Reflection: What is an Ecosystem? - Section 3: Explore


I love observing how motivated this student is while researching ecosystems: Motivated to Develop Theories. He's not only taking notes, but providing extra details (such as the t-chart that helps him organize biotic and abiotic factors in an ecosystem). I also enjoy hearing him explain his own thoughts and theories along the way. 

I often struggle with finding a balance between helping students make sense of information and trusting students to be information seekers on their own. I think that this student was more motivated to learn because: 1. There was one research question, making the learning process more manageable, 2. There was a variety of sources (videos and text), and 3. The pictures of examples and non-examples of ecosystems made students even more curious.

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What is an Ecosystem?

Unit 2: Ecosystems
Lesson 1 of 28

Objective: SWBAT explain the meaning of an ecosystem.

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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Science, ecosystem, global warming, abiotic factors, question, research, answer, explicit details, decomposition, biotic
  60 minutes
team definitions of an ecosystem
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