals Basic Needs
✔Food Webs & Chains
✔Great for Science Centers or Partner Work
Plus Lots of Engaging Activities:
✔Tri-fold Organizers for INBs
✔Five Facts Webs
✔Vocabulary Flip Flaps
✔Fact or Fiction Activities
✔Diagrams for Photosynthesis *Diagrams for Food Chains
✔Plus students will learn about a famous environmentalist: John Muir
There are 4 Main Activities:
Introduce the Unit with the Anticipatory Set with T/F questions to pique student’s interest and build background knowledge.
Introduce the vocabulary words with the real-life photo posters. You could post these posters around the classroom and have the students travel around to write the definitions under the flip flaps in their notebooks. These look fantastic on a bulletin board too!
Reading – Learning Stations:
As a class, read the first few passages all about ecosystems, types of ecosystems, and biomes. Then set up a learning station or science center for further learning about related topics. Have students read the passages, answer the questions, and complete the organizer/activity for each concept to reinforce learning. Read about a famous environmentalist named John Muir
For Herbivores, Carnivores, & Omnivores:
print and copy the following:
✔Tri-fold Organizers (2 pages)
✔Five Facts Webs
✔Identify & Sort Photo Activities
✔Fact or Fiction Coloring Activities
There are lots of activities included for partner work, fast-finishers, whole group discussion, homework, or for reviewing at the end of the unit:
✔Diagrams: Photosynthesis, Food Chains
THIS UNIT IS PART OF A SCIENCE MEGA BUNDLE
Using my Five Step Method below makes learning about Ecosystems meaningful and fun for students.
Part 1: Hook’em with “Fast Facts True or False” Anticipatory Guide. Students predict at the beginning of the unit the answers to guided questions and then check-n-correct their answers after learning the information or end of the unit.
Part 2: Read-n-Visualize with high-interest informational Articles all about Ecosystems with real life photographs written in kid friendly language. Use these passages as a unit overview, study guides, centers (station) activities, group work, or even as notes for their binders or notebooks.
Part 3: Focus on Skills: to reinforce and enhance student learning with a variety of skill-based activities such as:
Fact vs. Opinion
Supporting Details and Main Idea
Part 4: Realistic Ecosystem Vocabulary Posters with real life photographs to use on the document camera, interactive whiteboards, or perfect for bulletin board displays. You can either preserve these for another year or bind them together as a book for your classroom library.
Part 5: Show What you Know! Student quick check questions, writing prompts, engaging activities, and reflections to evaluate learning. Reflections are perfect for student portfolios and Parent Teacher Conferences.
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