Living & Non-Living Interactions

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What better way to learn about ecosystems than by getting outside and observing them first hand? Accompanying a field trip to a local park or outdoor space, this series of collaborative activities engages children in learning about the relationships between the living and non-living components of ecosystems.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Supplement these activities into an elementary life science unit on ecosystems
  • If your are unable to take your class on a field trip, adapt these activities for use in the classroom
Classroom Considerations
  • This lesson focuses on desert ecosystems in the American Southwest, but can be adapted for any region
  • Activities include a shared reading of the children's book A Most Unusual Lunch by Robert Bender, which may be found in your school or local public library
  • An ecosystem diorama must be prepared by the teacher ahead of time for use during one the activities
  • Includes activities to perform before, during, and after a class field trip
  • Activities can be adapted for use across the elementary and early middle school grade levels
  • A list of additional references and resources is included with the lesson
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