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Ecosystem 4-8

The focus of this unit is on building a terrarium. The students will begin by researching one of two locations. One location is Indiana and the other is Ecuador. I chose these locations because of the differing climates. Once they research those regions and present their information the students will learn about the sun. This will be done through center activities. Once they learn about the sun they will perform experiments with light. Through the experimentation they will learn what type of material will work the best for their terrarium. Next, the students will learn about the food chain. The students will be required to have an example of the food chain in their finished terrarium. Students will then keep track of a bank book. They will be given a set amount of money to begin with and they will purchase all the materials for their terrarium with this money. They will be able to earn money in various ways throughout the project. Students will begin the actual terrarium build by buying the terrarium and then finding the volume of it. Once they find the volume of the container they will then decide what sized bag of soil they need. Next, the students will decide what plants and animals they want for their terrarium. Once they have their plants and animals they will build the actual terrarium. We will finish the project by presenting them to our class and another class in the school. This unit was created by Allison Gothard. Some of the files below use Board Maker as indicated by "(BM2 File)." You will need Board Maker 2 program in order to download these files.

Standards

Standards

Vocabulary

Vocabulary - Mild
Vocabulary - Moderate
Vocabulary - Intensive 1 (BM2 File)
Vocabulary - Intensive 2 (BM2 File) 

Lessons

Lesson 1 - Social Studies: Spatial Thinking and Skills

Lesson Plan
Book List
Vocabulary List 

Pre-Assessment

Pre-Assessment - Mild
Pre-Assessment - Moderate
Pre-Assessment - Intensive 
Pre-Assessment Answers - Intensive (BM2 file)

Vocabulary Activity

Social Studies Vocabulary Activity - Mild
Social Studies Vocabulary Activity - Moderate
Social Studies Vocabulary Activity - Intensive 
Vocabulary Activity - Intensive (BM2 File) 
Vocabulary Activity - Intensive 2 (BM2 File)
Vocabulary Activity - Intensive 3 (BM2 File) 

Lesson 2 - Social Studies: Places and Regions

Lesson Plan
Book List

Research Project

Research Project Steps
Indiana and Ecuador Research Project Rubric

Ecuador Materials

Websites for Ecuador Project - Mild
Websites for Ecuador Project - Moderate
Ecuador Research Project Slides - Intensive
Graphic Organizer

Indiana Materials

Websites for Indiana Project - Mild
Websites for Indiana Project - Moderate
Indiana Research Project Slides - Intensive
Graphic Organizer

Indiana and Ecuador Answer Sheets

Step 1 and 2 Question and Answer Sheet (BM2 File)
Step 3 and 4 Question and Answer Sheet (BM2 File) 
Step 5 Question and Answer Sheet (BM2 File) 
Step 6 and 7 Question and Answer Sheet (BM2 File) 
Indiana and Equador Research Project Answers 1 (BM2 File) 
Indiana and Equador Research Project Answers 2 (BM2 File)
Indiana and Equador Research Project Answers 3 (BM2 File)
Indiana and Equador Research Project Answers 4 (BM2 File) 

Lesson 3 - Science: Earth & Space: Cycles and Patterns in the Solar System

Lesson Plan
Book List
Facts about the Sun Centers

Post-Assessment

Post-Assessment - Mild
Post-Assessment - Moderate
Post-Assessment - Intensive 1 (BM2 File)
Post-Assessment - Intensive 2 (BM2 File) 
Post-Assessment - Intensive 3 (BM2 File) 
Post-Assessment Choices - Intensive (BM2 File) 

Lesson 4 - Science: Physical Science: Light, Sound, and Motion

Lesson Plan
Book List

Lab

Light Lab Day 1 - Mild
Light Lab Day 1 - Moderate
Light Lab Day 1 - Intensive 1 (BM2 File)
Light Lab Day 1 - Intensive 2 (BM2 File)
Light Lab Day 1 - Intensive 3 (BM2 File)
Light Lab Day 2 - Mild
Light Lab Day 2 - Moderate
Light Lab Day 2 - Intensive 1 (BM2 File)
Light Lab Day 2 - Intensive 2 (BM2 File)
Light Lab Answers - Intensive 1 (BM2 File)
Light Lab Answers - Intensive 2 (BM2 File)

Pre-Assessment

Light Lab - Mild
Light Lab - Moderate
Light Lab Hypothesis - Intensive 1 (BM2 File)
Light Lab Hypothesis - Intensive 2 (BM2 File)
Light Lab Hypothesis - Intensive 3 (BM2 File)
Light Lab Hypothesis - Intensive 4 (BM2 File) 
Light Lab Hypothesis - Intensive 5 (BM2 File)
Light Lab Hypothesis Answers - Intensive 1 (BM2 File)
Light Lab Hypothesis Answers - Intensive 2 (BM2 File)
Light Lab Hypothesis Answers - Intensive 3 (BM2 File)
Light Lab Hypothesis Answers - Intensive 4 (BM2 File)

Post-Assessment

Light Lab Test - Mild
Light Lab Test - Moderate
Light Lab Test - Intensive

Vocabulary Activity

Science Light - Mild
Science Light - Moderate
Science Light - Intensive 1 (BM2 File)
Science Light - Intensive 2 (BM2 File)
Science Light Answers - Intensive (BM2 File)

Lesson 5 - Life Science: Interactions within Ecosystems

Lesson Plan
Book List

Pre-Assessment

Checklist
Pictures - Intensive 1 
Pictures - Intensive 2

Post-Assessment

Checklist

Vocabulary Activity

Science Activity - Mild
Science Activity - Moderate
Science Activity - Intensive 1 (BM2 File)
Science Activity - Intensive 2 (BM2 File)
Science Activity - Intensive 3 (BM2 File)
Science Activity Answers - Intensive (BM2 File)

Lesson 6 - Math: Number and Operations in Base Ten

Lesson Plan

Bank Book

Bank Book - Mild
Bank Book - Moderate 

Pre-Assessment

Pre-Assessment Worksheet

Lesson 7 - Math: Measurement and Data

Lesson Plan

Pre-Assessment

Volume - Mild
Volume - Moderate
Answer Choices - Intensive 1 (BM2 File)
Answer Choices - Intensive 2 (BM2 File)
Answer Choices - Intensive 3 (BM2 File) 

Post-Assessment

Unit Log Volume - Mild/Moderate
Unit Log Volume - Intensive 1 (BM2 File) 
Unit Log Volume - Intensive 2 (BM2 File)
Unit Log Volume Answers - Intensive 1 (BM2 File) 
Unit Log Volume Answers - Intensive 2 (BM2 File) 

Lesson 8 - Science: Interactions within Ecosystems

Lesson Plan

Animal Catalogues

Animal Catalogues - Mild
Animal Catalogues - Moderate
Animal Catalogues - Intensive
Numbers (BM2 File)

Plant Catalogues

Plant Catalogues - Mild
Plant Catalogues - Moderate
Plant Catalogues - Intensive
Numbers (BM2 File) 

Lesson 9 - Life Skills: Use of Common Tools and Devices

Lesson Plan

Model Terrarium

Model Terrarium - Intensive
Model Terrarium Pictures - Intensive 

Post-Assessment

Rubric for Final Terrarium

Student Evaluations

Student Evaluations - Mild/Moderate
Student Evaluations - Intensive
Evaluation Questions Selections - Intensive 1 (BM2 File) 
Evaluation Questions Selections - Intensive 2 (BM2 File) 

Materials and Resources

Materials List
Technology List
Title Page
Unit Plan Template

Calendar

Calendar