Introducing Ecosystem Services

This Introducing Ecosystem Services lesson plan also includes:

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 ecosystems. By analyzing a painting and participating in class discussions, pupils determine the services ecosystems provide (provisioning, regulating, supporting, and cultural) to humans.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Project the painting class members will analyze so everyone can see it 
Classroom Considerations

  • Activity is appropriate for middle and high schoolers
  • Lesson could easily be completed in one class period 

  • Includes the artwork needed for analysis, worksheets, and background information
  • Engaging analysis of an ecosystem that is often overlooked

  • None
Common Core