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Relationships in Ecosystems
Food Chain Gizmo

Food Chain Gizmo

In this learning tool from explorelearning.com students can study ecosystems containing hawks, snakes, rabbits and grass. Disease can be introduced to each population, as well as altering the size of each population. Students can see how each of these changes affect the ecosystem as a whole. Either use the gizmo free for 5 minutes or create a free account for unlimited access. Works on PC and Mac.
Extreme Environments: Great Salt Lake

Extreme Environments: Great Salt Lake

This site explores the ecosystems of the Great Salt Lake. Within the site there are multiple pages of learning tools. One in particular, “Great Salt Lake Food Web” is a great resource for learning about how multiple food chains can exist in the same place, and how they interact. This site is also great for learning about how different animals/plants within the same food chain interact. This site comes to us from an amazing site for genetics called The Genetics Science Learning Center which is produced from the University of Utah. Shockwave required.
Ecosystems: 11 StudyJams! Interactive Science Activities

Ecosystems: 11 StudyJams! Interactive Science Activities

This site from Scholastic has TONS of videos detailing how ecosystems work. Students can look through each video and discover how different organisms interact with each other.
Secrets at Sea

Secrets at Sea

In this learning tool students solve a mystery by tracking down ecological clues in an interactive story format. Topics woven into the mystery include food webs, bioaccumulations, killer whales, salmon, plankton, salinity, and others. Click on “Chapter 1: What’s with those Whales?” to get started. Shockwave required.
Jungle Jeopardy Game

Jungle Jeopardy Game

In this ecosystem builder from PLUM LANDING, through PBS, students build their own jungle ecosystem by choosing organisms to put in the jungle. After each “day” passes students get a report that tells them what organisms left, and which are healthy or unhealthy. Make your ecosystem as simple or complex as you’d like! Requires Flash.
Make a Mangrove Game

Make a Mangrove Game

In this interactive learning tool from PLUM LANDING, through PBS students can create their own Mangrove ecosystem by deciding which animals/plants to put in the ecosystem. Students get feedback on how healthy each organism is after each “day” goes by. Make your ecosystem as simple or complex as you’d like! Requires Flash.
 The Habitable Planet - Ecology Lab

The Habitable Planet - Ecology Lab

In this learning tool from Annenberg Learner students can create their own food chain by editing how plants, herbivores, and carnivores interact with eachother. Once you have your food chain set up click on “Run” to see how the population of each organism does as time progresses. Also included is a line graph with a line for each species’ population. Make your food chain as simple or complicated as you’d like! Can’t determine if this is Java/HTML5/etc.
 Feed the Dingo: An Ecosystem Game

Feed the Dingo: An Ecosystem Game

In this learning tool from PBS, through PLUM LANDING, students create an ecosystem in desert. Choose which animals go into the ecosystem, and discover what each animal/plant needs to survive in the ecosystem. Works on Mac and PC.
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KEY CONCEPTS

Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems (LS2.A)

  • Species are involved in a variety of relationships within an ecosystem. The relationships can be predatory or mutually beneficial, and will vary across ecosystems. (MS-LS2-2)

Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience (LS2.C)

  • Biodiversity describes the variety of species found in the Earth’s oceanic and terrestrial ecosystems. The completeness or integrity of an ecosystem’s biodiversity is often used as a measure of health.(MS-LS2-5)

Biodiversity and Humans (LS4.D)

Changes in biodiversity can influence humans’ resources, such as food, energy, and medicine, as well as ecosystem services that humans rely on, such as water purification and recycling. (MS-LS2-5)

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Next Generation Science Standards is a multi-state effort to create new education standards that are “rich in content and practice, arranged in a coherent manner across disciplines and grades to provide all students an internationally benchmarked science education.”

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