INFOhio has a wealth of resources for all ages for science research and discovery. We researched ecosystems and found information for all grades levels. For INFOhio resources, you may need a user name and password. You can request it through our automated system at ;http://www.infohio.org/getpassword
Find reliable information for your research projects with just one search. Use the tabs to find encyclopedia, newspaper, magazine, and journal articles, primary source documents, videos, and ebooks at your reading level. Click the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) tab to find reliable sources specifically for your subject area.
Explora includes articles from books, magazines, newspapers and encyclopedias that cover a variety of topics including ecosystems. Lexile levels are shown in the search results. An example for using with elementary students would be to have students locate an article within their level range about a specific ecosystems, or some aspects of an ecosystem such as a food web. (You may need user name and password to log in)
Science Reference Center is part of the EBSCOhost resources and contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, references, and periodicals. By using the advanced search users can limit results to a range of Lexile levels and subject area benchmarks. One example might be to use Science Reference Center to research an ecosystem (desert, ocean, meadow, etc.), its inhabitants, and interactions in the ecosystem. Use the information for a presentation on how to maintain the ecosystem from environmental and other threats. You may need a user name and password to log in to this INFOhio electronic resource.
INFOhio. BookFLIX is an online literacy resource designed for grades PreK-3. It pairs classic Weston Woods video storybook titles with related nonfiction titles. Even the youngest readers can explore different ecosystems with the eBooks in this resource. A search in the Animals and Nature collection showed a title about “Life in a Pond”, “A Home in a Swamp,” and even “Inside an Ant Colony.” Lesson plans, web links and puzzlers are included with each paired set of eBooks To access you may need a user name and passoword.
World Book Students is designed for upper elementary and middle school students. The research tools section includes how to do research, building citations, and creating timelines. A search of the ecosystem of deserts yields over 500 results including encyclopedia articles, photos, maps. special reports and links to websites. The articles include the Lexile and a link to content standards. Students can explore life in a desert, climate and land and even learn how deserts develop and change in this unique ecosystem. INFOhio. (You may need user name and password to log in)
World Book: Kids is designed for younger students. The articles include Lexiles and links to learning standards. World Book: Kids is a great place to use for beginning researchers Have students research an ecosystem like wetlands, rainforest, desert , etc. Use the information to find out how a living system functions and how the different elements interact with one another. Have students create a web (or map) of the essential facts that they locate. Tools like bubbl.us, Mindmeister, Gliffy or even just a Wordle can be used to create visual maps. (You may need user name and password to log in)
Science Online includes information about science, math, and technology along with illustrations, experiments, activities and biographies. A simple keyword search for "Food Webs" yields over 400 results including essays, illustrations and experiments. Find the link to "Food Chains and Webs and open the pdf fil (experiment). In this experiment students construct a food web from a collection of observations to use to predict the effect of changes in food suppy on a ecosystem. As an added activity, students can keep a nature diary about a ecosystem for a period of time and form their own conclusions about what happens in nature. Access Science Online from the INFOhio home page ( You may need a user name and password to log in).
The INFOhio Digital Video Collection includes many videos from the series, Bill Nye, the Science Guiy. This link goes to the video on Food Webs and discusses how all living things depend on other living things. It includes related web sites for kids and teachers and a teacher guide. Check out the other titles in this popular series. You may need a user name and password to access.
INFOhio. Early World of Learning is an online resource for preschoolers and early elementary grade students. It includes three interactive learning environments. In the Know It section students can explore read about animal homes like dens and shells, watch short video clips and view photographs of different habitats. A user name and password may be need to log in. To learn more about EWOL, check out the screencast at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMb-VK3WSOs
World Book Advanced is designed for high school and college students. It is a powerful reference tool that includes encyclopedia, multimedia, e-book, and primary source databases, fully integrated in a single search. A search for ecosystems resutls in 37 encyclopedia articles, 31 speciala reports, pictures, tables and even links to websites. Have students choose one of the special reports and use the information to write an editorial about the topic.
INFOhio's Digital Video Collections contains hundreds of videos available to use in Ohio classroom. A simple search for ecosystems yields six resources including Ocean Life, Desert Biome and Rainforest Biome. The short videos are a great way to capture and hold students interest. (You may need user name and password to log in) Don't forget to check out the screen cast about INFOhio's DVC at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uiV2H_rXdcM
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