Introduction to Ecosystems

Name of Activity

Introduction to Ecosystems

Author

STOMP

Keywords

ecosystem, forest, animals, science

Subject

Non-LEGO

Grade Level

4

Time

1 Hour Total

Brief Description

Introduce students to the concept of an ecosystem using the forest as an example.

Lesson Objectives:

Have students understand the interconnectedness of an ecosystem, brainstorm animals within a system and discuss similarities and differences. Incorporate basic needs of all animals.

Materials Needed:

Whiteboard

Procedure

Discuss the concept of an ecosystem.

Brainstorm animals within the ecosystem.

Ex. Forest animals:

Vertebrates:

- bears

- wolves

- squirrels

- fox

- eagle

- beaver

- frog

- snake

Invertebrate:

- worms

- ants

- butterflies

- snails

- spiders

Assign student pair an animal - brainstorm what they need to survive (basic needs):

- types of food/drink, how much they eat, how often

- where do they live? how do they build this?

Have pairs discuss with different pairs the similarities and differences between their animals.

Umbrella Unit/Curriculum (if applicable)

Basic Science (Animals + Matter)

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