1 The Hook
I use this Google Slide presentation to get started.
Teacher will start the class with a discussion of biotic vs. abiotic.
Teacher will give students a list of living/non-living things and ask them to classify the list in their science notebook.
Once students have classified all items, the teacher will to through 4 things that living things do or can do.
Teacher will then show the YouTube video in the presentation titiled "Human Impact on the Environment" and have students write down what they wonder about the video.
Teacher will have students share their wonders with the class.
Students will classify the list of living and non-living things in their science notebook based on their prior knowledge of living and non-living.
Students will revise their answers/clasifications as needed to fit the new definition.
Students will watch the video and write down what things they wonder about the video and be prepared to share those wonders with the class.
2 Direct Instruction
Using the same Google Slides presentation, the teacher will go through what an ecosystem is, types of ecosystems, what a food web is, adaptations, and climate so that students have a working knowledge to start their official research into their ecosystem.
Students take notes and interact with the teacher as they build the foundations of ecosystems that they will need for their final product.
3 Research (Guided)
The teacher will go through the details of the Ecosystem Project.
The teacher will show students where they can find the links for their research. All links were turned into a Symbaloo that can be accessed through the STEM 6 website. Here is the link to the full Symbaloo for this project.
Students will begin their research using the Symbaloo links that they need. They will fill out their research worksheet either on a hardcopy or in Google Docs.
Students are expected to keep track of their sources and include those in their final presentation.
4 Building Their Final Product (Independent Practice)
The teacher will answer questions and help students problem-solve their technology issues.
Students will work to take their research and use it to create a Haiku Deck that conveys the information they have found about their ecosystem in a comprehensible presentation.
Students have a rubric that they can refer to as well as detailed instructions on what is to be in their final presentation.
Students will share their links for their Haiku Deck with the teacher.
5 Wrap Up
Teacher will put students in groups of 9 (one for each ecosystem) and have them take turns presenting in their small groups.
Students will listen to the presentation in small groups and provide feedback in the form of two stars and a wish.
Students will then have the opportunity to make improvements to their presentation before the teacher grades it.