Ecosystem

 

18 lessons

Lesson 1 – 2:  Introduction to students about the project, learning goals and instructional planning. Students will watch The Lion King.
Lesson 3 – 4:  Students will finish watching The Lion King. Students are divide into group of four. Every student will get an overview of the project. There is compulsory task that every group have to do and they have to make a portfolio with tasks. Students will begin their work on the portfolio.
Lesson 5 – 14
Every lesson is two joined lessons for 80 minutes (2×40). Students work on their portfolio. Every class starts were groups go over their project and evaluate where they stand in the project. What has been done and which projects are left. Teacher will look at the working schedule in every group and make changes if necessary. At the end of every lesson students must write in a journal (see Instructions about journal).
Lesson 15 – 18:
Final assessment of a project, assessment (see Instructions of assessment), presentation of a chosen species. Each group presents its work for a particular animal for their class. It is estimated that each presentation takes approximately 7 – 8 minutes. (All students take an exam based on the knowledge and understanding of students in connection with the project).

Learning Goal

Promoting students’ interest in their environment and understanding the importance of dealing with nature with respect and responsibility
Promoting student independence in working methods and their responsibility for their own learning
To give students the opportunity to organize their studies on their own and the importance of a good presentation of projects
That students can explain the relationship between producers, consumers and decomposer
That students can explain the difference between food chain and food web
That students understand photosynthesis and importance of photosynthesis for all life on the planet
That students can explain biogeochemical cycles and understand the importance of not disturbing the balance of nature
Compulsory Tasks
Intro
How is the portfolio organized.
Describe the topics discussed in the portfolio.
Journal
After each lesson, each student write a journal about:
What was the contribution from team members in the project today.
Date. Which members of the group are in today.
What did you and your team members do today?
How’s the project coming along?
Hows the partnership going?
What is going well?
What needs to be improved?
Homework? Who should do what before next lesson?
At the end the group has to write a report about contribution from every member of the group.
Discuss the following terms and put in the group portfolio
Ecosystem
Community
Organism strain
Create a discussion that shows the context and the relationship between producers, consumers and decomposers in the ecosystem
Create five food chains from the movie Lion King
Create food web from these five food chains
Discuss what happens in the ecosystem if there is a large increase or decrease in individual organisms
Each group chooses one animal from Lion King. Students obtain data from books and from the web. Each group prepares a presentation of the animal for the students in the class. Students can use PowerPoint, Keynote or some other media for their presentation. The presentation takes about 7-8 minutes. The slides should be at a minimum of 5 and 10 at the maximum. It is necessary that all students participate fully in the presentation.

Evaluation
Portfolio with compulsory tasks. Students should as far as possible also submit other personal-chosen assignments to the portfolio (60%).
Presentation of one animal (20%).
A journal of students work and work report (20%).
Optional: Test taken at the end of the project.

References
Every references that is used in the project are listed in alphabetical order.
Author (Year). Title. Publishing company, publishing place. Page.

Reading materials
Man and nature: 2nd and 3rd chapter (Maður og náttúra: 2. og 3.kafli).
Characteristics of organisms: Chapter 5 (Einkenni lífvera: 5. kafli).
In the school library there will be a small designated section of natural science books, where students can study the subject matter of the project, different species, etc.
Teachers will present a useful list of interesting websites and students are encouraged to find reading material independently.
Students are also encouraged to obtain data in more ways, for example. by collecting data from specialists on the subject.

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