This unit is mainly taught using our text.  See our curriculum sheets for additional information.

Central Questions

  • How are parts of an ecosystem related and how do they interact?
  • How is energy distributed to living things in ecosystem?
  • How do communities of living things change over a period of time?
  • How do materials cycle through an ecosystem and get reused in the environment?
  • What effects has technology had on the Earth's surface and resources?
  • Identify familiar organisms as parts of a food chain or food web and describe their feeding relationships within the web.
  • Explain common patterns of interdependence and interrelationships of living things.
  • Describe the basic requirements for all living things to maintain their existence.
  • Describe systems that encourage growing of particular plants and animals.
  • Describe positive and negative effects of humans on the environment.
  • Demonstrate means to recycle manufactured materials and a disposition toward recycling.

Lesson Plans/Units

Pond Action Links/Lesson Plans

Dynamics of an Ecosystem  Unit Plan from the Sample Core Curriculum for Michigan Schools

Living Things: Habitats and Biomes: The Franklin Institute

Environmental Defense Fund: Earth to Kids  Includes activities and information for teachers and students

Online Activities/Projects/Background Information

Living Things: Habitats and Biomes: The Franklin Institute

Tour of Biomes: NASA Classroom of the Future

Virtual Pond

Hydrology Cycle: NASA

Food Chain: North Seas

U.S. EPA Explorer's Club

Ecosystems   Students use library and Internet resources to research a particular ecosystem

Miss Maggie's Earth Adventures   Interactive activities expose students to real life environmental issues



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