Ecology is the foundational study of how organisms interact with each other and the planet. A complete study of ecology may include investigating the biotic and abiotic factors of biomes, the structures of ecosystems, the processes at work within ecosystems, interactions among species in an ecosystem, and ecosystem sustainability. This complex topic is broken down into three sections: ecosystem structure, ecosystem interactions, and ecosystem sustainability.
This guide on ecosystem structure breaks down the important information students need to know, provides links to products and free digital resources, and includes suggestions for hands-on labs that reinforce student learning.
We have gathered a variety of products and resources to better help you teach this concept. They include:
– Models and manipulatives to simplify teaching ecosystem structure
– Investigations of ecosystem processes
– Free resources for you and your students
The major areas covered in this topic are:
– Ecosystem Structure
– Ecosystem Processes
– Nutrient Cycles
Ecosystem structure is a description of both the abiotic and biotic factors in an ecosystem. As students explore the phenomenon of how ecosystems change over time, they observe how living and non-living components change. The use of ecosystem models allows students to see changes to ecosystems in a classroom in a timely manner.
Within ecosystems numerous processes occur. Ecosystem processes describe these different processes, including physical, chemical, and biological processes.
Explore the ways nutrient cycles can be modeled and studied to determine how biotic and abiotic factors affect cycle feedback loops.
Ecosystem Models and Simulations
Explore ecosystems with models and simulations that change over time like natural ecosystems.
Comprehensive Ecosystem Kits
Models and other products
Carolina offers a variety of 3-D models to fit your needs. Check out our selection of products to supplement your ecosystem lessons.
Additional Ecology Support
We have free resources to help you teach this concept, including:
- Free activities
- How-to videos
- Helpful buying guides
Free 3-D/NGSS activities for Ecosystem Processes
Carolina Essentials™ are free, hands-on, NGSS-based activities. These activities are designed to make implementing 3-D learning easy. Students make sense of phenomena while learning concepts essential for understanding ecosystem processes. You can browse all of these Carolina Essentials or try one of these:
- Wetland Feedback Loops
- Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide and the Greening of the Planet
- Succession on Mount St. Helens
- Invertebrate Biodiversity and Abiotic Factors
- Invertebrate Biodiversity with Berlese Funnels
Unsure how to set up a river tank or care for aquatic snails? These videos can help.
Choosing the appropriate equipment for your labs can be a challenging task. Our buying guides are designed to make your decisions easy. Review Carolina Recommended Microscopes or our Ultimate Lab Basics Buying Guide.
For More Guidance
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