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Author

EPA

Grades

5th, 6th, 7th, 8th

Subjects

Science, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences

Resource Types

  • Activity - Outdoors
  • Worksheet
  • Lesson Plan, 15 - 20 minutes

Regional Focus

Global

Format

PDF

Ecosystem Services Assessment

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Synopsis
  • In this outdoor activity, students assess and investigate ecosystem services provided by nature in an outdoor environment. 
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • There is no better way for students to observe, describe, and discover ecosystem services of an area than engaging in an outdoor activity.
  • Students will gain a better understanding of ecosystem services because they can touch, feel, and hear what they are learning about.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Teachers will need to print the handouts for students.
  • Classes will need access to an area outside to observe the environment.

Differentiation

  • As an extension, students can complete the table in Part 3 for a second area in the community and present it to their classmates.
  • This activity can be used as a final activity for a unit on ecosystems.
  • Students can be challenged to identify or predict the effects of climate change on ecosystem services in the area where they conducted this activity.
  • Other recommended resources include Ecosystem Services Bingo and Forests Near or Far Can Protect Water for Cities.
Scientist Notes
The resource engages students in field activities where they can identify selected ecosystem services and connect these services to the potential benefits they offer. This is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • English Language Arts
    • Writing: History, Science & Technical Subjects (6-12)
      • 6-8.WHST.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
  • Science
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • 5.LS2.1 Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment.
      • 7.LS2.1 Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.
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