This is a series of secondary lesson plans from the Eden Project that gets students exploring ecosystems and science communications. The content is all based around the species in Eden's Rainforest Biome (but you don't need to visit to do the lessons).
Students create and investigate a simplified version of the Rainforest Biome's food web. They consider the role of different organisms and what might happen if particular organisms were removed; contrasting this to the role of ‘keystone’ species in a real rainforest.
Students discover that in Eden’s Rainforest, scientists have to work hard behind the scenes to keep things in balance, particularly when it comes to dealing with pests. They consider the merits of biocontrol versus pesticides to control pest populations. Finally, they consider how Eden should effectively communicate this scientific information to visitors.
This lesson enables students to:
- explain how all the living things in an ecosystem have a role to play and are interdependent
- explain why ecosystems need to be kept in balance and how the scientists at Eden achieve this
- consider the importance of communicating scientific information to the general public.
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Environment and Sustainability
KS3: ages 11-14, KS4: ages 14-16