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 –┬ábrainstorm 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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