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6th, 7th, 8th


Science, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences

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  • In this activity, students will cut and paste ecosystem services descriptions into the correct blank spaces on an ecosystem template. 
  • The activity includes seven different ecosystem templates.  
Teaching Tips


  • This activity hands-on and engaging way of getting students to appreciate ecosystems and their services.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students can work in groups or pairs.
  • Each group will require printouts of the templates, crayons, scissors, and glue.


  • Teachers could make larger printouts of the finished work to display during an open day activity.
  • Students could create presentations about the ecosystem they worked on.
  • Other resources on this topic include this activity on assessing ecosystem services on school grounds and these games and activities that teach students about the environment. 
Scientist Notes
The resource contains an activity for students to leverage, assess, outline, and connect observed ecosystem services with human interaction. This is recommended for teaching.
  • Science
    • LS2: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics Within Ecosystems
      • MS-LS2-1. Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.
      • MS-LS2-2. Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems.
      • MS-LS2-3. Develop a model to describe the cycling of matter and flow of energy among living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem.
      • MS-LS2-5. Evaluate competing design solutions for maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services.
  • English Language Arts
    • Reading (K-12)
      • R.6.7 Compare and contrast how different formats, including print and digital media, contribute to the understanding of a subject. (RI&RL)
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