Ecoscenario Project
About the Project
This project is team-based and has two parts:

1. In teams of three, work together to research information about your assigned ecoscenario.
2. Present your project to the class.





Step 1: Overview of Ecoscenario
Working together as a group, look over the resources and figure out which ones will help you answer the following questions:

1. What kind of environment is this? Where is it?
(Hint: look for information about rain or other precipitation, climate, sunlight, elevation, temperatures, latitude, freshwater or seawater, etc.)

  • Be able to describe the ecosystem in detail.
  • Specifically show where the ecosystem is located.
  • Mention similar ecosystems in other places on Earth and state why they are similar.

2. What are the main organisms that are important in this ecosystem?
(Hint: look for information about the trophic levels, like producers or plants, what organisms eat the producers, what eats them, etc.)



Step 2: Food Web
With your group members, develop a food web of the most important organisms. This will help you develop your presentation. Start by identifying the producers in your ecosystem. Next, determine what organisms are the primary consumers. Next, identify what eats these and so on.

1. Include at least three producers and their consumers in your food web.
2. Color-code them so that producers are green, consumers are red, and decomposers are blue.
3. Include at least 10 organisms, but no more than 15.
4. Draw arrows to show the energy flow from the organism being consumed to the organism consuming it.

Take a look at these pictures to figure out where decomposers fit into the food web:

Food chain.jpg
foodchain.jpg




Step 3: Abiotic Factors
Make a list of the most important abiotic factors that affect this ecosystem. This will help you develop your presentation.

1. List and explain in depth the main abiotic factors in the ecosystem (You need at least two, no more than three).
2. Identify the population(s) affected by the factor.
3. Describe the factor's effect on the ecosystem.
(Hint: look for information about changing water levels, temperature, light levels, salinity, pollution, etc.)


Step 4: Human Impact
Make a list of the most important human effects on this ecosystem.

1. Describe and explain the human impacts (You will need at least one, no more than two).
2. Identify the population(s) affected by humans.
3. Describe the effect on the ecosystem.
4. Include action that could be taken to reduce the impact.
(Hint: look for information about building or construction, logging, diverting freshwater, hunting or anything else humans do that affects nature.)



Step 5: Populations
In your presentation, include information about three populations that live in your ecosystem and include:

  • The populations' role in the ecosystem (what trophic level?)
  • Any interesting facts/information about the populations.
  • The effect of abiotic factors on the population.
  • The effect of humans on the population.


MAKE SURE TO CITE YOUR SOURCES! I HAVE INCLUDED SOME RESOURCES FOR YOU TO USE, BUT YOU MUST GIVE PROPER CREDIT AND WRITE THEM IN MLA FORMAT. PLEASE SEE THE SAMPLE CITATIONS FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.


Presentation
After you have done your research, work with your group members to develop a way to present your information to the rest of the class (poster, PowerPoint presentation, website, movie, ShowMe, Prezi, etc.). Your presentation will help you tell the story of your ecosystem to the rest of the class. Make it fun and creative so that your presentation is memorable. Work together to figure out how to best share the story of your ecosystem with the rest of the class. Include diagrams, pictures, drawings, graphs, or other ways to make the information easy to understand. You will be asked to state where you found all of your information!

Presentations should be between 3-5 minutes in length and include the following:

1. Title and Description
  • Describe the ecosystem in detail.
  • Specifically show where the ecosystem is located.
  • Mention similar ecosystems in other places on the Earth and state why they are similar.
  • Identify some of the important organisms (producers, consumers, and decomposers) in your ecosystem.

2. Food Web
  • Diagram organisms in trophic levels: producers (green), consumers (red), and decomposer (blue).
  • Include 10-15 organisms in the food web.
  • Draw arrows to show energy flow in the ecosystem.

3. Abiotic Factors
  • List and explain in depth the main abiotic factors in the ecosystem (You need at least 2, no more than 3).
  • Identify the population(s) affected by the factor.
  • Describe how these abiotic factors effect the ecosystem.

4. Human Impact
  • Describe and explain the human impacts (You will need at least 1, no more than 2).
  • Identify the population(s) affected by humans.
  • Describe the effect on the ecosystem.
  • Include possible actions that could be taken to reduce the impact.

5. Populations - In your presentation, include information about three important populations in this ecosystem and include:
  • Its' role in the ecosystem.
  • Any interesting facts/information about the population.
  • The effect of abiotic factors on the population.
  • The effect of humans on the population.


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