Students are given a U.S. national park to research. A list of parks is included. Throughout the lesson the students will be asked to use technology to create a Google Slides presentation that includes the students’ original Google Drawings. Specific instructions are included in case any students are not familiar with this process. The students will work over multiple days to create a graphic that shows their understanding of the levels of ecological organization (a community contains multiple populations, an ecosystem contains multiple communities with the abiotic factors…) using factors found in the park they chose. The students will practice labeling the players necessary to make a stable community (producers, carnivores, decomposers…). Students will create a food web which contains organisms found in their park. The food web will contain details about the transfer and loss of energy as it moves through a food web. The students will research and report on effects humans have on their park. At the end of the project, students can submit their Slides presentation to your school’s LMS if applicable, they can share it with you if you have a Google email account, they can print the slides, or they could show their work by doing a presentation.
This activity has students work through content covered under the common core life science standards HS-LS2-4, HS-LS2-7 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics.
This should take four days to complete but may vary based on the students' prior content knowledge and proficiency with Google Drive Apps.
There are four extension activities listed as well as six links to helpful videos on the topics covered.