Lesson Plan

Ecology Unit

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Grade Level:
Ninth Grade-Twelfth Grade
Biodiversity, Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Ecology, Environment
National/State Standards:
NE [Science] 12.3.3a, 12.3.3c, 12.3.3d, 12.3.4a, 12.3.4b, and 12.4.2c


Six terrestrial ecosystems combine with the riparian and aquatic ecosystems of the Niobrara to create a mix of plants and animals that exist together like nowhere else. This unit focuses on the ecology and biodiversity of the Niobrara River Valley. It contains a field experience component in addition to pre and post experience classroom work.


Included worksheets and Dichotomous Keys.

4 large tubs .

I cube trays [1 per group of 2-3 students]

Dip Nets [1 per group of 2-3 students]

Magnifying Glasses or Bug Boxes

Dichotomous Keys of inverterates–laminated

Digital Cameras–students could bring their own- have a least one per group

Tree, plant, and animal field guides

Testing equipment or probes for oxugen, pH, nitrates, and temperature (Lamotte's Kits work well for testing)



Last updated: April 10, 2015