Curriculum

How Can We Predict Change in Ecosystems?

This module is being field tested and will be available to purchase from fall 2018

How Can We Predict Change in Ecosystems?

How Can We Predict Change in Ecosystems? is part of Smithsonian Science for the Classroom, a brand new curriculum series by the Smithsonian Science Education Center. It is aligned to a group of grade 5 standards. It has a focus on life science with a secondary focus on physical science. In this module, students:

  • Plan an carry out investigations to determine where plants get the matter and energy they need to grow
  • Analyze data to determine where animals get the matter and energy they need to grow
  • Make observations and use models to understand how producers, consumers, and decomposers depend on each other in a system
  • Analyze data and carry out an investigation to determine how adding or removing a species can change interactions in an ecosystem
  • Use models to predict the impact of introducing a new species to an ecosystem

Below are digital resources that support teaching of this module.

Lesson 1: Stayin’ Alive

Ecosystems
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Plants
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Pre-assessment Plant and Animals
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Trees
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Plants Grow

 

Lesson 2: Why Matter Matters

  

Lesson 3: With or Without You
Lesson 4: Panda Power

Trees
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Baby Animals
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Lesson 5: Of Plants and Pandas

Pandas on the Move 

This link is to a video of a panda cub going to explore outside for the first time.

 

Burning Peanut

 

Bamboo Art
http://www.asia.si.edu/collections/edan/object.php?q=fsg_F1915.36d
This video shows artwork of Ni Zan, known for painting bamboo.

Lesson 6: Eating for Energy

  

Lesson 7: Ecosystem Energy

Temperate Forest 
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Lesson 8: Decomposers Do the Dirty Work

Forest Floor 
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Lesson 9: The Web of Life

  

Lesson 10: Very Hungry Caterpillars

Butterfly Life Cycle
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Cabbage White Caterpillars 

 

Invasive Species Database 
https://www.invasive.org/index.cfm

Lesson 11: Invaders or Not?

New Neighbors Photos
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Lesson 12: Observing Outcomes

 

 

Lesson 13: The Motion of the Ocean

Tidepools
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Lesson 14: Changing Tidepools

 

 

Lesson 15: Presenting… Predictions

 

 

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