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Ecology: Teachers

Enviroment Lessons

Backyard Ecology

Is our planet in trouble? Visit Earth On Edge to learn more about how we are affecting our environment.

The University of Illinois has created six separate teacher guides for teaching about the environment. Available en Español. (Note: All guides are in PDF form)

Check out the American Field Guide. Immerse yourself in the great outdoors without ever leaving the classroom. Tap into the sights and sounds from a wide variety of environments throughout America. This site has over 1400 video clips for your class to experience America's wilderness firsthand!

Ecosystem Lesson Plans


Here is a great background about endangered species and ecosystems and what some are doing to restore local ecosystems. Teacher's guide and streamed archive of the program are available via the Web. An additional lesson plan on how ecosystems work is also available from the episode on the Galapagos Islands.

What about the oceans food web? In this lesson plan, students will identify the producers and consumers in an ecosystem, make a model of a food web, and explain how changes in the population of one organism can affect the entire food web.

Don't forget about the Yellowstone National Park food web! In this lesson plan students will investigate the interdependence of wildlife in the Yellowstone ecosystem.

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