Schoolyard and Urban Ecosystems (Introduction to Ecosystems):
When you think of an ecosystem, you may think of forests where you go hiking or camping. But did you know that your own schoolyard has all of the things required to be an ecosystem? A community of living things (plants, animals, insects, fungi, and bacteria) along with non-living things (sunlight, clouds, soil, water, rocks) make up an ecosystem, and can be found in your schoolyard. Take on the role of an ecologist to learn about the producers, consumers, and decomposers within ecosystems, and the natural processes (water cycle, photosynthesis, and decomposition) that support life within them. Supports Ecosystems & Biodiversity Unit lessons 1, 2 and 3.