Ecology Lesson Plans
Ecology Activities and Worksheet for Kids
Use these ecology lesson plans to introduce your students to factors that alter the environment. Activities and worksheet are from MatchCard Science.
MatchCard Science Ecology MatchCardObjective: List environmental factors that alter an ecosystem.
MatchCard: Download below.
Use the activities, discussion questions and MatchCard worksheet to analyze impact of human pollution, fire, green house gases, acid rain, and farm fertilizer on the environment.
Ecology Lesson PlanThese ecology lesson plans include activities, discussion, the MatchCard worksheet and review, and a project to complete their study.
Your Own BackyardGo outside in your yard or a grassy field. Let your students cut a piece of yarn or string - approximately ten feet long would be fine. They use their string to create a circle on the ground. This is the ecosystem they are going to investigate for a few minutes.
What's in their ecosystem? List their responses:
Your Miniature EcosystemIf you did not make a terrarium when studying different types of ecosystems, now is a great time to do so.
You will have your own little ecosystem to watch and nourish.
What parts of the ecosystem do you have control over? What are you not able to control?
What kinds of things would be a risk to your ecosystem?
What Comes, Must GoDiscuss the last time you had a major grocery shopping trip. What kinds of things did you buy? How many bags did you bring into your house?
Before discussing it further, can they quickly list ten items that came from that shopping trip? Better yet, you can save this activity until a time when you lug all the bags into the house. Then have them choose ten items without knowing what will be done next.
Where did it come from?
Think of where those different products came from. What ecosystems did they originate in? Was the environment changed in anyway in the process of getting them to your house?
Where will it go?
Predict what is going to happen to those products. How long will they be in your house? Where will they go afterwards? Does that have any impact on the environmnet?
Make a poster showing where those (or other) items come from and where the final materials go.
What Is An Environment?The environment is everything in an ecosystem that interacts with all the other elements. It includes:
Factors that Alter Ecosystems
Well, much of the time it is. Especially if it is your house that catches on fire. No person or animal wants to see their home burnt down.
Fires can be manmade or natural. Lightening produces fires at times. While it is often detrimental, sometimes natural fires are beneficial. For instance, it can burn trees that might encroach on grasslands and eliminate that particular ecosystem with its unique wildlife.
But a downside of fire is that plant and animal communities are quickly destroyed. Fires may get out of control and threaten animal and human life as well as their habitats.
Fertilizer is used to make soil richer in minerals in order to grow more plants. The problem is that it may drain from the soil into streams after a rain. Then the mineral rich environment causes algae to grow on top of the water. Due to the additional algae, sunlight may not reach the plants and fish at the bottom of the stream.
Soil also becomes more acidic making it harder for plants to grow.
The greenhouse effect is increased by burning fossil fuels which release carbon dioxide into the air.
Download and Use the Ecology MatchCard
This is MatchCard #2 of the Botany Unit Study.
The 2nd page is instructor's key.
The 3rd page has information pieces for students to cut apart and use on the MatchCard.
How to Use the MatchCards
MatchCards are a teaching tool and a game-like review system. Students have fun learning information and showing that they remember it. Better yet, as the school year progresses they build on to the information they have retained.
Learn more about using MatchCards by downloading the FREE MatchCard Science Instructor's Guide. You will find ideas for making a notebook to review and master science concepts.
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