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Ch 9: Ecology Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

This chapter is designed to aid your instruction of ecology, lending you resources and tools for teaching the subject as well as boosting your understanding of the material you'll be dealing with.

Ecology Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

This chapter can act as both a resource for you to use when approaching the instruction of ecology as well as a means for you to review the content you'll be instructing. Through the course of the chapter, you'll go over both lesson plans and informational lessons on natural resources and climate change. These lessons will detail the following to help you develop related lesson plans:

  • Natural resources and invasive species
  • Climate change on the global scale
  • Fossil fuels and their impact on global warming

How It Helps

  • Prepares instructional design: Using these resources, you can go into teaching topics of ecology with a more thorough lesson plan designed to help you teach the subjects most effectively.
  • Solidifies understanding: You'll review the definition and types of natural resources as well as the effects of climate change, allowing you to go into their instruction with the topics fresh in your mind.
  • Fosters student learning: You'll learn about planning lessons on natural resources and climate change bearing in mind the students' reception.

Skills Covered

By the end of this chapter, you'll have bolstered your knowledge of:

  • Natural resources
  • Climate change and mitigation strategies
  • Planning lessons focused on natural resources and climate change

44 Lessons in Chapter 9: Ecology Lesson Plans
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Biomass Lesson Plan

1. Biomass Lesson Plan

This lesson will help you teach the concept of biomass. Students will learn to identify the parts of an ecosystem that add to its biomass and place them in a biomass pyramid. This lesson includes a role-playing activity to engage your kinesthetic learners.

What Is Biomass? - Definition & Explanation

2. What Is Biomass? - Definition & Explanation

In this lesson, you'll learn what ecologists use to quantify the amount of matter in an ecological community. This often relates to the amount of energy being produced by various parts of that community.

Indicator Species Lesson Plan

3. Indicator Species Lesson Plan

Teach your students about indicator species with this lesson plan. A text lesson defines the term, then explains the concept using concrete examples students can easily understand. Hands-on learning, discussion question, and a quiz mean your students remember concepts long-term.

Indicator Species: Definition & Examples

4. Indicator Species: Definition & Examples

An indicator species can tell scientists a lot about a habitat. This lesson will define the term 'indicator species' and then outline some examples of creatures that can indicate healthy water, air, and forest.

Ecological Succession Lesson Plan

5. Ecological Succession Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to teach students about ecological succession. Students learn the process of ecological succession, including types and stages, before applying concepts to a hands-on activity.

What Is Ecological Succession? - Definition, Types & Stages

6. What Is Ecological Succession? - Definition, Types & Stages

How does an ecological community develop? Ecological succession describes this process of development, identifying how the community began as well as how and when it stabilizes.

Ecology Lesson Plan for High School

7. Ecology Lesson Plan for High School

In this lesson, you will introduce students to the study of ecology. Reinforce concepts learned with class discussion, group work, and a culminating activity.

What Is Ecology? - Definition & Explanation

8. What Is Ecology? - Definition & Explanation

From the largest animals to bacteria invisible to the human eye, the survival of any organism depends on its interaction with the environment. In this lesson you will learn the basics about ecology, the scientific study of these interactions.

Mutualism Lesson Plan

9. Mutualism Lesson Plan

Understanding symbiotic relationships is essential to any biology, ecology or environmental science curriculum. This lesson uses a short video, group-work and pair-work to focus on mutualistic relationships.

Mutualism: Examples & Definition

10. Mutualism: Examples & Definition

There are many types of relationships in nature. This lesson explores mutualism, a type of symbiotic relationship between two organisms. These fascinating relationships are like survival partnerships between species.

Interactions in Ecosystems Lesson Plan

11. Interactions in Ecosystems Lesson Plan

While teaching your students about various animals and organisms, this lesson plan will help your class understand how these living things interact within an ecosystem. Students will use scientific language to describe these relationships.

Interactions in Ecosystems: Types & Examples

12. Interactions in Ecosystems: Types & Examples

In this lesson we'll be learning about different types of interactions in ecosystems. We'll look at different types of symbiosis as well as predator prey relationships and examples of each.

Feedback in Biological Systems Lesson Plan

13. Feedback in Biological Systems Lesson Plan

Feedback systems regulate every system in our bodies. Your students will learn about feedback systems as they watch a video, illustrate examples of feedback systems and complete a worksheet.

Radial Symmetry Lesson Plan

14. Radial Symmetry Lesson Plan

Through this lesson plan, students will view a video about bilateral and radial symmetry and will analyze photos of marine animals to categorize them by symmetrical type.

Radial Symmetry in Biology: Definition & Examples

15. Radial Symmetry in Biology: Definition & Examples

One way that animals are broadly categorized is based on their body symmetry. Radial symmetry is one type, and here, we will explore what it is and what organisms exhibit it. Once you get to the end of the lesson, you can test your knowledge with a brief quiz.

Ecosystem Activities

16. Ecosystem Activities

Ecosystems contain organisms in a food chain as well and soil, sand, water, and air. With a little ingenuity, students are able to learn about ecosystems even if your school lacks access to nature.

Ecology Lesson Plan for Elementary School

17. Ecology Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Ecology is part of every student's life, but do they know what it means? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to teach students what ecology is and how scientists study ecosystems using fun, hands-on learning experiences to support traditional learning.

Ecology Lesson For Kids: Definition & Facts

18. Ecology Lesson For Kids: Definition & Facts

Ecology is the study of how living things relate to each other and the non-living things in the environment. This lesson will teach you about ecology and why scientists use it to help us understand our planet.

Nature Lesson Plan for Elementary School

19. Nature Lesson Plan for Elementary School

What is nature and how do we experience it? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to explain key facts about nature and the ways in which we connect with it. An activity asks students to classify living and non-living things found in nature.

