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Environmental Studies - Adult

Lesson Title: Exploring Ecosystems

Learning Outcomes:

  • Know the different types of ecosystems and their characteristics
  • Understand the interdependence of living organisms within an ecosystem
  • Can identify and describe the components of an ecosystem


This lesson will be delivered through a combination of interactive discussions, hands-on activities, and multimedia presentations. Students will actively participate in group work, experiments, and class discussions to deepen their understanding of ecosystems.

Resources/Materials Required:

  • Textbooks or online resources on ecosystems
  • Visual aids such as diagrams, charts, and photographs
  • Art supplies for a group activity
  • Access to a computer or projector for multimedia presentations


1. Begin the lesson by asking students what they already know about ecosystems. Write their responses on the board.

2. Introduce the concept of ecosystems by explaining that they are communities of living organisms interacting with each other and their environment.

3. Show visual aids and multimedia presentations to illustrate different types of ecosystems, such as forests, deserts, oceans, and grasslands. Discuss the characteristics of each ecosystem.

4. Divide the class into small groups and assign each group a specific ecosystem to research. Provide them with textbooks or online resources to gather information about their assigned ecosystem.

5. In their groups, students should create a poster or diorama representing their assigned ecosystem. They should include the living organisms, climate, and physical features of the ecosystem.

6. After completing their posters or dioramas, each group will present their findings to the class. Encourage questions and discussions among the students.

7. Conclude the lesson by summarizing the key points about ecosystems and their importance. Emphasize the interdependence of living organisms within an ecosystem.


  • Group research and presentation
  • Poster or diorama creation
  • Class discussions


To assess the students' understanding of ecosystems, you can:

  • Review their posters or dioramas for accuracy and completeness
  • Ask individual students to explain the interdependence of organisms within an ecosystem
  • Conduct a short quiz or written assignment to test their knowledge

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Common Core State Standards: Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

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