Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Exploring the Movement of Matter in Ecosystems (Day 2) - Section 3: Explore


To develop my students’ ability to apply unifying ideas to make connections across science content, I'll often show videos as part of my instruction. Many times I use them at the beginning of lessons to inspire student interest and provide background information. 

I find that videos make learning more accessible to all students and are frequently the most engaging method for students to learn new information. The key is finding the perfect video that is engaging, age appropriate, and aligned with grade level standards. I use a variety of video sources, including YouTube, Montana PBS, WatchKnowLearn, and SchoolTube.

According to the National Teacher Training Institute, when videos are used in the classroom, students...

  • retain more information
  • understand concepts more rapidly 
  • are more enthusiastic about what they are learning

  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Videos
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Exploring the Movement of Matter in Ecosystems (Day 2)

Unit 2: Ecosystems
Lesson 22 of 28

Objective: SWBAT describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, and decomposers.

Big Idea: In this lesson, students learn about the 6 Essential Nutrients for proper growth in animals and explore even more ways that matter moves between organisms in a food chain. Then, students will add to their summaries from yesterday.

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