Ecology: Habitats, Ecosystems and Biomes

$270 for 9 weeks

Teachers

Allison Bruning

 

Assignments

Students will create a final project while completing this course that will be due on the last day of class. They will choose an animal to complete a Powerpoint presentation of 8 - 12 slides on. The presentation should include the habitat, biome, adaptations and ecosystem the animal belongs to. Students will talk about their findings with the class in the last session.

Subjects

Science, Writing, Speech

Ages

11 - 14 years old

   

Sessions

 

Students will be introduced the term habitat, biomes, animal adaptations and ecosystems. We'll learn about the types of biomes of the earth; forests, wetlands, deserts, grasslands, oceans, urban, tundra, mountains, chaparral, and freshwater . Students will learn about the animals and plants that inhabit each biome and their habitats. Students will learn about animal adaptations that have allowed every animal to live in their biome. We'll also learn where each of these types of habitats exists in our world and the dangers they face. The class will be exposed to a habitat in a park setting (weather permitting). We'll take virtual field trips to the other habitats. Students will watch videos about animals and plant life found in the habitats.

Session 1: Animal Adaptations, Habitats and Ecosystems

LESSON OBJECTIVES: 

Students will learn the meaning of adaptations and how animals have adapted to fit their environment. Students will learn what ecosystems and habitats are. We'll learn the difference between food webs and food chains. Students will understand the meanings of producers, decomposers and consumers.

HOMEWORK

Read africanbat.pdf and complete the questions. Be ready to discuss your answers in class.  

Session 2: Biomes

LESSON OBJECTIVES: 

The class will discuss their homework. Students will be introduced to the word biome. They will use the information learned in session 1 to build upon a definition of how biome, habitat, ecosystems and adaptations are all interrelated. We will learn what effect temperature has upon the creation of a biome. Students will also explore how biomes can come together to create a diverse landscape. 

HOMEWORK

Chose the animal you want to do a report on. Be prepared to inform the class in the next session.

 

Session 3: Deserts and Grasslands

LESSON OBJECTIVES: 

Students will explore the desert biome. They will learn about the different types of deserts in North America, the animals and plants in them and how people have adapted live in that biome. We will take a look at what a day looks like in the desert. Students will explore the grasslands biome. They will learn about the African Savannah and the American Grasslands. They'll learn about the different plants and animals in the grasslands. Students will compare and contrast the differences between the two.

HOMEWORK

Start working on your presentation.

Desert: Read About-theDesert.pdf and complete Desert.pdf

Grasslands:Complete grassland.pdf 

Session 4: Forests

LESSON OBJECTIVES: 

The class will review their homework. Students will explore the forest biome. They will learn about the different types of forest. Students will compare and contrast the Amazon Rainforest, Canadian Taiga Forest and American Temperate Deciduous forests . Students will learn about the plants and animals of those biomes. Students will learn the parts of a tree. 

HOMEWORK

Keep working on your presentation.

Forest: Read and complete biodiversity.pdf and sustaining-forests.pdf

For Fun: Forestflipit.pdf

Session 5: Wetlands

LESSON OBJECTIVES: 

Students will explore the wetlands biome. They will learn about marshes, swamps and bogs. Studens will explore the Great Dismal Swamp and the Florida swamplands. They'll learn about the different plants and animals in the wetlands. Students will compare and contrast the differences between swamps, marshes and bogs.

HOMEWORK

Keep working on your presentation.

Forest: Read and complete wetlands-and-swamps.pdf and conservation.pdf

Session 6: Oceans and Freshwater

LESSON OBJECTIVES: 

Students will explore the diverse lifeforms in the oceans and freshwater. We will learn about the different oceanic levels and the types of life found in those levels. Students will learn how freshwater lakes, rivers, streams and creeks are related to the ocean.

HOMEWORK

Keep working on your presentation. 

Session 7: Tundra and Chaparral

LESSON OBJECTIVES: 

Students will explore the Tundra biome. They will learn about the plants and animals that live in the Tundra. Students will what life would be like in the Artic tundra. Students will explore the chaparral biome. They will learn about the California Chaparral and Mediterranean biomes. Students will also learn about the different names for this biome. They'll learn about the different plants and animals in these biomes Students will compare and contrast the differences between the tundra and chaparral.

HOMEWORK

Keep working on your presentation.

Tundra: Read and complete Tundra.pdf 

Chaparral: Read and complete Chaparral_Ecosystems.pdf

Session 8: Urban

LESSON OBJECTIVES: 

Students will learn how urban development has created a new biome that effects the surrounding wilderness. They will explore why conservation is so important for the wildlife and wilderness surrounding urban communities. Students will think of ways that they can help to prevent the destruction of the world's biomes.

HOMEWORK:

Keep working on your presentation. Be prepared to share your presentations in class. 

Session 9: Presentations

MATERIALS:

Your presentation

LESSON OBJECTIVES: 

Students will present and discuss their presentation with the class. 

Ecology:

Habitats, Ecosystems and Biomes

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