October 25th 2013: Researching Different Ecosystems Click on websites below and answer questions in brochure. Questions to answer in brochure 1. Interesting facts about your ecosystems. 2. Where is your ecosystem located in the world (where on the continents)? 3. What types of animals, plants, and non-living things function in this ecosystem? 4. What would YOU need to do to live and survive in this ecosystem?
January 6-January 8 2014: Ecosystems: A Closer Look Powerpoint Presentation Homework: Review presentation. The last slide explains what you need to do!
Week of February 17, 2014: Ecosystems in a Box (Due the week of March 17th 2014) Select a site from below to begin your research on the ecosystem that was assigned to you. Requirements for your project- *Before all steps*- A blueprint/sketch of the plan for the ecosystem box 1.) Must be a 3-Dimensional model of the ecosystem. Students may use any materials to represent their features and the materials must be secured inside of their boxes. 2.) Must show at least one relationship between a producer, a 1st consumer, and a 2nd consumer. 3.) Must have CLEAR labels for and a precise write-up (details) describing the following features:
Land (1-2 different types)
Animals (3-5 different types)
Plants (3-5 different types)
The Water Source (or sources if available)
Habitats for creatures (1-2)
The producer to 1st consumer to 2nd consumer
Where in the world the ecosystem can be found (in what parts, countries, parts of the land, etc.)
What is the average temperature and weather like?
The write-up must contain:
(Green) A topic sentence for your ecosystem and where it is located.
(Yellow) One sentence each to introduce the following: the animals, plants, water source, habitats, producer to consumer relationship, and average climate.
(Red) 1-2 sentences describing each of the (Yellow) sentences. These may include that branch of the ecosystem's effect on the rest of the system. Example- If you had a bear in your ecosystem you might say, "The bear's effect on the ecosystem is that he eats other animals and producers."
(Green) A final "In conclusion," "Therefore," "Finally," sentence that summarizes your ecosystem. This can be an IVF (Identify the Item- Verb- Finish the Thought), you could use keywords to paraphrase your final sentence, or you could write a sentence that includes closing ideas.
4.) Students must also present their projects in class and explain the producer to consumers' relationship.