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Melissa Bradley, Ed.S. (Education Leadership Specialist)

Organisms and Ecosystems Impact

Grades: 8th Grade
Subjects: Science

Student Instructions

Based on the real-life scenarios provided, 1. determine if it is a short- or long-term environmental change, 2. determine the possible changes to the ecosystem, 3. and explain the impact on future generations of organisms. Use the label to type in your responses. Click the check when you have completed the activity to submit to your teacher for review.

Teacher Notes (not visible to students)

Place students into groups of four. Each student will receive a card to determine what type of environmental change they will be exploring/investigating. Time students for individual work (15 minutes). Students share their responses (10 minutes. Within those 10 minutes, students will be responsible for typing in the things they learned from the other students). Class shares out ideas and makes corrections to address common mistakes of the topic. List of common mistakes: Students may make the following mistakes: • Not understanding that adaptations help an organism survive when changes in the ecosystem occur • Not understanding how long-term environmental changes occur over many years • Not understanding how adaptations can change the traits of future populations • Not understanding how the biodiversity of an ecosystem can be affected by short- and long-term changes