The objective of this WebQuest is to provided 9th grade Biology students an interesting way to learn about key topics in Ecology.
I would recommend using this project to introduce Ecology to your students. It will expose them to key ideas and key terms as well as allow them to use technology. Students will also get practice writing.
State Standards (CA):
6.Stability in an ecosystem is a balance between competing effects. As a basis for understanding this concept:
a.Students know biodiversity is the sum total of different kinds of organisms and is affected by alterations of habitats.
b.Students know how to analyze changes in an ecosystem resulting from changes in climate, human activity, introduction of nonnative species, or changes in population size.
d.Students know how water, carbon, and nitrogen cycle between abiotic resources and organic matter in the ecosystem and how oxygen cycles through photosynthesis and respiration.
e.Students know a vital part of an ecosystem is the stability of its producers and decomposers.
f.Students know at each link in a food web some energy is stored in newly made structures but much energy is dissipated into the environment as heat. This dissipation may be represented in an energy pyramid.
Prerequisite Skills: Comfort level with the Internet
Time Required: 1 block period + time to finish at home.
Technology Needs/Materials Needed
Students will share laptops in class. They will need access to the Internet and Microsoft Word. Students will also need the Ecology Worksheet.
The resources and web links included on this website are external websites. I would like to thank the owners/creators of the sites for allowing my students access to them!