Grade Level: 2nd or 3rd

Content area: Life Sciences

Standard identifiers: 2-LS2-1; 3-LS3-1

Objectives: Students will: 

  • Demonstrate understanding of ecosystems and biomes by:
    1. Watching one or two videos to introduce them to various ecosystems and biomes
    2. Independently researching one ecosystem or biome
    3. Creating a diorama to reflect their research
    4. Present a short dialogue on what they learned about the ecosystem or biome they researched

Materials and Resources: 

Assessment (informal):  

  • Students research an ecosystem or biome, create a diorama to show the flora and fauna of the ecosystem or biome, and deliver a short oral presentation about what they learned through the project.

Strategies for English Language Learners and Learners with Special Needs:  

  • Have students do research in their native language.
  • Assign students an ecosystem or biome and provide accessible, appropriate resources.
  • Introduce key vocabulary before watching videos.
Ecosystem Diorama

Instructional Sequence: 

Introduction and explanation to students about the purpose of the lesson (5 minutes)

  • Ask students to describe the weather where they are, for that day and in general. Explain that our weather, hot dry summers and mild wet winters, are a characteristic of Mediterranean climates. You can show them the map of Mediterranean climates found on the MVC’s Virtual Learning Module #3: Stay “Safe at Home” in a Mediterranean Climate Ecosystem webpage. Explain that there are several types of ecosystems in the world, and that you will learn more about them by doing a project.  

Monitoring for student learning/understanding:

  • Make sure students are using correct punctuation (commas and periods), spelling and capitalization. 

Teacher modeling (15-25 minutes)

Practice (independent) (15 minutes to explain the project; due date is teacher’s choice)

  • Provide the directions and rubric for students to complete their ecosystem/biome diorama. Give them ideas of where they can do their own research on their ecosystem or biome (school or public library, internet with adult supervision). 
  • Ecosystem or Biome Diorama Project Directions and Rubric

Monitoring for student learning/understanding:

  • Students write their own letters to community health/medical professionals. 

Closure (5 minutes) 

Students can share their letters. Select a local hospital or clinic and deliver the letters. 

Take reflection notes on how the lesson went for your future reference.

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