Reflection: Real World Applications Plaid Pete Has A Plan! - Section 5: Reflection & Closure


I was disappointed when I wasn't able to obtain live animals for students to build their own ecosystems in a jar.  After seeing the excitement and complete engagement during research, I am glad it worked out the way it did.  This unit has really been built upon reading in the content area, and now my students have an opportunity to really apply what they have learned in a meaningful context. 

I think back to the pre-assessment when I asked my students the question, "What is an ecosystem?, and most were only able to give a very limited understanding.  Now they have the opportunity to research and then share what will become a wide variety of ecosystems that comprise our wonderful planet. Sometimes our failed endeavors turn out to be our greatest lessons!

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Plaid Pete Has A Plan!

Unit 2: Plaid Pete Discovers What Matters in Ecosystems
Lesson 16 of 20

Objective: SWBAT collaboratively construct a plan to create a model ecosystem.

Big Idea: What factors are needed to create a balanced ecosystem? Students put together what they have learned about the roles of living organisms and their trophic levels, to plan a balanced ecosystem.

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