Discussion in 'Fifth Grade' started by teaching4God, Aug 14, 2008.
Aug 14, 2008
Tell me what you are doing with ecosystems this year.
I teach younger children, but we always go with different biomes. Last year we studied the desert and looked at the animals and plants that live there....we've done the rainforest and studied the water cycles with the animals and plants, and we've done mountains and studied runoff, etc.
I am new to fifth grade, and to this forum. I have been doing some research on ecosystems to try and design some engaging lessons.
I want to work on some of the ideas from "Bottle Biology". I have found a lot of information on the web about this!
I also searched Teacher Tube and found a couple of clips on ecosystems.
I found a great webquest, and some pretty good research sites.
Let me know if you want some links.
I would love to have some links. Thanks a bunch!
We do ecosystems in 4th and I like to break my kids up into different groups to do research on them. They make food webs w/ pics from our conservation magazines for their ecosystem. They attach the plants/animals w/ yarn and put them on large butcher paper to display. Fun and engaging for them. Good group work. We do a lot of "what if's" w/ the projects. "What if a fire destroyed the forest what may happen?" kinda things.
I will be teaching 5th and 6th for the first time this year. I would love it if you could share what you've found so far on ecosystems. I think it might be one of the first things I do for science this year.
Links...Hope this helps
Hope these help! Some of them are purely informational. When I tackle a subject I haven't taught before, I like to immerse my self in as much information as possible so I feel familiar with the topic! I hope that you find some of them useful for other science topics you are tackling this year. This is my first time teaching science, so I am really nervous :huh:
Scroll Down for TONS of Ecosystem Links
http://www.sf.adfg.state.ak.us/stat...tivities/ecology/ecology ii_who eats whom.pdf
Teacher Tube Videos
I am hoping to use some of these videos to engage my students while teaching ecosystems...a note...these are on TEACHER tube, not YOUTUBE
I'm not sure that these links will work, but if they don't search for...
Challenges of Our Changing World
Exploring the Food Change
Human Effects of Environmental Quality
The Interactions within a Community
The Circle of Life
BTW, I have a Smart Board, so I show these videos on that. Last year, our favorite was Mrs. Burke's Area and Perimeter Rap, and our scores on Area and Perimeter *due to this and other strategies* were awesome!!!
Aug 15, 2008
I teach the 4th grade, but we have a STC hands-on science kit on ecosystems. We connect soda bottles to create a terrarium and aquarium that rely on each other. We put guppies and some plants as a food source in the aquarium, and we plant different seeds in the terrarium to create an environment for our pillbugs and crickets. It is lots of fun!