Quick summary: This activity is a quick introduction to ecosystems through the use of a word association game called ‘Mind-Meld’.
- Students expand their subject-specific vocabulary and develop an understanding of an ecosystem’s components.
Australian Curriculum Mapping
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.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Low
Resources needed: Mind-Meld Student Worksheet, paper, pens (if available, mini-white boards).
Year Level: 9 & 10
Time needed: 20 minutes
Keywords: Ecosystems, biodiversity, abiotic and biotic components, coral reef, desert, bushland, rainforest.
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