This bundle includes four fluency builders focused on ecology vocabulary:
1) Energy in an Ecosystem: Ecosystem, Nutrients, Organism, Photosynthesis, Largest Source of Energy, Biotic, Abiotic
2) Energy Flow in an Ecosystem: Energy Flow, Food Chain, Food Web, Scavenger, Carnivore, Consumer, Producer, Decomposer, Herbivore, Omnivore
3) Ecological Relationships: Species, Population, Community, Commensalism, Mutualism, Parasitism, Predator-Prey Relationship, Symbiotic
4) Population Growth Limiting Factors: Species, Limiting Factor, Carrying Capacity, Threatened Species, Endangered Species, Remediation
Fluency Builders are fun, quick, and, most importantly, motivate students to set and achieve personal goals.
Often used for math, I utilize Fluency Builders to develop fluency in the academic language of science as a quick starter or closer in class.
In this fast paced review activity, students are given a 5x5 grid of definitions, pictures, formulas, or diagrams. The associated vocabulary terms are in a complementary 5x5 grid on the backside of the paper. The fluency builders are placed in a sheet protector and students are given dry erase markers. The students have one minute to write the appropriate vocabulary terms over each box containing a definition, picture, etc.
After one minute, students flip the fluency builder over in the sheet protector and self-correct using the complementary grid. Students give themselves one positive point for every correct box and one negative point for every incorrect box. I tell my students:
Fluency = Speed + Accuracy – Mistakes
Students keep track of their progress on a Performance Tracking Sheet (included with the Fluency Builder), giving them a daily visual of their progress.