Author:
Laura Samorske, Heather Potts
Subject:
Ecology
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Level:
Upper Primary
Grade:
5
Tags:
  • Community
  • Habitat
  • Niche
  • Population
  • Species
  • License:
    Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial
    Language:
    English

    Different Types of Ecosystems

    Overview

    Different Types of Ecosystems:

    • Describe various ecosystems and the biotic/abiotic factors involved in them

    • Discuss variables that can affect population size and survival

    • Explore how a change in one population can affect an ecosystem

    What Is an Ecosystem?

    • Describe various ecosystems and the biotic/abiotic factors involved in them

    • Discuss variables that can affect population size and survival

    • Explore how a change in one population can affect an ecosystem

    • Invite students to use a map of the world to help them locate the various types of ecosystems as they learn about them.

    What is an ecosystem?

    What living things do you see in your ecosystem?

    What non-living things in this ecosystem help you survive?

    Define the following words: ecosystem, ecology, abiotic factor, biotic factor

    How are living things organized?

    Define the following words: organism, species, population, community - explain how these are interconnected.

    Discuss the roles various animals have and how those roles affect other members of the community.

    Define niche and habitat.

    What happens when habitats change?

    Explain how weather, disasters, and human intervention may change a habitat.