Upton-by-Chester High School Geography Department Ecosystems Lesson 1
To understand the location and distribution of Climate Zones. To understand what an ecosystem is. WALT WILF All: to be able to locate the climate zones on a world map. To understand the key words : living environment, rain forest, biome. Most: To be able to show understanding of the links within a simple ecosystem. Some: To be able to suggest reasons why ecosystems might change .
Starter A B C
Which zone is Polar, Tropical and Mediterranean?
What does Arid mean?
In pairs try to work out the missing words on the following slides and an example for each!
You are working as a team. So the team with the best results will win a merit each!
TROPICAL CLIMATE What is the climate like? Why? Example?
DESERT CLIMATE HOT ____, COOL TO COLD _____, THERE IS LITTLE TO NO ____ IN THIS CLIMATE, THEREFORE IT IS VERY ____. DESERTS COVER ABOUT 1/5 OF THE EARTH’S SURFACE. Example:
Temperate Climate COOL _________, WITH ______ WINTERS, ______ RAINS IN THE WINTER. Example:
MEDITERRANEAN CLIMATE MILD RAINY __________ WITH HOT DRY _________. Example:
Very hot summers Mild winters Drought in summer Wet in winter California Mediterranean 400mm Cool Temperate West Coast Cool Summers Mild Winters Rain all year 100mm maximum per month Chile Sahara Hot Desert Very hot in summer Very little rain 100mm Much cooler in winter Equatorial Hot all Year 1800mm Rains all year Indonesia
Give your map a title.
Make a key showing place name, temperature, rainfall, rainfall description type.
Colour each group and link them to your map with an arrow. Use an atlas!
Activity 1 Key Place Temperature Rainfall Rainfall description Now use what you Have learnt for this Next task
What is an ecosystem?
An ecosystem is a community of living organisms (plants and animals) sharing an environment. The largest ecosystems are called biomes.
What is a biome?
A biome is a very large ecosystem e.g. Tropical Rainforest.
Activity 2: You have 2 minutes to remember the meaning of ecosystem and biome and write it down!
Activity 3: Terms you need to sort, know. . . Environment The non-living environment The living environment A natural ecosystem A community of plants and animals unaffected by human activity. The natural or physical surroundings where plants and animals live. Animals, birds, fish, insects and people. Rocks, soil, the air and climate. … and learn!!
An Ecological System The word ecosystem is short for ecological systems. An ecosystem includes all of the living organisms in a specific area. These systems are the plants and animals interacting with their non-living environments (weather, Earth, Sun, soil, atmosphere). An ecosystem's development depends on the energy that moves in and out of that system. You could have an entire ecosystem underneath a big rock. On the other hand, you could be talking about the overall ecosystem of the entire planet (biosphere). An ecosystem can be as small as a puddle or as large as the Pacific Ocean. That ecosystem includes every living and non-living thing in the area. It is several small communities interacting with each other . CLIMATE ROCKS AND SOIL LIVING CREATURES VEGETATION Activity 4: Describe the links between a simple ecosystem.
How do I start?
An ecosystem is the link between….
The links need…in order to…
Acid rain damage hits Scandinavian forests Arctic oil spill threatens Caribou grazing land Kenyan wildlife threatened by overgrazing Problems for Brazil as loggers and miners clear more forest Woodland cleared for Lake District leisure complex Global warming blamed for Spread of desert
Activity 5: For each of the headlines shown above:
Name the type Climate Zone it belongs to.
Explain how plants, animals or people might benefit or suffer from the changes.
Acid rain damage hits Scandinavian forests – this is found in __________ zone. Trees, plants and animals will suffer because….
Arctic oil spill threatens Caribou grazing land – this is found in…The Caribou will suffer because…
List three facts which you have learnt.
Is there anything you do not understand?
What is it?
3. How can you improve?
WILF All: to be able to locate the climate zones on a world map. To understand the key words : living environment, rain forest, biome. Most: To be able to show understanding of the links within a simple ecosystem. Some: To be able to suggest reasons why ecosystems might change .