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Connected Ecosystems

Lesson Plan Overview

Students will play a game as a class to learn about living and non-living components of an ecosystem and natural cycles. By exploring the relationship between a coral reef seastar and the resources in its environment, students will begin to understand an animal’s reliance on its ecosystem and all its parts. A follow-up PowerPoint lesson is available on the MCR LTER education website to emphasize the concepts introduced in this lesson in a more formal format and bring in more ecosystem state standards.

Source Moorea Coral Reef Education LTER
Subjects Marine Biology
Grades 3-5

Literacy Principles:

OLP#5: The ocean supports a great diversity of life and ecosystems.

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