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Ch 14: Types of Ecosystems - Middle School Life Science: Homeschool Curriculum

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The Types of Ecosystems unit of this Middle School Life Science Homeschool course is designed to help homeschooled students learn about various ecosystems. Parents can use the short videos to introduce topics, break up lessons and keep students engaged.

Who's it for?

This unit of our Middle School Life Science Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about the most common types of ecosystems. There is no faster or easier way to learn about ecosystems. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about the tundra, freshwater, biomes, deserts and rainforests.
  • Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
  • Homeschool parents who need a life science curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
  • Gifted students and students with learning differences.

How it works:

  • Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
  • Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
  • Short quizzes and a Types of Ecosystems unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.

Types of Ecosystems Unit Objectives:

  • Explore deserts, coral reefs, tropical rainforests and savannas.
  • Compare the climates of coastlines, tundras and grasslands.
  • Learn how primal productivity contributes to animal food supply.
  • Understand the beginning and ending process of ecological succession, which occurs in all ecosystems.
  • Review ecological succession in terrestrial and freshwater environments.

5 Lessons in Chapter 14: Types of Ecosystems - Middle School Life Science: Homeschool Curriculum
Biomes: Desert, Tropical Rainforest, Savanna, Coral Reefs & More

1. Biomes: Desert, Tropical Rainforest, Savanna, Coral Reefs & More

Take a trip around the world and learn all about different biomes. Why can you only find certain plants and animals in specific places? What are the most fertile climates on Earth? Watch on to answer these and other questions.

Biomes: Tundra, Taiga, Temperate Grassland, and Coastlines

2. Biomes: Tundra, Taiga, Temperate Grassland, and Coastlines

Take a trip with us in this lesson, starting in the Pacific Ocean, traveling across California through the Central Valley and up to the peaks of the Sierra Nevada mountains. We'll learn how oceans, elevation, and people can determine which types of biomes are found in different areas and check out the Earth's most massive and oldest organisms.

Primary Productivity of Biomes

3. Primary Productivity of Biomes

Imagine a desert, a rainforest, and a lake. All of these areas are similar in that there are plants growing in them. These areas all vary because the amount of plant production is different based on the type of habitat. This lesson will explore the concept of primary productivity and how it varies by biomes. It will also discuss the most productive biomes and the biomes that produce the least biomass.

Ecological Succession: From Pioneer to Climax Communities

4. Ecological Succession: From Pioneer to Climax Communities

Just as people grow and change so, too, do ecosystems. Watch this lesson to learn about ecological succession from the beginning stages of development to a community's ultimate destination, or climax.

Succession in Freshwater and Terrestrial Ecosystems

5. Succession in Freshwater and Terrestrial Ecosystems

The world's many freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems are constantly changing. This lesson will discuss how these ecosystems change over time and how they recover after disturbances occur.

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