Lesson Plan

Temperate Rainforest Ecology

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Grade Level:
Tenth Grade-Twelfth Grade
Subject:
Biodiversity, Biology: Plants, Climate, Ecology
Duration:
2 to 3 sessions, 60 minutes each
Setting:
classroom
National/State Standards:
National Standards: Science C 4, 5, 6, F 5, 6

Overview

Students will review the concept of ecosystems and thoroughly examine the members of their local ecosystem. By concentrating on a specific relationship within the rainforest ecosystem, students will better understand the entire community.

Objective(s)

Students will be aware of the important connections between living and non-living parts of the ecosystem. They will understand how seemingly distant events (glacial melt, ocean temperature, industrial development) can impact the local forest.

Background

Read the Succession and Temperate Rainforest Ecology sections of this manual.

Materials

You will need at least one copy of the glacial succession reading and the temperate rainforest ecology reading.

You may want a full copy of "Forging Connections - An Educational Resource For Kenai Fjords National Park" 

Procedure

Additional Resources

http://www.inforain.org/
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/08/g68/venn.html
http://ocid.nacse.org/lichenland/
http://curriculum.calstatela.edu/courses/builders/lessons/less/biomes/rainforest/temp_rain/temprain.html
Ancient Forests of the Pacific Northwest, Elliot A. Norse, Island Press, 1989

Vocabulary

Canopy, Commensal, Conifer, Decomposer, Epiphyte, Fog Drip, Forest Floor, Lichen, Litterfall, Mutualistic, Nurse Log, Nutrient Cycling, Parasitic, Predatory, Understory.