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Ecosystem Explorer

How do we define ecosystems? How do abiotic and biotic factors change between ecosystems? What is climate?

White bird standing in wetland mudStudents will explore an open space near their school or home. They will make observations and collect evidence of the biotic and abiotic factors and create an ecosystem guide. Students will compare their observations and evidence to build on their conception of ecosystems.

Students should have an Ecosystem Guide worksheet. Students should have an open space nearby: a backyard or a garden.