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Name: ___________________________________________

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Date: _________________ Period:

Ecosystem Poster
By the end of this lesson you will:
Understand the complexities and intricacies of how ecosystems work.
o Understand and explain in depth the relationship between organisms and the
abiotic and biotic factors within their environment
o How factors such as food, water, shelter, and space affect populations in an
ecosystem
Directions create an ecosystem visually using a poster. You will need to complete and turn-in
the research worksheet, written explanation, works cited page & project.
1. Pick an ecosystem (A specific location, for example: Coral Reef - Great Barrier Reef):
a. Desert
i. Intertidal
ix. Estuaries
b. Forest
i. Freshwater
Zone
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Temperate/Taiga/T
ii. Nertic Zone
ii. Lake
iii. Open
ropical/Boreal
iii. River
c. Tundra
Ocean
iv. Stream
d. Grassland iv. Wetlands
v. Swamps
v. Coral Reef
Savanna/Prairies/
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al Vents/
e. Cropland
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f. Mountain
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h. Ocean
viii. Mangroves
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2. Define abiotic and biotic factors and give an example of each within your ecosystem
3. Identify a minimum of 15 organisms from that ecosystem
a. You must have at least one organism from each of the following types
i. terrestrial animal
ii. aquatic animal
iii. a plant
b. For all of your selected organisms identify if its a producer, consumer, or decomposer
c. Create 5 food chains that make up 1 food web involving all of these organisms
i. Be sure to include the ultimate source of the earths energy source within your
food web
ii. Make sure the food web connects aquatic and terrestrial organisms
iii. Give an example for each of the following relationships from your ecosystem:
1. Commensalism
4. Mutualism
2. Competition
5. Parasitism
3. Cooperation/Ne
6. PreyPredator
utralism
d. For one producer and one consumer within your food web, what effect would it have if
their population increased? Decreased?
4. Identify the top 2 pollutants of your ecosystem
a. How are they harming the ecosystem?
b. Are they point source or nonpoint source pollutants?
c. How do they affect the water quality of the ecosystem? (Refer to the previous unit on
water quality)
5. Written explanation (individually done)
a. Choose four organisms and explain how they interact with and respond to abiotic and
biotic components within their environments. Include positive and negative outcomes
that might happen due to these interactions.
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i. Example (your response will be in paragraph form)
1. Biotica mouse eats grass; grass provides nourishment to live within its
ecosystem.
2. Abioticmouse burrows into the soil; its using the soil for shelter.

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Pick an ecosystem (water source is included)
Define abiotic and biotic factors and give an example of each within your ecosystem
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Identify a minimum of 15 organisms
There is at least one organism from each of the following typesterrestrial animal,
aquatic animal and a plant
For each organism - identify if its a producer, consumer, or decomposer

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Food Web and Relationships
Create 5 food chains that make up 1 food web involving all organisms
The food web includes the ultimate source of the earths energy and connects aquatic
and terrestrial organisms.
Give an example for each of the following relationships:
1. Commensalism
2. Competition
3. Cooperation/Neutralism
4. Mutualism
5. Parasitism
6. PreyPredator
Select one producer and one consumer within your food web. The effect if their
population increased? Decreased?

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Identify the top 2 pollutants of your ecosystem
How are they harming the ecosystem?
Identify if point source or nonpoint source pollutants
How do they affect the water quality of the ecosystem?

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p. Written Explanation (in paragraph form)


Choose four organisms - explain how they interact with and respond to abiotic and
biotic components within their environments.
Include positive and negative outcomes that might happen due to these interactions.

s. Project, Professionalism, & Effort


Project includes all required information.
1. Food Web
2. Pollutants
3. Abiotic & Biotic Factors
4. Relationships
5. Population Increase & Decrease
Project is neat and professional; Used time wisely during class
Overall, quality of work compared with both past work and increasing expectations of
better work.

y. Works Cited/Sources
At least 7 different sources
Cite sources according to MLA format (see help sheet)
Include a Works Cited page for all the sources on the poster (can be pasted onto back)

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af. Ecology Vocabulary
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ah.Limiting Factors Lab


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ag.Planet Earth Video Questions


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ai. Research Worksheet


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1. Population Increase
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2. Population Decrease
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cv. Consumer: _________________________
1. Population Increase
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cw. Top 2 pollutants:

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Circle one: Point Source Nonpoint Source
2. How does this affect the water quality of the ecosystem?
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Circle one: Point Source Nonpoint Source
2. How does this affect the water quality of the ecosystem?
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