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Ecology Lesson Plans

  • Acid Rain And How It Affects Our Environment- Demonstrate phenomenologically the effects of acid rain on our environment and perform long-term "real-time" experiments.
  • Animal Welfare Hearing- Three or four students are the joint chairpersons of the hearing, and they basically run class for the next week. I have the kids dress up for extra credit. This adds a great touch and really gets them into the role playing aspect of the activity.
  • Bad Neighbors - Students will understand how organisms affect the ecosystem and then how ecosystems reach a state of balance.
  1. Biodiversity Activities- The first activity illustrates how to use math to calculate a simplified version of the diversity index of a selected habitat.
  2. Building A Biome- The main objective in this Mini-teach is to show students how different plants grow in each biome.
  3. Cemetery Demographics- Using a local cemetery as a data source, students collect four pools of data from different periods of a town's history to construct life tables: mortality and survivorship curves.
  4. Cricket Patch Density- A semester-length field study investigating the size of a grassland patch as related to cricket population density. By utilizing the mark-recapture method, students apply the Lincoln-Peterson equation to population estimates.
  5. Design an Ecosystem- Students create a simple, imaginary ecosystem.
  6. Earth Day Birthday Party- This is an encapsulated method to teach population dynamics, conservation, and the effects of overpopulation on our planet's resources.
  7. Ecosystem - To review for the final exam the section covering ecology and the ecosystem including review of important vocabulary terms and check for understanding on how these terms are used in describing an ecosystem.
  8. Ethnobotanicals- This is a newly designed thematic unit which will explore the medicinal values of local plants. It is designed as a generic unit that will allow for regional differences.
  9. Filtering Water To Prevent Pollution- Students will see the techniques that are used to filter our water. Students will gain an idea as to various pollutants which can contaminate our water and an appreciation of the need to keep our water supplies clean.
  10. How Organisms Respond To Changes In Their Environment- To observe the reaction of living cells to mechanical and chemical stimuli.
  11. Hunting Dilemma- Hunting is one of those controversial issues which has strong opinions on both sides. Sometimes those opinions are based on feeling instead of fact.
  12. Hurricanes & Ecosystem Affects - Students will grow Wisconsin Fast Plants in the presence of one possible contaminate that could be present in flood waters caused by a hurricane.
  13. Life in a Drop of Water- To classify the types of organisms observed as single-celled or multi-cellular. Use a key or chart to identify and name the organisms found.
  14. Ocean Advocacy Project - Advocate and educate the public about the environmental dangers that the ocean ecosystem faces and what can be done to save it.
  15. Rat Islands- This group activiy asks students to use their imagination to design a rat which is adapted to survive on an island.
  16. Saving Humpty Dumpty- . Students will discuss ways to reduce, reuse, or recycle resources in the life-cycle for a shoe product. Students will investigate why consumers purchase certain shoe products.
  17. Temperatures Around the World - Students see how those temperatures changed throughout the seasons, and how the patterns of change differ depending on where in the word your are.
  18. The Demise of a Halloween Pumpkin- The two pumpkins will be placed side by side on a plastic tray in our classroom. We will observe these pumpkins for approximately three months. You will keep a log on the pumpkins.
  19. The Effects of Pesticides on the Food Chain- Students will discuss possible consequences of pesticides entering the food chain.
  20. Water Purification- Participants will develop an understanding and appreciation of water purification techniques and their implications for health maintenance.
  21. Water Quality Integrated Unit- Students in the biology classroom participate in authentic "hands-on" activities to test and measure the water quality of local sources and then compare and contrast results of the community's water to water quality of aquaculture fish-raising tanks maintained by the vocational agricultural classes.
  22. We All Live Downstream- To understand how land use influences water quality, students are asked to represent how a section of riverfront property would be used if given one million dollars.