Ecosystem Project Ideas for 5th Grade

Instructor: Maria Airth

Maria has a Doctorate of Education and over 20 years of experience teaching psychology and math related courses at the university level.

Our ecosystems are fragile. It is important for students to learn about ecosystems. In these projects, art, research and activity all come together to help students learn about these important systems.

Why Ecosystem Projects?

In order to take care of our planet in the future, children must understand all the amazing ways in which our planet works. There are ten wonderfully different ecosystems; each with its own plant and animal life. The best way for students to really learn about these ecosystems in a way that will stick with them is to complete projects. Hands-on, interactive projects help solidify concepts in the mind of students. Through project work, students will retain much of what they learn about the world's ecosystems.

Group Posters

Materials: poster paper, magazines, scissors, art supplies

For this project, you will need to divide your class into ten groups. Assign each group an ecosystem. Allow the groups time to research their assigned ecosystem. Then, give each group a piece of poster paper and access to magazines (for pictures) and other art supplies.

Each group will need to develop an informative poster that portrays all the most wonderful things about the ecosystem. They should include:

  • Plant life
  • Animal life
  • Average temperatures
  • Locations on Earth
  • How the ecosystem benefits the Earth

Allow time for each group to present and explain their poster to the class.

Help the Planet

In this project, students will learn just how fragile each ecosystem is and will develop methods to support the health of all ecosystems.

This written assignment should be given as a long-term assignment allowing students to take their time researching each ecosystem's needs and vulnerabilities.

The final product will be a report giving information about the weaknesses of each ecosystem and at least one method of assisting each ecosystem.

Who Am I?

Materials: buzzer, list of basic facts about each ecosystem, like:

  • It rains a lot in my ecosystem.
  • Animals in my ecosystem must be adaptated to extreme temperatures.

Divide your class into groups of four and have the groups sit together. If possible, arrange the groups in a U-shape. Give each group a buzzer (or bell or they can just raise their hand).

To play, read out an ecosystem fact. The first group to sound its buzzer can attempt to identify the ecosystem in question. If that group is wrong, the group is out (for the round) and another fact is read. When a group correctly identifies the ecosystem, that group earns a point and a new round starts (all groups are back in play).

Where Do I Belong?

Materials: pack of index cards, copy or copies of the list of different ecosystems

To unlock this lesson you must be a Member.
Create your account

Register to view this lesson

Are you a student or a teacher?

Unlock Your Education

See for yourself why 30 million people use

Become a member and start learning now.
Become a Member  Back
What teachers are saying about
Try it risk-free for 30 days

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.

Create an account to start this course today
Try it risk-free for 30 days!
Create an account