Help students learn to identify and categorize the main characteristics of several common ecosystems. Included in this document are graphic organizers and characteristics for each of the following ecosystems:
The four characteristics for each ecosystem are mixed up which will allow the students to match the correct descriptions on the correct ecosystem graphic organizer. I separated the land based ecosystems from the water based ecosystems so students are not overwhelmed with the number of choices of characteristics. This activity is great for cooperative grouping, a whole class lesson, or even as an informal assessment.
This activity ties in with the NC Essential science standard 5.L.2.1: Compare the characteristics of several common ecosystems, including estuaries and salt marshes, oceans, lakes and ponds, forests, and grasslands.
An answer key is included.