Ecosystems Unit
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Ecosystems Unit
In this unit of study, students will learn about ecosystems and how they are organized. Each ecosystem is comprised of food webs that show the flow of energy through the area. We will also be building ecocolumns to see how an ecosystem really works. Finally, pollution and extinction will be topics of discussion for how humans are affecting nature.
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Online games and education. kids educational games.Photosynthesis. How plants get energy. Plant food. Sunlight. Kids Corner. Herbivore, Carnivore, Omnivore. Online learning. Animal diet. Free online games for kids.
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This website has a lot of graphics to show photosynthesis and other important vocabulary terms in the ecosystems unit. If you find yourself confused about anything, see if this site can help you.

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Pillbug or Rollie Pollie Facts

Pillbug: Insect field guide to the most commonly found insects and non-insects in North America.
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You've seen rollie pollies in your backyard before. Well, they are actually called pill bugs and they will be living in your terrarium! See more information about it here!

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Native Freshwater Plants - American Waterweed - Elodea

Native Freshwater Plants - American Waterweed - Elodea | Ecosystems Unit | Scoop.it
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Elodea is the water plant that we will use in our aquarium to provide habitat and food for our guppies and snails. Read more about it here!

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AQUATIC SNAILS

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A FOSS website about how to take care of aquatic snails. It also offers information about the anatomy of these snails.

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BioKIDS - Kids' Inquiry of Diverse Species, Critter Catalog, Gryllidae, crickets

BioKIDS - Kids' Inquiry of Diverse Species, Critter Catalog, Gryllidae, crickets | Ecosystems Unit | Scoop.it
BioKIDS - Kids' Inquiry of Diverse Species
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BioKIDS teaches you more about crickets. This site divides everything into its own section so you can find the information more easily.

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eco*kids: LEARN > Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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You can use this website to get an overview of what the 3 Rs mean and some basic ways to put them into action

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Plants, Animals, and Ecosystems | A Student's Guide to Global Climate Change | US EPA

Plants, Animals, and Ecosystems | A Student's Guide to Global Climate Change | US EPA | Ecosystems Unit | Scoop.it
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This is one of the many pages that you can find on this website dedicated to the global climate change problem. Because of climate change, nature has been shifting every year. It affects every aspect of our lives and the environment. You can find out what is happening by visiting this site.

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Types of Pollution

Types of Pollution | Ecosystems Unit | Scoop.it
Includes: different types of pollution, and fighting pollution.
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In our class, we will learn about how humans harm the environment. This website will help you with the different kinds of pollution and what we can do to fix the problem.

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List of 30 Top Environmental Concerns

List of 30 Top Environmental Concerns | Ecosystems Unit | Scoop.it
Includes: top 30 environmental concerns, and turning concern into action.
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Our Earth is suffering each day because of our actions. Here is a list of the top 30 things that are causing these problems.

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food web

food web | Ecosystems Unit | Scoop.it
A food web consists of all the food chains in a single ecosystem
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This National Geographic website will tell you all about food webs and each trophic level. Also, you can find out the roles of each organism in the ecosystem. 

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Life Science | Session 7

Life Science | Session 7 | Ecosystems Unit | Scoop.it
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Remember the food chain? Well, did you know that each organism in the food chain receives different amounts of energy? This flow of energy is shaped like a pyramid. This website describes how and why energy pyramids are shaped. 

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Ecosystems - NatureWorks

Ecosystems - NatureWorks | Ecosystems Unit | Scoop.it
Everything in the natural world is connected. An ecosystem is a community of living and non-living things that work together. Ecosystems have no particular size. An ecosystem can be as large as a desert or a lake or as small as a tree or a puddle.
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This website will give you basic information about ecosystems. 

