Bond with James: Ecology Unit Activities 1

Monday, November 7, 2016

Ecology Unit Activities 1

I just ended a unit over ecology and wanted to share a few of the activities and stations that I had my students complete as they were learning about the concept.  There is a link to additional activities at the end of this post. 

Levels of Organization Gallery Walk
This station had 17 cards covering the levels of organization (LOO).  While I was covering ecological LOO, I had also covered LOO in organisms and wanted to review previous terms.  Therefore, there cards contained images covering the following terms:

  • atoms, molecules, organelles, cells, tissues, organ, organ systems, organism, population, community, ecosystem, biome, and biosphere. 

Each card had a term that briefly described to students what they were observing.  Students carried a stations sheet where they identified the LOO and whether each card depicted biotic factors and/or abiotic factors. 

Symbiosis Scenarios
This particular station contained 12 different symbiotic relationship scenarios.  Students only had to complete four cards, however, they had to pick one example of each type of symbiotic relationship.

Biome Energy Flow (Food Chain & Food Web) 
This station had 6 different versions, as I had incorporated various biomes (e.g. deserts, forests, etc.) and allowed students to choose one energy flow station. 

Students had to create 3 food chains and 1 food web using a specific number of cards. Out of all the stations, this was the most popular station among the students.  This particular activity may be found by clicking here.

I hope you enjoyed reading and viewing the pictures about a few of the things I used during my ecology unit. You can check out the other ecology unit activities that I shared by clicking here.

Share your ideas for how you engage and motivate students when teaching ecology in the comment section below! 


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