What is an ecosystem?
In this collection students will compare and contrast ecosystems in order to define them.
It can be used as part of a larger study on ecosystems and interconnections.
This collection contains images and videos depicting the biotic and abiotic elements of a desert and rainforest ecosystem. The accompanying note catcher links to an article on ecosystems from National Geographic and a TedTalk about the body as an ecosystem.
Guiding Questions: Students will construct responses to the following guiding questions as they work with this collection:
GQ 1: What is an ecosystem?
GQ 2: What makes a healthy ecosystem?
Big Idea: As students work with this collection to answer the guiding questions, they will understand that an ecosystem is made up of the living and non-living elements of work together to create a bubble of life. Students will learn that all of the elements of an ecosystem are interconnected and that a healthy ecosystem is diverse and well-balanced.
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