Ecosystems

Ecosystem is a big buzz-word. Find out what all those buzzers are talking about with this BrainPOP movie on ecosystems! In it, Tim and Moby explain what an ecosystem is and what makes one up. For instance, you’ll learn what communities, populations, and habitats are, and why animals tend to be well-adapted to their environment — like desert species being well-adapted to hot, dry, conditions, while species living in the taiga are well-adapted to the cold. Come on and be an ecosystem expert!

Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Lesson Plan: The Quandary Game

In this lesson plan which is adaptable for grades 6-12, students use a free online game called Quandary to practice ethics, critical thinking and problem solving skills. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »

Plants and Animals Lesson Plan: The Food Chain Game

In this lesson plan which is adaptable for grades K-8, students use BrainPOP Jr. and/or BrainPOP resources to identify the roles that plants and animals play in various food chains during interactive game play. Students define vocabulary terms such as decomposer and producer and use those terms in class discussions and activities. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »

Comparing Habitats Lesson Plan: Rainforest, Desert, or Freshwater?

In this multi-day lesson plan, adaptable for grades K-5, students use BrainPOP and/or BrainPOP Jr. resources to learn about three different habitats in which animals live (rainforest, desert, and freshwater). Students chart how different animals survive in their habitat by working on a class poster, and compare and contrast different animals in different habitats. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »

Create a Sustainable Ecosystem Lesson Plan: The Close-Knit Neighbors Game

In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades 3 through 8, students use BrainPOP resources to explore symbiosis and how living things need one another to survive. Students will then create a sustainable ecosystem through virtual game play by correctly layering the different communities in a Winogradsky Column. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »

Food Chains and Ecosystems Lesson Plan: The Food Fight Game

In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades 3 through 8, students use BrainPOP resources to explore the relationships between organisms within an ecosystem. Students then build a virtual food web to support a selected animal using online game play. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »

Science Fair Lesson Plan: Planning Projects with BrainPOP and BrainPOP Jr.

In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades K-12, students use BrainPOP and/or BrainPOP Jr. resources to learn about planning projects when they create a science fair exhibit.  They will select their topic, explore the criteria for planning, and design a compelling and realistic experiment based on their topic. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »

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