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Ecosystems of Our World

Ecosystems of Our World | Ecosystems Unit | Scoop.it
Learn about the different ecosystems and biomes on our planet. Also, find out about the water, carbon, and nitrogen cycles, as well as the food chain. Find out how we are disrupting these important processes.
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This page focuses on biomes. You will learn about: 

Mountains (High Elevation)
Tundra
Temperate Forest
Marine/Island
Desert
Tropical Dry Forest
Cold Climate Forest
Grassland
Savannah
Tropical Rainforest

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Pill Bugs - Facts About Pill Bugs - Types of Pill Bugs - PestWorldforKids.org

Pill Bugs - Facts About Pill Bugs - Types of Pill Bugs - PestWorldforKids.org | Ecosystems Unit | Scoop.it
Learn all about pill bugs, facts about pill bugs. The pill bug is the only crustacean that can spend its entire life on land.
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Another great resource for information about pill bugs!

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green algae

green algae | Ecosystems Unit | Scoop.it
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Along with elodea, we are adding another green organism into our aquarium called algae. Find out what it is and why we need it in this website!

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Guppy (Poecilia Reticulata) - Animals - A-Z Animals - Animal Facts, Information, Pictures, Videos, Resources and Links

Guppy (Poecilia Reticulata) - Animals - A-Z Animals - Animal Facts, Information, Pictures, Videos, Resources and Links | Ecosystems Unit | Scoop.it
The guppy (also known as the millionfish) is a small colourful species of freshwater tropical fish that is found naturally in the rivers and lakes of South America.
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Another animal in our aquarium is the guppy. They are fascinating fishes with distinctive characteristics. Click on this website to learn how they give birth, what they eat, what they look like, etc.

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Snail Printout - Enchanted Learning Software

Snail Printout. The Snail is a gastropod, a soft-bodied invertebrate that is basically a head with a foot. It is protected by a hard shell.
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This is a great diagram of a snail's body. You will be able to find out more about the snails in your aquarium through this site.

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Cricket Printout - EnchantedLearning.com

Cricket Printout: Crickets are jumping insects. Males of most cricket species make a loud chirping sound by rubbing their forewings together; they do this to attract females. Crickets chirp faster when the temperature is warmer.
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This is a great diagram of a cricket's body. You will be able to find out more about the cricket in your terrarium through this site.

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How Your School Can Prevent Pollution - Idaho Department of Environmental Quality

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The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality developed a list of how to stop polluting the Earth. This would be a great site for you to use as a resource for what you can do at school.

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Garbology

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We always talk about how we can help the environment. This is a great list of 7 ways to reduce our usage of materials by Garbology.

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Nature and Animal Conservation — Global Issues

Nature and Animal Conservation — Global Issues | Ecosystems Unit | Scoop.it
This part of the globalissues.org web site looks at animal and nature conservation, the challenge to preserve declining and endangered species, the threats to habitat and more.
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Extinction is a big concern for our world. Every day animals are disappearing. Scientists have been researching how to save them. This website highlights some of them such as tigers, lions, penguins, etc. 

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Environmental impact of animal production

Environmental impact of animal production | Ecosystems Unit | Scoop.it
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This website analyzes the impact that animals, humans, and farming have on the environment. It talks about greenhouse gases and water quality specifically. 

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Biology4Kids.com: Plants: Photosynthesis

Biology4Kids.com: Plants: Photosynthesis | Ecosystems Unit | Scoop.it
Biology4Kids.com! The web site that teaches the basics of biology and life science to everyone!
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Plants can create their own food. That's why they are called producers! How does it happen? It's a process called photosynthesis. You can learn more about it in this site.

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Living Things: Habitats & Ecosystems

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This website is sponsored by the Franklin Institute! It has links to many websites about different ecosystems and how they are organized. Each animal and plant has a role in each ecosystem and they affect each other in many ways. 

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Eco-column Lab - The EcoProject

Eco-column Lab - The EcoProject | Ecosystems Unit | Scoop.it
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This website shows you a sample of the ecocolumn project that we will be working on in class this unit. Take a look at each level in the ecocolumn to see how it can mimic an ecosystem.

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