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Ecosystems | Unit at a Glance

Unit at a Glance

Ecosystems Unit

Lesson 1 –Pretest and Key Features of Ecosystems (1 hr 5 min)

  • Activity 1.1: Ecosystems Unit Pretest (20 min)
  • Activity 1.2: Expressing Ideas for Patterns in Ecosystems (15 min)
  • Activity 1.3: Key Features of Ecosystems (30 min)

Lesson 2 – Patterns in Biomass in Ecosystems (2 hr)

  • Activity 2.1: Predictions About Patters in Ecosystems (30 min)
  • Activity 2.2: The Meadow Simulation (50 min)
  • Activity 2.3: Evidence-Based Arguments About Patterns in Ecosystems (40 min)

Lesson 3 – Matter Cycles and Energy Flows in Ecosystems (2 hr 50 min)

  • Activity 3.1: Carbon Pools (20 min)
  • Activity 3.2: Carbon Dice Game (30 min)
  • Activity 3.3: Tracing Carbon Through an Ecosystem (40+ min)
  • Activity 3.4: Tracing Energy Through an Ecosystem (30 min)
  • Activity 3.5: Explaining Patterns in Ecosystem (20 min)

Lesson 4 – Ecosystem Services and Changes in Ecosystems (2 hr 50 min)

  • Activity 4.1: Farms are Ecosystems, Too (30 min)
  • Activity 4.2: Changes in Ecosystems Over Time (40 min)
  • Activity 4.3: Ecosystem Disturbances (45 minutes)

Lesson 5 – Ecosystems Application and Posttest (1 hr 65 min)

  • Activity 5.1: (Optional) Ecosystem Services and Carbon in Ecosystems (40+ min)
  • Activity 5.2: (Optional) Energy and Matter in Food Webs (20 min)
  • Activity 5.3: How Ecosystems Matter (45 min)
  • Activity 5.4: Ecosystems Unit Posttest (20 min)