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1. Summarize your learning on ecosystems after exploring the following websites: http://www.kidsgeo.com/geography-for-kids/ 0164-ecosystems.php http://library.thinkquest.org/11353/ ecosystems.htm http://www.fi.edu/tfi/units/life/habitat/ habitat.html http://geogratis.cgdi.gc.ca/Ecosystem/ 1_ecosys/ecosys.htm

A) Use wordle.net to demonstrate what you have learned B) Use the program Inspiration, create a diagram to show what you know about ecosystems. C) Using the website http:// www.kidscomputerlab.org/index.php/ language-arts/Poems/cinquainpoem create a cinquain poem on ecosystems. Look at the website Food Chains and Food Webs at http://www.vtaide.com/png/ foodchains.htm . Then, create your own food web for one of the following: desert, forest , ocean or rainforest. A) Follow the Seed Germination experiment outlined on the website: http:// www.sciencekids.co.nz/experiments/ seedgermination.html Keep a journal of the seed/plant life cycle as you watch the seed grow into a plant.

Demonstrate the importance of choosing words that are scientifically appropriate by using these words in context. ?

2. Create a food web using the Interactive Food Web Tool.

Apply the concept of a food web as a tool for interpreting the structure and interactions of a natural system.

3. Plant Growth

Describe conditions essential to the growth and reproduction of plants...


4. Microorganisms

B)Play the interactive game on how a plant grows and then describe 3-4 of the conditions necessary for a plant to grow. A) Play the interactive game on Microorganisms. (Click on Creepy Crawly Critters). Part 1: Record 6 places in/around your home where you could find Microorganisms. Part 2: Provide 2 examples of Microorganisms that are actually helpful in food production / preservation . Provide examples of how knowledge of Microorganisms has resulted in the development of food production and preservation techniques.


5. Save a Frog!!!

B)Summarize what you know about microorganisms using a graphic organizer from the programs Kidspiration or Inspiration. C)Grow your own bacteria experiment following the steps outlined on the website: http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/experiments/ breedingbacteria.html Keep a journal to record your findings. Play "Wanted: New Home For a Frog" at: www. Ecokids.ca/pub/eco_info/topics/ frogs/frog_home/index.cfm Propose and defend a course of action to protect the local habitat of a particular organism.

Create a poster using ComicLife to show the importance of protecting the frogs natural habitat.