Characteristics and components of ecosystems

Changes to the natural equilibrium, from prolonged droughts to oil spills, highlight the delicate balance between living things and their environment. This learning unit presents the fascinating world of ecosystems to students. It explains the flow of matter and energy within an ecosystem, the relationships between species that live in the same habitat and the importance of the environmental characteristics of the different types of ecosystems, such as the forest, the ocean and the city.

The suggested activities work students´ cognitive, tactile and creative skills and abilities. The activities are based in reasoning and experimentation which will directly help the student acquire new knowledge.


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