Week Twenty-Three Science Lessons: Biomes and Predicting Changes in Ecosytems

Grade 5 Science

Week Twenty-three Lessons

This week we will continue the Environments Unit. We are going to take a part two look at how organisms interact in their environments. This lesson will cover biomes and the changes living things make in environments. Links to actual materials and lessons are provided throughout this post. I hope you can find something to help make planning this year a little, or a lot, easier!

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TEKS/ Standards:

(C) predict the effects of changes in ecosystems caused by living organisms, including humans, such as the overpopulation of grazers or the building of highways; and Supporting Standard

“I can” Statements:

I can predict the effects of changes in ecosystems caused by living things.

Essential Questions:

Monday – What are the things you need in your environment to live?

Tuesday – How does the location of a biome affect what can live there?

Wednesday – What affects does rainfall have on a biome?

Thursday – How can living organisms change an environment?

Friday – Why is it important to be able to predict the effects of changes in an ecosystem?

Word Wall Words:

Organism

Population

Ecosystem

Food Web

Niche

Consumer

Producer

Carnivore

Herbivore

Omnivore

Decomposer

Lesson Ideas and Materials:

Materials:

Science Wall Complete each day with your choice of word wall words.

Biomes Stations and Task Cards

Organisms and Environments Interactive Science Notebook

Organisms and Environments Anchor Charts

Life Science Vocabulary

STAAR Science Review Stations

Lesson Ideas:

(Monday) Students will work the Biomes Stations. Complete the first 2 columns of a Word Wall Builder Chart (Use words you didn’t get to last week). –All this is in the Biomes Stations and Task CardsBiomes Stations and Task Cards cover

(Tuesday) Students will continue the Biomes Stations. Complete the third column of the Word Wall Builder Chart. –All this is in the Biomes Stations and Task Cards

(Wednesday) Students will complete the Biomes Task Cards – Biomes Stations and Task Cards. Students will complete the Word Map and Food web activity in their notebooks- Organisms and Environments Interactive Science Notebook

(Thursday) Students will complete the Biomes Task Cards – Biomes Stations and Task Cards. Complete the Changes in Ecosystems Anchor Chart as a class. –  Organisms and Environments Anchor Charts The students can fill in their printable poster, and you can make one on chart paper to hang up around the room.

Biomes Stations and Task Cards sample

(Friday) Continue the STAAR Science Review Stations this week. Complete one or two rotations of stations this Friday. Only 8 weeks before the STAAR Science!

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Additional resources:

The following links to the pretty PDF of this lesson plan.

5th Science Lesson Plans

Need materials for younger grades?

The materials in this lesson are intended for 5th graders in Texas, but are taught in a way that they could be easily modified for younger and older grades.

Here is what I have for Earth and Space so far.

Kindergarten Interactive Science Notebook with Word Wall Cards

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