Ecosystem Project Ideas for 5th Grade

Instructor: Maria Airth

Maria has a Doctorate of Education and over 15 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.

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