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Database Provider

Author

EPA

Grades

3rd, 4th, 5th

Subjects

Science, Biology, English Language Arts

Resource Types

  • Activity - Classroom
  • Worksheet

Regional Focus

Global

Format

PDF

Buckets of Benefits

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Synopsis
  • This resource is an engaging activity where students make analogies between common items and ecosystem services. 
  • Working in groups or individually, students will have a group of items or cards they will use to fill out the included worksheet.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • It is a hands-on and engaging way of getting the students to appreciate the benefits of ecosystems.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Provide background information about ecosystems and the benefits of nature before doing this activity.
  • The activity can be performed using either actual buckets of materials or handouts; the educator should decide on this beforehand.

Differentiation

  • This activity can be used during a school event or club meeting to create awareness about ecosystem services and the benefits of nature.
  • Science classes could incorporate this activity into lessons about biomes, ecosystems, producers and consumers, food webs, plants, or habitats.
  • Check out these Environmental Education Group Games and Activities for other engaging ways to teach about ecosystems.
Scientist Notes
The resource provides a good scope for students to identify site-specific ecosystem services and interrelate the benefits they have for humans. This is recommended for teaching.
Standards

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • English Language Arts
    • Language (K-12)
      • L.4.5 Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
  • Science
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • 5-LS2-1. Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment.
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