Abiotic vs. Biotic Factors Activities

20. Abiotic vs. Biotic Factors Activities

Looking to spice up your lessons pertaining to abiotic and biotic factors? This lesson contains several ideas that will make learning about these factors engaging and meaningful.

Biotic & Abiotic Factors Lesson Plan

21. Biotic & Abiotic Factors Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will aid you in introducing biotic and abiotic factors to your students. Your students will read and discuss a text lesson and video, have a discussion, and create a key for an ecosystem.

Biomass Activities & Games

22. Biomass Activities & Games

If your class is studying ecology, providing students with a thorough understanding of biomass is important. Use these activities and games to help students understand biomass and its importance to the health and sustainability of an ecosystem.

Ecological Succession Activities & Games

23. Ecological Succession Activities & Games

Studying succession is a fun way to learn about ecology, plants, animals and how the environment changes over time. This series of games and activities allows students to explore ecological succession in active, fun ways that ensure the topic will stick in their brains.

Symbiosis Activities & Games

24. Symbiosis Activities & Games

Teaching your students about the different types of relationships between living things? Use this lesson as a helpful source of activities and games that keep your students engaged in learning about symbiosis.

Symbiosis Lesson Plan

25. Symbiosis Lesson Plan

This lesson plan introduces high school students to the topic of symbiotic relationships. Using a video lesson, class discussion and a partner activity, students learn to recognize and describe mutualism, commensalism, parasitism and competition.

Secondary Succession Lesson Plan

26. Secondary Succession Lesson Plan

This lesson plan provides high school students with a deeper look at secondary succession. Using a short video, first-hand observations, and an in-class model, students explore and discuss this type of ecological succession.

Natural Environment Lesson Plan

27. Natural Environment Lesson Plan

What role does the natural environment play in your life? Check out this lesson plan for engaging ways to teach your students about the different views cultures have on nature.

Patterns in Nature Lesson Plan

28. Patterns in Nature Lesson Plan

Is nature random or are there specific patterns that emerge? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to explain the patterns of nature. An activity gives students practice in identify the patterns in nature.

Shapes in Nature Lesson Plan

29. Shapes in Nature Lesson Plan

With this lesson, your students will learn about basic 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional shapes, as well as practice identifying those shapes in nature.

Nature Spy Lesson Plan

30. Nature Spy Lesson Plan

In this lesson plan, based on the book 'Nature Spy' by Shelley Rotner, students will take a nature walk to observe the impact of humans, plants, and animals on the environment. They will record their observations using drawings and text.

Ecological Niche Lesson Plan

31. Ecological Niche Lesson Plan

What is an ecological niche? Use this lesson plan along with a video lesson to help your students learn the answer to this question. A puzzle activity explores the concept further.

Community Ecology Lesson Plan

32. Community Ecology Lesson Plan

Communities interact in many ways. Your students will learn about community ecology as they watch a video, create demo posters, and complete a worksheet about community ecology.

Population Ecology Lesson Plan

33. Population Ecology Lesson Plan

Populations change all the time and certain scientists study these changes. Your students will enjoy learning about population ecology as they watch a video and create population ecologist flipbooks.

Limiting Factors Lesson Plan

34. Limiting Factors Lesson Plan

This lesson plan introduces high school students to the concept of limiting factors in chemistry. Students will read and discuss a short text lesson, observe a demonstration, and complete two hands-on activities.

Primary Succession Lesson Plan

35. Primary Succession Lesson Plan

This lesson plan is a tool for helping students learn about primary succession. Students will be able to use domain-specific language to summarize the formation of new habitats following a major event.

Forest Succession Lesson Plan

36. Forest Succession Lesson Plan

Forest succession is a process that occurs over hundreds of years. Your students will learn about forest succession as they read a text, create a forest succession display and complete a worksheet.

Forest Succession: Definition & Stages

37. Forest Succession: Definition & Stages

This article will look at the development of forests through a cyclical process known as forest succession. Forest succession occurs in several stages outlined below.

Keystone Species Lesson Plan

38. Keystone Species Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, your students are going to learn about keystone species and their impact on an ecosystem. They will chart this using an ecosystem arch and will present some of their understanding though creative writing.

Ecological Systems Theory of Developments Lesson Plan

39. Ecological Systems Theory of Developments Lesson Plan

Urie Bronfenbrenner's ecological systems theory of development examines the influence of environmental factors on human development. This lesson plan explores this theory using a video lesson. An activity reinforces critical content.

Living Systems Requirement for Free Energy & Matter Lesson Plan

40. Living Systems Requirement for Free Energy & Matter Lesson Plan

It is important for your students to know that living systems require free energy and matter in order to continue to exist. Your students will learn by watching a video, identifying energy sources, and completing a worksheet.

Reduce Reuse Recycle Activities

41. Reduce Reuse Recycle Activities

'Reduce, Reuse, Recycle' is a slogan that most students know, but do they understand what it is all about? Teaching students the meaning behind the slogan and the impact it can have is important for all learners.

Global Warming Activities for Middle School

42. Global Warming Activities for Middle School

Global warming is an important topic, but can be hard for some students to understand. These activities can help your students approach this topic in different ways to better appreciate the causes and implications of climate change.

Farm-to-Table Activities

43. Farm-to-Table Activities

Farm-to-table is a 21st-century food and environmental sustainability movement. In this resource, you will find three different activities that allow students to engage with this topic in practical ways.

Water Conservation Project Ideas

44. Water Conservation Project Ideas

Water conservation projects are an entertaining and educational way for your students to display what they have learned about water conservation in the class. The following projects will help students to demonstrate their learning.

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