Quick summary: This activity is a quick introduction to ecosystem through the use of a word association game called ‘Mind-Meld’.
Year Level: 9 & 10
Time needed: 20 minutes
Learning goals for this activity include: Students expand their subject-specific vocabulary and develop an understanding of an ecosystem’s components.
Year 9 Science: Ecosystems consist of communities of interdependent organisms and abiotic components of the environment; matter and energy flow through these systems (ACSSU176)
- exploring interactions between organisms such as predator/prey, parasites, competitors, pollinators and disease
- examining factors that affect population sizes such as seasonal changes, destruction of habitats, introduced species
Level of teacher scaffolding: Low
Resources needed: Mind-Meld Student Worksheet, paper, pens (if available, mini-white boards).
Digital Technology: None
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Prior learning: Students should have a basic understanding of ecosystems.
Extension opportunities: This game could be used with a range of other topics.
Key words: Ecosystems, biodiversity, abiotic and biotic components, coral reef, desert, bush land, rainforest.
Australian Curriculum Link:
Year 9 Science:
- Ecosystems consist of communities of interdependent organisms and abiotic components of the environment; matter and energy flow through these systems (ACSSU176)
Year 10 Science:
- Scientific understanding, including models and theories, are contestable and are refined over time through a process of review by the scientific community (ACSHE191)
Syllabus Outcomes: SC5-12ES, SC5-14LW.
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