This product is a set of 30 task cards that are more fun and more engaging than ordinary task cards. Students are provided with QR codes to scan websites and/or videos for an interactive way to learn about ecosystems. A recording sheet is provided for students as well as an answer key for teachers. This is a great activity for introducing the concept and having students learn about ecosystems before teaching the unit or review the content. Concepts covered include: definition of ecosystems, living & nonliving parts of an ecosystem, different biomes and their characteristics, adaptations including camouflage and mimicry, affects humans and natural occurrences have on ecosystems, and extinct and endangered animals.
The state standards this product is aligned to include the following:
S4L1. Students will describe the roles of organisms and the flow of energy within an ecosystem.
c. Predict how changes in the environment would affect a community (ecosystem) of organisms.
d. Predict effects on a population if some of the plants or animals in the community are scarce or if there are too many.
S4L2. Students will identify factors that affect the survival or extinction of organisms such as adaptation, variation of behaviors (hibernation), and external features (camouflage and protection).
a. Identify external features of organisms that allow them to survive or reproduce better than organisms that do not have these features (for example: camouflage, use of hibernation, protection, etc.).
b. Identify factors that may have led to the extinction of some organisms.
I hope you and your students find this resource beneficial and engaging! Please remember to leave feedback!
- Kara Lee