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  • Ecosystems and Biodiversity

    Book Chapter | May 2014

    The purpose of this lab is to introduce students to the concepts of ecosystems, food chains, food webs, and biodiversity, and to determine ”How Does Food Web Complexity Affect the Biodiversity of an Ecosystem?” The lab…

  • Matter in Ecosystems

    Book Chapter | July 2015

    The purpose of this lab is to have students apply their knowledge of how chemicals cycle through the living and nonliving components of an ecosystem. Specifically, they will explore their natural surroundings where they…

  • Ecosystem Cycles

    Book Chapter | March 2011

    The purpose of this assessment probe is to elicit students’ ideas about the transfer of matter and energy in ecosystems. The probe is designed to reveal whether students recognize that only matter is cycled through an…

  • Earthworm Distribution in the Schoolyard Ecosystem

    Journal Article | June 2020

  • The Dynamics Within Ecosystems

    Journal Article | April 2019

    on plants, their needs, and where and how an ecosystem can sustain them. Older … in environments in which their particular needs are met. A healthy ecosystem …

  • An Ecosystem Experience

    Journal Article | April 2018

    Gather authentic data on a nesting coastal seabird.

  • Matter and Energy in Organisms and Ecosystems

    Book Chapter | September 2014

    The big idea for an area of study that challenges students year after year but yet is essential to life processes is the relationship between matter and energy—how we get and use energy for life. If we put a phrase to…

  • Ecosystem Board Game

    Book Chapter | September 2018

    This lesson asks students to explore the positive and negative factors affecting ecosystems and their impact on either an endangered species or an invasive species. Student teams first conduct research on the real-life…

  • Lake Michigan–A Fragile Ecosystem

    Book Chapter | June 2016

    Commercial fishermen have noticed declining numbers and smaller sizes of the fish they catch in Lake Michigan, and they want to know how the government’s stocking program is affecting their catch. In this problem, the…

  • Food Webs and Ecosystems

    Book Chapter | July 2015

    The purpose of this lab is for students to apply their understanding of ecosystems and the eating relationships that occur within them. Specifically, students will consider ”Which Member of an Ecosystem Would Affect the…

  • A Dazzling Journey to an Aquarium Ecosystem

    Journal Article | February 2018

    Using instructional technology engages students with close-up views of organisms.

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