ecosystems lessons?

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  1. newteacher52

    newteacher52 Rookie

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    hello everyone, I am working on my last year at school before certification and need to do a unit on the ecosystems in my field work. Do anyone have any good ideas they'd like to share?
     
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    czacza Multitudinous

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    Any particular ecosystem, or ecosystems in general?
     
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    My 3rd grade class is creating a diorama of an ecosystem in school. Each child chose an ecosystem (tropical, ocean, tundra, desert, etc.) that they wanted to create.

    I sent home a letter to the parents about the project and what materials we needed. The children had to research their ecosystem. They wrote down 8-10 facts about their ecosystem.

    In class, they are creating their own ecosystem and I am using a rubric to grade them. After creating the diorama, each student is going to type up a paragraph about their ecosystem to attach to their diorama. The project is coming along great.

    Hope this helps!
     
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    We do a take on a Project Wild Activity. We call it Polar Bears in Prospect (a town near our school) and Aligators in Anchorage. They have to work as teams to design a zoo exhibit appropriate for one of them. Then, they get to design their own creature (we tie it to adaptations) and create an ecosystem for their creature. This one is a diorama. If you can get your hands on a Project Wild book, they have amazing lessons on ecosystems.
     
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    The teacher i'm working with assigned me the "ecosystems" theme, so i guess it isn't any specific ones. I need to incorporate other subjects in my lessons... i'm finding this very difficult.
     
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    I too have to do an ecosystem unit. I think I have a lot of it nailed down but want something memorable for predator and prey/parasite host. I am going to read The Lorax by Dr. Suess to tie it all together at the end. The problem I'm running into is I only have 25 minutes to teach anything :-(. By the time I get all the kids seated and books out etc I have like 15-20 minutes of usable time. Not enough to do any real interactive activities. Any ideas for things that could be started as a class and taken home or continued outside of class time? My class is fourth grade.
     

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