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Activity Description of "Design an Ecosystem"

Title Design an Ecosystem
Audience Grades 9-12; Biology, Life Science, Integrated Science, Environmental Science
Abstract A simulation activity: Students create a simple, imaginary ecosystem. They describe the interrelations between the species inhabiting the ecosystem and their physical environment. Then then imagine an alteration in their environment and project the impact that such a change would have on the organisms living in their ecosystem. Finally, they write an environmental impact statement suggesting ways to mitigate the effects of the change.
Author Karin Westerling
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Unifying Concept Systems, order and organization
Science and Technology Understandings about science and technology
Science as Inquiry Understandings about scientific inquiry
History and Nature of Science
Science in Personal and Social PerspectivesEnvironmental quality, Science and technology in local, national, global challenges
Life, Physical, Earth Sciences Interdependence of organisms, Populations and ecosystems
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