Sixth Grade Unit 5: Ecology


ELA Standards

  • 2.3 Write research reports:
  • Pose relevant questions with a scope narrow enough to be thoroughly covered.
  • Support the main idea or ideas with facts, details, examples, and explanations from multiple authoritative sources (e.g., speakers, periodicals, online information searches).
  • Include a bibliography.

Other Standards

  • Ecology (Life Sciences)
    5. Organisms in ecosystems exchange energy and nutrients among themselves and with the environment. As a basis for understanding this concept:
    a. Students know energy entering ecosystems as sunlight is transferred by producers into chemical energy through photosynthesis and then from organism to organism through food webs.
    b. Students know matter is transferred over time from one organism to others in the food web and between organisms and the physical environment. c. Students know populations of organisms can be categorized by the functions they serve in an ecosystem. d. Students know different kinds of organisms may play similar ecological roles in similar biomes.
    e. Students know the number and types of organisms an ecosystem can support depends on the resources available and on abiotic factors, such as quantities of light and water, a range of temperatures, and soil composition.

Critical questions to ask while teaching:

  1. What causes animals to become endangered and extinct?

What they will understand at the end of the unit:

  1. How do we affect the environment?
  2. What can we do about it?

Essential background they will need to start this unit:



  1. Using online bookmarking tools

Materials to be used



Other Materials

Mizmercer's Favorite Links on endangeredspecies from Diigo
Mizmercer's Favorite Links on 6unit5 from Diigo

Assessment Evidence


  • Blog posts


Learning Activities

Week One