Ecosystems are important for the world and us as humans. These species in ecosystems overall in a way work together to keep everything in place. Once one species is extinct, the whole ecosystem can get affected. Once climate or weather affects the ecosystem species will start to be endangered as they can’t adapt to it. I also learned about how biodiversity helps us in some way I didn’t know of. For example, biodiversity can help us with food so that we can survive. Humans on the other hand are supposed to be helping but instead damaging biodiversity. Cutting trees, using pesticides and more are all reasons why in lots of ecosystems around the world there is a decline in biodiversity.
I worked on many projects during this unit. One of them was a poster of an ecosystem. The ecosystem that I researched was the Daintree Rainforest. I went online and I looked for sources to get information out of. This is a popular tourist attraction for people who like nature. Thus, variety of sources with tons of insight. This is same for the presentation I did acid rain with someone. It was a fun project and you can learn a lot. Like from the formula to the impacts. The strategies I used to prepare for the quiz was to go on classroom. From there I went to a google doc with a biodiversity vocabulary sheet. I just kept on practicing from there till I got the hang of the words.
I communicated with the grade 4s by learning what they like and how to make our activities fun for them. We had many activities so as a group we decided to do 2 activities the same and 1 different depending on the group. We collaborated well with deciding roles and allowing people to do what is most effective to finish making our activities. We were effective in most ways by letting the grade 4s feel good and relaxed about kahoot. Then we did a presentation to teach them the answers from kahoot. Next, we either did a crossword puzzle activity and matching activity. We gave candies to the winners allowing for the children to be happy and try their best. The only main problem I had is it wasn’t as competitive as the other groups did for their activities. This caused for some students not to care as much. This unit was decent with its projects but can be better with experiments.