SAVE BIG when you combine resources in this NGSS human impact on ecosystems middle school ecology bundle! Includes activities for habitat destruction, introduction of invasive species, and overharvesting. Also includes a webquest about how people can restore ecosystems, and a culminating project about STUDENTS' LOCAL ECOSYSTEMS! Covers standards: MS-LS2-4 MS-LS2-5 MS-ESS3-4
Includes Five Resources:
Invasive Species - Graphing Activity: Students are given a quick middle-school level reading about zebra mussels, an invasive species in North America. They are then given data about the increasing population of zebra mussels by year, and must graph the data on a provided graph. In some concluding analysis questions, students use this information to predict the future growth of this invasive species.
Habitat Destruction - Map Analysis Activity: Students are provided 4 different colored maps of the Amazon, including natural resource use, management areas, land cover, and deforestation maps. To familiarize them with using the maps, a student activity worksheet guides them through some simple analysis of each map. After they have completed the map analysis, they are told about a proposed railway that will cut through the Amazon. Students will make CLAIMS based on EVIDENCE from the maps about how the railway will affect land cover, resources available, indigenous people, and ecosystems.
Overharvested Resources - Readings Activity: Students read about 6 examples of overharvesting that significantly affected resource availability, and gather information in a simple graphic organizer worksheet. Each of the 6 examples of overharvesting is a quick informational reading between 1-2 pages long each, with color pictures. Examples include elephants, Burmese pythons, frankincense, blue fin tuna, oysters, and a medicinal tree used for chemotherapy.
Ecosystem Restoration Projects WebQuest: This graphic organizer worksheet lists the names of 17 ecosystem restoration projects from around the United States, and has students use the internet to find where it is, what the problem was, and how it was solved. Could be used in class or as a take-home assignment.
YOUR Hometown Ecosystem Research Project: Students investigate a problem in THEIR OWN LOCAL ECOSYSTEM! Students choose from a list of 10 different problems that are universal to many ecosystems (chemical contamination, invasive species, watershed pollution, etc.). They will learn more about the LOCAL issue, find out what solutions have already been tried (if any), and suggest a solution of their own. To demonstrate what they have learned. students use your choice of a website tool to construct a presentation. Teachers will appreciate this project because the instructions and expectations are simple and straightforward. The rubric is student-friendly and uncomplicated. And, the included graphic organizer makes it easy for students to organize what they are learning as they perform their research.
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