Ecology Lesson Plans
Ecology lesson plans designed for high school, middle school, and elementary school science teachers are downloadable here. Click the titles below to see a list of lessons for each category. Free ecology lesson plans include:
- Acid Rain - air pollution, sulfuric acid.
- Global Warming - greenhouse gases, greenhouse effect.
- Ozone Layer - CFC chlorofluorocarbons, O3, ultra violent radiation.
- Loss of Biodiversity - deforestation, extinction of species.
- Toxic Magnification - accumulation of toxins in higher trophic levels.
- Resource Depletion - topsoil erosion, ground water pollution and depletion, non-renewable resources, rate of renewable resources.
- Human Population Growth - growth rate, ecological footprint.
- Populations - size, density, dispersion.
- Population Growth Model - exponential growth, carrying capacity, density-dependent factors, logistic growth, density-independent factors, r-strategists, K-strategists.
- Hardy-Weinberg principle - allele frequencies
- Ecosystem Biodiversity - biotic factors and abiotic factors.
- Competition - niche, limited resources.
- Predator and Prey interactions.
- Symbiosis - parasites, mutualism, commensalism, symbiotic relationship.
- Biological Communities - the different species living in a habitat.
- Biomes of the World - tundra biome, desert biome, marine biome, grassland biome, taiga biome, temperate grassland biomes, temperate deciduous forest biome, tropical rain forest biome, savanna biome, polar ice biome.
- What is an Ecosystem - biological community and physical environmental factors.
- Forest Ecosystems - rainforest ecosystem, tropical rainforest ecosystems, temperate rainforest ecosystems, tropical dry forests, deciduous forests, coniferous forests.
- Aquatic Ecosystems - freshwater ecosystems, ocean ecosystems, wetland ecosystem, marine ecosystems, pond ecosystems.
- Other Ecosystems - desert ecosystems, tundra ecosystem, grassland ecosystems, soil ecosystems.
- Succession - pioneer species, climax community, boundaries.
- Food Chain - feed from lower trophic level.
- Food Web - multiple food chains.
- Energy Pyramid - energy transfer, energy efficiency, biomass.
- Trophic Levels - producers, consumers, herbivores, carnivores, omnivores, detritivores, decomposers.
- Water Cycle - ground water, percolation, run off, transpiration, precipitation, evaporation, and water vapor.
- Carbon Cycle - atmospheric CO2, cellular respiration, photosynthesis, combustion, death and decomposition, fossil fuels, erosion from marine organisms.
- Nitrogen Cycle - nitrogen fixation, nitrogen fixing bacteria, assimilation, ammonification, nitrification, nitrifying bacteria, denitrification, denitrifying bacteria, atmospheric N2, ammonia, nitrates, nitrites.
- Phosphorous cycle
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Ecology Lesson Concepts
Population ecology lab using nets lets students go into the environment and take samples of insects. Another great ecology experiment is for students to make observations and conclusions about biodiversity around the school. An example ecology activity lets students be predators, prey and resources to determine the population size of a species. Ecology projects include researching different biomes. Ecology worksheets and exam / test / quiz questions also provide help with evaluating the student’s progress.