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137 reviewed resources for urban ecosystems

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Urban Ecosystems 2: Why Are There Cities? A Historical Perspective

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Young scholars investigate the importance of food surpluses to the historical development of urban ecosystems.
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Urban Ecosystems 4: Metabolism of Urban Ecosystems

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers discover that material and energy uses by a city come from outside the city boundaries. They realize that the pathway of these material is linear instead of cyclical as they are in natural ecosystems.
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Urban Ecosystems 2: Why are There Cities? A Historical Perspective

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Second in a series of five lessons, this instructional activity encourages preteens to consider cities as urban ecosystems. First, they keep a food diary for a few days. They visit the Natrional Agricultural Statistics Service website...
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Urban Ecosystems 5: In Defense Of Cities

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students explain that while cities have unattractive features, the density of human life enables energy efficiency, mass transit, recycling, and other benefits which are difficult or impossible in rural areas. This is the fifth in an...
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Urban Ecosystems 4: Metabolism of Urban Ecosystems

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Cities are compared to living, breathing, metabolizing organisms. Fourth in a five-part series of lessons, this one focuses on the flow of materials through a city. Links to interesting websites and images make your delivery of...
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Urban Ecosystems 3: Cities as Population Centers

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students discover that throughout history cities have been centers of population but that human exploitation of fossil fuels was key to the growth of large cities worldwide. They research urban growth through a number of websites.
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Introducing Ecosystem Services

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Purifying air and water, providing soil in which to grow crops, and moving water through its natural cycle are all services an ecosystem provides that benefit humans. Lesson four in a series lets learners explore and discuss the value of...
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Quantifying Land Changes Over Time in Areas of Deforestation and Urbanization

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Is qualitative or quantitative research more convincing when it comes to climate change? In the eighth lesson plan during this 21-part series, scholars begin by performing a quantitative analysis of deforestation and urbanization. Then,...
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Urban Ecology

For Teachers 7th - 8th
For this urban ecology worksheet, pupils identify and define nonindigenous. Then they explain why nonindigenous plants are a problem. Students also identify and describe the difference between a weed and a flower.
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Breaking the Food Chain

For Students 3rd - 5th Standards
Throughout history, the growth of big cities has resulted in the destruction of ecosystems. In the case of Chicago, IL, a grassland that was once home to bison, deer, wolves, and foxes quickly became a booming city of over three million...
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Urban Runoff: Design a School Stormwater Management Plan

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Explore strategies for controlling stormwater runoff in large urban areas. Through a creative lesson, young scholars research and develop a strategy for a city-wide storm management plan. Their research includes strategies as simple as...
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Introducing Ecosystem Services

For Teachers 7th - 9th Standards
Ecosystems provide many things humans not only use but also need in order to survive. The last lesson in the series of seven introduces scholars to the idea of ecosystem services, that ecosystems provide humans with many things we need....
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Lentic Ecosystem or Lotic Ecosystem

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students explore the differences between lentic and lotic ecosystems. In this ecology lesson students study the water systems in Pennsylvania.
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Geography of Australia: The Shaping of a Continent

For Teachers 7th
Whether you are embarking on a unit on ecosystems, or on the characteristics of the Australian terrain, this picture-packed presentation would be a great one to use. Not only does the presentation contain useful information, it also has...
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Facts II: The Aspen FACE Experiment

For Teachers 9th - 10th
The Aspen FACE (free-air carbon dioxide enrichment) Experiment was set up in Wisconsin to assess the effects of increased carbon dioxide and ozone on forest ecosystems. Environmental science learners examine and graph the growth index...
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Introduction to Urban & Community Forestry: Why Do We Need Trees?

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders construct a timeline to show changes and trends in the future of urban and community forestry. In this forestry lesson, 12th graders discuss the importance of trees. They read a timeline and add future events to show...
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Ecosystems

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students study ecosystems and the biodiversity within.  In this ecosystems lesson plan students complete a lab activity and assess the biodiversity in their own community.
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Succession

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The final lesson in a two-part series prompts scholars to create newspaper articles and succession events. Applying their knowledge of the ecosystem and the past examples of succession, they predict what will happen in the future using...
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Section Two: Why is Biodiversity Important?

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Explore soil, genetic traits, natural resources, and pollution in a series of lessons that focus on biodiversity. Kids complete experiments to learn more about the importance of varied genes and organisms in an ecosystem.
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Ecosystems

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students examine biodiversity in plant life and what an ecosystem is composed of.  In this ecosystem lesson students go around their school and collect specimens and examine the plant species they encounter. 
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How Much Is An Ecosystem Worth?

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Students explain and discuss the importance of ecosystems. They analyze the natural resources in the environment. They also suggest actions that would protect ecosystems.
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Monitoring Urban Development

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders explore how technology can be used to monitor the environment in urban areas. For example, a sustainable community meets its present needs without sacrificing the ability of others, now and in the future, to meet their...
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The Study of Urban and Suburban Environments within the Mystic River Watershed

For Teachers 10th - 12th
High school young scholars examine their own water-based environments, within the Mystic Watershed. As the learners engage in inquiry-based, hands-on projects, critical thinking skills and problem-solving, the project will lead them to...
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Campus Ecology

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
In this ecosystem worksheet, students examine the various ecosystems found on campus. After investigating and studying the effect human interaction has had on the ecosystems, they complete 10 essay questions.