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Ecosystems | Activity 1.2

Activity 1.2: Expressing Ideas for Patterns in Ecosystems Worksheet (40 min)

Materials You Provide

  • sticky notes (1 for each student)

Resources Provided


Print one copy of the 1.2 Expressing Ideas Tool for Ecosystems, Big Idea Probe: Wolves and Deer (optional), and 1.2 Ecosystems Storyline Reading: Learning from the Work of Bonnie McGill for each student.


1. Have students discuss the pretest

Ask students to write down questions they have after taking the pretest (for instance, on the back of their 1.2 Expressing Ideas Tool for Ecosystems). Explain that we will try to answer most of those during the Ecosystems unit.


Use the 1.2 Assessing Expressing Ideas Tool for Ecosystems to note how students are responding. Do not tell them what Level 4 types of responses you are looking for, just that you are interested in how they are thinking about ecosystems right now.


Check to see what types of ideas students have about ecosystems.