Step 1. Questions
In nature, individual plants and animals do not live by themselves. They live with one another, and they depend on the nonliving things of their environment. Together, the living and nonliving things of an area form an ecosystem.
For this e-Journal, you will report on an ecosystem of your choice. You may choose a pond, swamp, prairie, desert, rain forest, or any other ecosystem on Earth.
Here are some questions to guide your research about the ecosystem.
Are you ready? Begin by visiting the first three Web sites listed in Step 2. Look for the answers to the questions listed above, and write down what you learn in the note-taking boxes.
- What are the living and nonliving parts of the ecosystem?
- How do plants and animals interact in the ecosystem? Give an example.
- How does the ecosystem change during the year? How can it change over many years?
- Why is the ecosystem important?
- What questions do you have about the ecosystem?
You may choose to use search engines to research other Web sites. Or visit the library and look in books, journals, or encyclopedias. When you are ready, follow Steps 3 and 4 to write your report.
Step 2. Research
Research answers for the questions you were asked in Step 1. Visit these Web sites. Take notes about them on this page, too!