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Puzzling Wisconsin's Biological Communities
https://www.uwsp.edu/cnr-ap/KEEP/Documents/Activities/PuzzlingWisconsinsBiologicalCommunities.pdf

Keep Program, University of Wisconsin

This is an in-depth activity that focuses on Wisconsin ecosystem characteristics and energy flow within ecosystems. The activity is lengthy, but selected parts of it could be adapted to a variety of teaching situations.

This activity takes four 50 minute class periods

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Teaching Tips

  • If you do not live in Wisconsin, consider this activity as a template to create an activity similar to this for your state.
  • The authors mention this activity is to be completed over 4 lesson periods but does not provide break points to ensure coherence from one day to the next so teachers will need to determine breakpoints for themselves.

About the Science

  • This lesson focuses on food chains, energy, climate, biology, and habitats in Wisconsin, USA.
  • Students learn about the attributes of different ecosystems in Wisconsin, and where these ecosystems are located within the state.
  • Students learn about energy flows through ecosystems and compile a list of ways that energy, such as wind, fires, glaciers, and gravity flow through Wisconsin ecosystems.
  • A series of maps shows how the distribution of ecosystems has changed due to agriculture and urbanization; these changes are described in the 'background' section of the document.
  • Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.

About the Pedagogy

  • The activity provides strong science background for the educator, and will likely require some classroom time to develop these concepts with students.
  • The activity is formatted as a highly interactive puzzle game.
  • The summative assessments offer particularly interesting ways for students to integrate what they learned.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • It is not always clear how certain parts of the lesson integrate with the rest of it (eg. how to use clue cards and the maps together).
  • Although the lesson suggests using plastic eggs in one part of the lesson, it might make more sense to use a renewable material when teaching about ecosystem management.

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