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Animals in the Ecosystems

Curriculum Tie:

Time Frame:
2 class periods that run 30 minutes each.

Group Size:
Large Groups


This lesson is part of a larger research unit, students have their source material and will highlight keywords and phrases using the graphic organizer from Step Up to Writing and build a paragraph on animal contributions to their environment.

Main Curriculum Tie:
Elementary Library Media (K-5)
Strand 6 Standard 2

Access information within sources by using relevant tools (e.g., table of contents, indexes, keyword searches, sidebars, related subjects).


  • Graphic organizer
  • Student books
  • Access to computers

Background For Teachers:
Teachers need to understand the energy and matter cycles.

Student Prior Knowledge:
Students should understand ecosystems, living and non-living, as well as how to find a book in the library.

Intended Learning Outcomes:
Students will build a presentation document, i.e. powerpoint, prezi,SWAY, to show how that animal exists in their environment.

Instructional Procedures:
15 min
Teacher will discuss and show what a contribution is

15 min
Students will read material and fill out their graphic organizer on their animals contributions to the environment using keywords and phrases

30 min
Students will use the graphic organizer to write a paragraph using the steps outlined in Step Up to Writing. Paragraph will include a topic sentence and summary sentence after details.

Strategies For Diverse Learners:
Students will be engaged due to choice and breadth of topics. Librarian will guide choice of materials to match reading ability.

Assessment Plan:
Completed rough draft of paragraph


  • Step up to writing
  • Common core in action
  • Protecting ecosystems

Amanda McKnight
Kathy Ballard

Created Date :
May 12 2017 11:08 AM