Ecosystems Unit Plan

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Is lesson planning just too much on top of teaching on top of grading on top of classroom management on top of *ahem* living your life?  Get all the guidance you need to teach a comprehensive, no-prep ecology unit either in person, hybrid, or virtual with my all inclusive Ecosystems Unit Plan bundle!

 

This unit guide will save you time, engage your students, and wow your administrators! Unit overview, NGSS standards, and a pacing guide are all included with links to relevant resources to make planning a breeze.

 

This free Ecosystems Unit Plan covers: 

  • Enduring understandings
  • NGSS Standards
  • A brief description of all resources included in this bundle
  • Suggested pacing
  • Key vocabulary with definitions
  • Additional resources

 

Who is this resource for?

This resource can be used by classroom teachers, tutors, and parents of students in grades 6-9.

This resource is ideal for teachers who teach in person, online, or hybrid. Digital versions are included with all resources to make lesson planning a breeze!

 

How do I teach this unit? 

Download the full unit that corresponds to this unit here.

 

Topics covered in this unit include:

  • What is Science?
  • Scientific Method (variables & controls)
  • Bias & Error
  • Graphing & Data Analysis

 

Key Features of this Unit:

  • Can be implemented in person, hybrid, or virtual
  • Several engaging Google Slides lessons
  • Several guided reading resources for homework or class practice
  • Project based learning
  • Formative and summative assessment

 

What’s Included?

This unit guide is a downloadable PDF with a link to a Google Docs version.

 

Please take a look at the individual product preview files to see more of the resources included in this bundle.

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NGSS STANDARDS COVERED BY THIS ECOSYSTEMS UNIT PLAN:

NGSSMS-LS2-1
Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem. Emphasis is on cause and effect relationships between resources and growth of individual organisms and the numbers of organisms in ecosystems during periods of abundant and scarce resources.
NGSSMS-LS2-4
Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations. Emphasis is on recognizing patterns in data and making warranted inferences about changes in populations, and on evaluating empirical evidence supporting arguments about changes to ecosystems.
NGSSMS-LS2-5
Evaluate competing design solutions for maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services. Examples of ecosystem services could include water purification, nutrient recycling, and prevention of soil erosion. Examples of design solution constraints could include scientific, economic, and social considerations.
NGSSMS-LS2-3
Develop a model to describe the cycling of matter and flow of energy among living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem. Emphasis is on describing the conservation of matter and flow of energy into and out of various ecosystems, and on defining the boundaries of the system. Assessment does not include the use of chemical reactions to describe the processes.
NGSSMS-LS2-2
Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems. Emphasis is on predicting consistent patterns of interactions in different ecosystems in terms of the relationships among and between organisms and abiotic components of ecosystems. Examples of types of interactions could include competitive, predatory, and mutually beneficial.

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