Ecology is a large theme, and often not given full coverage in a biology class due to time constraints.  Below are some basic lessons on ecology and environmental science.


Estimating Population SizeOnline Simulation – mark and recapture technique
Owl Pellets
– dissect owl pellets, reconstruct skeletons
Predator Prey Graph
– graph data on deer and wolf populations (growth curves)
Lesson of the Kaibab – another deer graphing exercise

Random Sampling – estimate a population of “sunflowers”
Random Sampling with Dandelions – estimate the number of weeds on your school grounds using string and counting the number of plants within a plotted area
Interpreting Ecological Data – graphs and data tables

Population Biology (Virtual Lab) – growth of paramecium
Demography Lab – collect cemetery data, construct survivorship curve
Predator Prey Simulation – collect data, growth curves, analyze how reproductive rates of predator and prey affect growth curves
Predator Prey Simulation with Notecards – use notecards to demonstrate how predator and prey numbers change over time

Examine an Ecosystem – observation of jar/pond water
Examine Succession – graphic shows how species are replaced as a pond dries up.

Build an Ecosystem – use bags, water BTB, oxygen data
Food Web Label  – image; label producers, consumers, carnivores..etc
Food Web Label II – another image to identify producers, consumers..etc

Biomes Concept Map – research biomes, create graphic organizer from scratch
Biomes Concept Map Fill In – concept map is already created, students fill in words
Biome Project – research biomes, create a presentation, travel brochure or similar artifact to showcase your biome
Biomes (Ecosystem) Venn Diagram – compare two biomes and complete diagram
Biomes at MOBot – web lesson, research site, fill out table and answer questions
Biome Map –  color N. America’s biomes

Isopod Behavior Lab  – AP Lab 11, modified

Environmental Issues

Recycle City – web lesson, view EPA’s site on recycling with questions
Smog City – web lesson, use simulator to adjust environmental conditions

Ecology Project – create a powerpoint presentation about an environmental issue
Choosing a Dog – be a responsible pet owner, choose your dog wisely (web lesson)
Designer Dogs – Examines the cost associated with breeding designer dogs (such as Puggles); students to consider alternatives to buying pets.
Exotic Pets – a set of activities over wild and exotic animals  and the risks of owning them

Endangered Species Project – create a publication (website or prezi) that explores a species that is threatened

Investigate the Causes Endangered Species – using, create a graphic organizer that compares 4 different threatened animals from an area of the planet

Food for Thought – model the amount of food resources each country has using Hershey kisses
Zebra Mussels – read an article about exotic (invasive) species, answer questions
Human Population Graph – use data to graph growth and analyze
Environmental Action – as a group, allocate resources to different “causes”
Ecology Listmania – an introductory discussion where students list ideas or issues related to the environment

Powerpoint Lectures

Introduction to Ecology – species, communities, ecosystems and the biosphere.  Focus on vocabulary and methods of studying ecology.
Biomes – showcases each major biome, its characteristics and species of plants and animals
Populations – discussions population growth curves, population pyramids and limits to growth
Demography – focuses on human population trends