Ecology Lesson Plans

  • Lab Experiment
    Fish Tank Nitrogen Cycle Lab
    Published by NGSS Life Science. Lesson Plan (PDF)

    Lesson Plan (DOCX) with Membership
     
    Experiment
    Students will graph and analyze data to determine why fish died in a pretend fish tank.
    NGSS Standard
    HS-LS2.B: Cycles of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems
     
    Published by NGSS Life Science High School
  • Worksheet
    Frozen Frog WS
    Published by NGSS Life Science. Lesson Plan (PDF)

    Lesson Plan (DOCX) with Membership
     
    Worksheet
    This is a great twist on an interesting fact that wood frogs can freeze in the winter and thaw in the spring to resume living. Students evaluate two claims and evidence statements and then write their own. Students then share out and evaluate each others as a class. This worksheet helps students to build their claim evidence and reasoning skills.
    NGSS Standard
    HS-LS2-6
    HS-LS2.C: Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience
     
    Published by NGSS Life Science High School
  • Multimedia
    California’s Energy Initiative
    Video
     
    Multimedia
    California looks into developing clean energy to supply its needs. Economics, environmental science, politics, and electricity generation topics are covered.
    NGSS Standard
     
    Published by WGBH Educational Foundation High School
  • Lab Experiment
    Particulates in the Air
    Lesson Plan
     
    Experiment
    Students put Petroleum jelly on microscope slides to collect air particulates at different locations. Students then discuss the likely sources of the particulates.
    NGSS Standard
     
    Published by Stephen Levine High School
  • Lab Experiment
    Owl Pellets
    Student Handout
     
    Experiment
    Owl pellets can be used to teach a part of the natural food chain. They can also be used to teach skeletal structure of rodents. Owl pellets are compact undigested parts which the owl eats. The owl regurgitates these compact pellets which contain fur, bones, etc. of small rodents. Dry pellets will not smell or be unpleasant for students to handle.
    NGSS Standard
     
    Published by High School

More Ecology lesson plans are in the works.
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