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Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment.

 
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What is an Ecosystem?

5th Grade Science » Unit: Ecosystems
5th Grade Science » Unit: Ecosystems
Kara Nelson
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

In this lesson, students will research several sources to answer the question, "What is an ecosystem?" At the end of today's lesson, students will compile their research in a class idea web.

 
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team definitions of an ecosystem
   

Producers, Consumers, & Decomposers

5th Grade Science » Unit: Ecosystems
5th Grade Science » Unit: Ecosystems
Kara Nelson
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

In this lesson, students research the roles of producers, consumers, and decomposers within an ecosystem. Then, students apply this understanding by identifying the roles of organisms within the Yellowstone National Park ecosystem.

 
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student researching
   

Constructing Ecosystem Models

5th Grade Science » Unit: Ecosystems
5th Grade Science » Unit: Ecosystems
Kara Nelson
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

In this lesson, students will attach two large plastic bottles to create a ecocolumn, with an aquarium ecosystem in the bottom bottle and a terrarium ecosystem in the top bottle.

 
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class ecocolumns 2
   

Food Webs

5th Grade Science » Unit: Transfer of Energy and Matter Through Organisms in an Ecosystem
5th Grade Science » Unit: Transfer of Energy and Matter Through Organisms in an Ecosystem
Jennifer Sallas
Boynton Beach, FL
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Students will determine which animals live in various ecosystems, then create a poster of a food web for one of the given ecosystems.

 
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food web
   

Bacteria, Protists, & Fungi Kingdoms

5th Grade Science » Unit: Ecosystems
5th Grade Science » Unit: Ecosystems
Kara Nelson
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

In this lesson, students will learn about the characteristics of living organisms and their categories. Then, students will delve deeper into four of the kingdoms by studying the roles of bacteria (archaebacteria & eubacteria), protists, and fungi.

 
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protists fungi 2
   

Study of Environmental Issues: Water Pollution

5th Grade Science » Unit: Ecosystems
5th Grade Science » Unit: Ecosystems
Kara Nelson
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

In this lesson, students continue creating a big book on environmental issues. Today, they explore water pollution by researching the problem, causes, impact, and the steps humans can take help protect the environment.

 
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water pollution 2
   

Abiotic & Biotic Factors in Ecosystems

5th Grade Science » Unit: Ecosystems
5th Grade Science » Unit: Ecosystems
Kara Nelson
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

In this lesson, students will be examining how the biotic (living) and abiotic (nonliving) factors are interacting within the aquarium portion of their ecocolumns models.

 
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biotic notes
   

Day One of Plaid Pete Discovers What's Living

5th Grade Science » Unit: Plaid Pete Discovers What Matters in Ecosystems
5th Grade Science » Unit: Plaid Pete Discovers What Matters in Ecosystems
Amy Miller
Lynden, WA
Environment: Rural
 
Big Idea:

What are the characteristics that are shared by all living things? Students participate in a guided exploration using observation charts to learn about what it means to be "living."

 
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Abiotic & Biotic Factors in the Yellowstone Ecosystem

5th Grade Science » Unit: Ecosystems
5th Grade Science » Unit: Ecosystems
Kara Nelson
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

In this lesson, students will now apply their understanding of abiotic and biotic factors to a larger and naturally occurring ecosystem, Yellowstone National Park.

 
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yellowstone ecosystem labeled
   

Study of Environmental Issues: Overfishing

5th Grade Science » Unit: Ecosystems
5th Grade Science » Unit: Ecosystems
Kara Nelson
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

In this lesson, students begin creating a big book on environmental issues. Today, they explore overfishing by researching the problem, causes, impact, and the steps humans can take help protect the environment.

 
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overfishing 2
   

Exploring the Movement of Matter in Ecosystems (Day 1)

5th Grade Science » Unit: Ecosystems
5th Grade Science » Unit: Ecosystems
Kara Nelson
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

In this lesson, students learn about the types of matter that move amongst producers, consumers, and decomposers. To summarize today's lesson, students will construct a paragraph, explaining how matter flows through the food chain.

 
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matter on poster
   

Food Chains & Food Webs: Direct Instruction

7th Grade Science » Unit: Energy in Life: Food Chains & Food Webs
7th Grade Science » Unit: Energy in Life: Food Chains & Food Webs
Andrea Pless
Wheat Ridge, CO
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Eating out in the natural world.

 
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food web
   

The 6 Kingdoms of Life: The Plant Kingdom

5th Grade Science » Unit: Ecosystems
5th Grade Science » Unit: Ecosystems
Kara Nelson
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

In this lesson, students learn about the classifications of plants within the plant kingdom. Then, students further research plant structures while analyzing how different plants meet their needs.

 
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students collaborating
   

Yellowstone National Park Food Chains

5th Grade Science » Unit: Ecosystems
5th Grade Science » Unit: Ecosystems
Kara Nelson
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

In this lesson, students research the specific roles of producers, consumers, and decomposers within the Yellowstone ecosystem. Then, students use this information to create and describe food chain models.

 
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students making food chains
   

Day 1- Vertebrates vs Invertebrates

5th Grade Science » Unit: Ecosystems and Interactions
5th Grade Science » Unit: Ecosystems and Interactions
Carrie Boyden
Fitchburg, MA
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

Students will conduct research on vertebrates and invertebrates to identify structures that help them grow, develop, and survive.

 
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vertebrate or
Next Gen Science
 
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