Ecosystems: Biomes, Food Chains, Photosynthesis, Animals & Meet John Muir

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This unit has 20 passages, organizers, vocabulary posters, comprehension and connection activities, interactive notebook activities and so much more! Your students will love learning all about ecosystems with this BEST SELLER!

A DIGITAL version of this resource is available for Google Classroom.

This unit includes 20 kid-friendly passages about:

✔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

With Lots of Engaging Activities:

✔Tri-fold Organizers for INBs

✔Comprehension Questions

✔Flipbook (5-pages)

✔Photosynthesis Sequence Activity

✔Producers, Consumers, Decomposers Notebook Flaps

✔Ecosystems Match-up Flaps

✔Five Facts Webs

✔Cloze Passages

✔Vocabulary Posters

✔Vocabulary Flip Flaps

✔Spotlight on Vocabulary

✔Rainforest Food Chain Activity

✔Desert Food Chain Activity

✔Fact or Fiction Activities

✔Teacher's Pacing Guide

✔John Muir Mini-booklet

✔Unit Test (Editable)

✔Answer Keys

✔Diagrams for Photosynthesis

✔Diagrams for Food Chains

✔Plus information 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 and complete a mini-booklet.

For Herbivores, Carnivores, & Omnivores:

print and copy the following:

✔Reading Passages

✔Tri-fold Organizers (2 pages)

✔Five Facts Webs

✔Identify & Sort Photo Activities

✔Fact or Fiction Coloring Activities

Student 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:

✔Cloze Passages

✔Diagrams: Photosynthesis, Food Chains

✔Writing Prompt



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

Making Connections




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! Quick check questions, writing prompts, engaging activities, and reflections are in this unit to evaluate learning. Reflections are perfect for student portfolios and Parent-Teacher Conferences.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats. Emphasis is on the diversity of living things in each of a variety of different habitats. Assessment does not include specific animal and plant names in specific habitats.
Construct an argument that some animals form groups that help members survive.
Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment. Emphasis is on the idea that matter that is not food (air, water, decomposed materials in soil) is changed by plants into matter that is food. Examples of systems could include organisms, ecosystems, and the Earth. Assessment does not include molecular explanations.
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.
Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.


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