Monitoring Ecosystems

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Learning Outcomes

By the end of this activity, learners will:
  • Define and give examples of environmental monitoring
  • Describe the purpose of environmental monitoring
  • Define the term "environmental indicator" and give examples
  • Analyze environmental monitoring data to propose explanations and make predictions about the ecological health of a typical central Alberta lake

Curriculum Connections

Grade 7 Science: Interactions and Ecosystems
  • STS 1 Investigate and describe relationships between humans and their environments, and identify related issues and scientific questions
  • STS 2 Trace and interpret the flow of energy and materials within an ecosystem
  • STS 3 Monitor a local environment, and assess the impacts of environmental factors on the growth, health and reproduction of organisms in that environment
  • STS 4 Describe the relationships among knowledge, decisions and actions in maintaining life-supporting environments

Length of Activity

3 hours

Materials List

  • Monitoring Ecosystems Backgrounder
  • Monitoring Ecosystems Learner Worksheet
  • Monitoring Ecosystems Learner Worksheet Answer Key

Online Lesson Format