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Not having any experience with this curriculum before, I started with square one: unit one, which is Interaction with Ecosystems. I went through and organized the curriculum outcomes into four general themes which I hope to cover over the course of 4-5 weeks. Here is how I organized them:
Introduction to Ecosystems
Enduring Understanding: Ecosystems contain complex interactions between organisms and their environment.
7-1-01 Use appropriate vocabulary related to their investigations of interactions
within ecosystems. Include: ecosystem, biosphere, abiotic, biotic,
organisms, ecological succession, photosynthesis, cellular respiration,
ecological pyramid, bioaccumulation, scavengers, decomposers,
7-1-02 Define ecosystem, and describe various examples that range from the
microscopic to the entire biosphere. Include: a place on Earth where living
things interact with other living things as well as non-living things.
7-1-03 Identify abiotic and biotic components of ecosystems that allow particular
organisms to survive.
7-1-04 Define ecological succession & identify signs of succession in a variety of
ecosystems. Include: the natural process whereby some specific are
replaced by other species in a predictable pattern.
Ecosystem Protection & Preservation
Enduring Understanding: Environmental, social, and economic factors influence human relationships with ecosystems, including management and preservation.
7-1-05 Identify & describe positive and negative examples of human interventions
that have an impact on ecological succession or the makeup of ecosystems.
7-1-06 Identify environmental, social, & economic factors that should be considered
in management & preservation of ecosystems
7-1-07 Propose a course of action to protect the habitat of particular organism within
Matter Cycling, Food Webs & Ecological Pyramids
Enduring Understanding: Matter and energy are cycled naturally within an ecosystem through the relationship between producers and consumers.
7-1-08 Compare photosynthesis to cellular respiration, and explain how both are
part of the cycling of matter and the transfer of energy in ecosystems.
Include: photosynthesis, cellular respiration
7-1-09 Analyze food webs, using ecological pyramids, to show energy gained or
lost at various consumer levels.
7-1-10 Analyze, using ecological pyramids, the implications of the loss of producers
and consumers to the transfer of energy within an ecosystem.
7-1-11 Explain, using ecological pyramids, the potential or bioaccumulation within
7-1-12 Provide examples of scavengers & decomposers, and describe their role in
cycling matter in an ecosystem.
Micro-Organisms & Humans
Enduring Understanding: Knowledge and understanding of micro-organisms have improved food production and preservation techniques, as well as ease of human consumption.
7-1-14 Identify beneficial & harmful roles played by micro-organisms
7-1-15 Research & describe human food production or preservation techniques that
apply a knowledge of micro-organisms.
In addition to hard-copy resources I have available in the school and from colleagues, I also started to organize some online resources to supplement our classroom activities. If you happen to be following along with me on Twitter you have probably noticed how excited I've been about some of the neat things I've been finding! Not wanting to keep all the fun to myself, I wanted to share them with all of you! Here are the resources I found, organized by the themes I stated above. For each one I've included the title, a very brief point about what it includes, and the link.
Introduction to Ecosystems
National Geographic - Ecosystems Education
- Articles, activities, colouring pages, etc
University of Alberta Biology Department - Ecosystem Labeling Interactive
- Biotic, abiotic, mimicry, producer, consumer, parasitism, mutualism, commensalism
Ecosystem Sampling Outdoor Activity
- Biotic and abiotic components
Ecosystems Rap Song
- Abiotic, biotic, niche, limiting factors, adaptation, mutualism, commensalism,
- Review activity
- Good copy Music Video available at:
- Lyrics available at:
Web of Life Interactive Game
- Abiotic, biotic, human interference, preservation/protection
- Good lead up to next section
- Wildlife management, special conservation areas
- Provincially relevant
“Partner Interview” Review Activity
- Negative effects, positive effects, protected habitats, management, endangered
Sheppard Software - Food Chain Game
- Simple, large, marine, mixed, full, human intervention
Sheppard Software - Matter Cycling Info
- Producers/Consumers, food chain, bigger chains, photosynthesis, decomposers
BrainPop - Food Fight Game
- Make food pyramids
- Educators Support Document
“Candle in a Jar” Photosynthesis Candle/Plant in Jar
- Photosynthesis and cellular respiration
Food Safety Music - “Microbes They Might Kill You” - “We Are The Microbes”
- Queen Song Parody
Micro-organisms - Environmental Literacy Council
- Environment, humans, negatives
Love Your Gut Activity Book
- Bacteria, fungi, viruses, good effects, bad effects
I hope you find these resources as awesome as I do! If there is something you think I should add to my list let me know, I'd love to hear about the awesome things you are using with your class :)