Ecosystems – Fully editable and Complete 5E Lesson. By purchasing this bundle you will save 53% vs. purchasing the individual components separately.
By the end of this 5E lesson, students will:
• Investigate factors related to human activity that affect terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems (specifically coral reef ecosystems)
• Be able to explain how humans affect the sustainability of these ecosystems
• Demonstrate an understanding of the changing nature of ecosystems
• Describe what an ecosystem is as well as the biotic and abiotic factors that make it up
• Gain an appreciation for the importance of sustainability and how fragile our ecosystems really are
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How does the 5E model facilitate learning?
• It emphasizes inquiry, critical thinking, and the process of science
• Its success is backed by countless scientific studies that demonstrate its effectiveness
• It’s built around the idea that humans construct knowledge and meaning from their learning experiences. That they build upon their prior knowledge and to be effective, learning needs to be active and allow the participants to construct new knowledge from their experiences
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– This could involve a short video with probing question or a discussion based around current events, common misconceptions, etc.
– Creates interest and excitement for your students
– Asks questions and probes their initial conceptions
– In this bundle, your students will answer a short question then watch a very brief video on how humans impact the Earth. The questions and video will provide the sustenance for a class discussion
– Students use and develop creative thinking skills, make observations, record results, and make connections
– In this phase, students will complete a special 7-station, Lab Activity where they will gain real experiences with the topic
**Note: The lab station activity requires very little preparation or materials**
– For a complete description of the lab station activity, please see below
– This is the instructional phase where concepts are presented to the students in a clear and applicable way
– Students develop understanding of the content
– Observations and experiences are discussed and critiqued
– Students develop vocabulary
– Students are able to connect the content presented to previous experiences
– The lesson comes in PowerPoint and .PDF formats. For a complete description of the lesson, please see below
– This phase involves the students completing an activity or assignment that forces them to expand their thinking and knowledge of the topic. They will propose solutions and extend their learning to new situations
– This bundle includes a Science Comprehension Reading on Coral Reefs Ecosystems
**Note: The Reading requires no preparation or materials**
– For a complete description of the activity, please see below
– Your students’ will demonstrate their understanding and evaluate their own progress
– This bundle includes a choice of assessment topics that will allow your students to demonstrate their understanding
– For a complete description of the activity, please see below
The NRC’s How People Learn has synthesized decades of research across many different disciplines about how people learn (NRC, 1999 blue right-pointing triangle). Key findings from that synthesis include the following. First, students (people) must be interested and engaged in what they are learning and find it useful and meaningful. Second, students (people) must be actively involved in the process of teaching and learning, comparing new information to previous ideas, constructing new understandings, and quite simply changing their own minds about how the world works. And third, students (people) need opportunities to apply what they have learned to new situations, to check the completeness of their understanding, and to evaluate their own learning for themselves. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2931660/)
By incorporating this 5E lesson, you will provide your students with a meaningful and coherent way of learning that best suits their needs. You will also utilize technology in a way that creates order and promotes understanding.
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Earth and Space Science
This fully editable Lab Station Activity on Ecosystems is meant to get your students out of their seats and engaged in the content. Each station not only offers a unique opportunity to test your students knowledge (offer an opinion, answer questions based on a video or reading, draw, etc.), but also provides a fantastic learning opportunity where your kids are learning through assessment. Each station comes with a description card while some also contain more detailed instructions, a reading, questions to answer, etc. Students are equipped with a recording sheet (passport) to write their answers. There is almost no prep for you. Simply print the cards, lay them out around the room and you’re all set. An answer key is also provided where applicable.
This lab activity covers:
Bonus Activities: To ensure your students don’t have any downtime between stations, your lab also includes a 10-word word scramble and word search, both with an answer key. You can use them as part of their mark, as a bonus so it’s not mandatory, etc. However you choose to use it, it will ensure that your students are always busy and never idle. Note: For stronger classes, I give the word scramble and for weaker ones, the word search.
How do the Lab Stations work? Each station is specially designed to be a unique complement to the material while at the same time, provide a valuable learning experience. Below is an overview of how each station works. In your activity, each will be tailored to the specific content.
Station 1: Get Hands-On – using their creative skills, students are required to draw or build.
Station 2: Research – using a classroom computer or their own device, students must research a specific question/issue surrounding the topic.
Station 3: Explain yourself – students write down an opinion to a question in paragraph form.
Station 4: Rest Station – students can use this time to catch up on work they didn’t have time to complete at a previous station or prepare themselves for an upcoming one.
Station 5 – Applicability reading – students read a short passage from an article, website, etc. which directly connects the classroom content to a real life application.
Station 6: Test your knowledge – students answer 5 multiple choice questions then provide a written explanation for how/why they came to their conclusions.
Station 7: Learn from the expert – using a classroom computer or their own device, students must watch a short video clip and answer the associated questions. They may stop, rewind and restart as often as they like during the time frame.
Station 8 – Rest Station.
Station 9: Become the question master – Students must create 2 multiple-choice questions, 2 true/false questions and 1 short answer question. Students must also supply the answers
Explanation – Ecosystems Lesson
Ecosystems Lesson. This package includes the lesson (student and teacher versions of the PowerPoint), and a student lesson handout as a word document. This ecology lesson PowerPoint is fun and applicable.
Included in the lesson package is:
– The teacher version of the PowerPoint
– The student version of the PowerPoint
– Video embedded into the PowerPoint
– Student lesson handout
In order, the lesson covers:
– Describing Ecosystems
The student version of the PowerPoint contains multiple blanks that need to be filled in throughout the lesson. These blanks are conveniently underlined and bolded on the teacher copy. I have found this to be the most effective means of keeping my students engaged and active without having them write everything out. This also leaves more time for discussion and activities.
Elaborate – Coral Reef Ecosystems and their Future
Coral Reef Ecosystems and their Future: A Science Reading Article – Disciplinary Literacy – Resource For Everyone. Tackle literacy and science by having your students read and answer questions from a scientific article. Questions include knowledge (direct from the paper), thinking, connecting and open-ended varieties.
No Prep, no formatting, no issues. Simply download, print (or upload to your class site) and you’re all set.
**This resource is fully editable for your convenience.**
This resource covers the following topics:
– What are corals?
– Reef Ecosystems
– Threats to Coral Reefs
– Saving the Reefs
The Problem You Face – Not having the time to properly teach scientific literacy (disciplinary literacy) or improve your students reading comprehension and analysis skills.
This fully editable, NO PREP reading comprehension article is composed of relevant, applicable and engaging reading activities which can be used to:
• improve your students reading comprehension and scientific literacy skills
• improve your students analyse skills
• provide an extension activity to students who move at a faster pace
Evaluate – There are two assessment items in the evaluation section. Choose to use one or both.
Allow your students to learn through inquiry with this research based, partner assignment. They will study the impact of a factor related to human activity that threatens the sustainability of a terrestrial or aquatic ecosystem in your area. The activity is in word and is fully customization.
Your students will gain research as well as presentations skills and be given a chance to use their own device (smartphone, etc.) in the classroom if you see fit.
Included in the lesson package is:
– A full overview of the task
– 9 topics to choose from
– A full overview of the expectations as well as a complete marking rubric