Yellowstone Ecosystem Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

This lesson plan is a tool for helping students learn about the components of the Yellowstone ecosystem. Students will be able to describe the components using related vocabulary.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson on the Yellowstone ecosystem, students will be able to:

  • Ask and answer questions about the components of the Yellowstone ecosystem citing evidence from the text.
  • Understand and use academic vocabulary related to ecosystems.


90 minutes

Common Core Curriculum Standards


Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts.


Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6-8 texts and topics.


  • abiotic
  • biotic
  • carnivore
  • consumer
  • ecosystem
  • habitat
  • herbivore
  • keystone species
  • omnivore
  • primary consumer
  • producer
  • secondary consumer
  • temperate
  • tertiary consumer
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Yellowstone ecosystem


  • copies of quiz
  • copies of the lesson
  • poster board
  • string
  • computer/printer access
  • markers
  • glue/tape
  • index cards
  • pens
  • access to reference materials

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