What's Eating You?

A series of lesson plans for students exploring ecosystems and science communications - all based around the species in Eden's Rainforest Biome.

Years: 7, 8, 9

Duration: 180mins

Subject: Science


Resource Overview

They consider the role of different organisms in the Biome and also what might happen if particular organisms were removed from the food web – contrasting this to the role of ‘keystone’ species in a real rainforest. Students discover that Eden’s Rainforest Ecosystem is not as natural as it may first appear and that the scientists have to work hard behind the scenes to keep things in balance, particularly when it comes to dealing with pests. Next, students use the food web and some extra information from our Eden scientists to consider the merits of biocontrol versus pesticides to control pest populations in our Biome. Finally, they consider how we should effectively communicate this scientific information to Eden’s visitors.

For more equally inspirational lesson plans written by the Eden Project please visit http://www.edenproject.com/learn/schools/lesson-plans

 


Resource Assets

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What's Eating You lesson plan

This lesson enables students to:explain how all the living things in an ecosystem have a role to play and are interdependent, explain why ecosystems need to be kept in balance and how the scientists at Eden achieve this, consider the importance of communicating scientific information to the general public

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What's Eating You Resource 1

An insight into Eden’s Rainforest Ecosystem

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What's Eating You Resource 2

Hyperlinks to organisms

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What's Eating You Resource 3

What's Eating You pictures

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What's Eating You Resource 4

List of organisms for food web

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What's Eating You Resource 5

Written description of food web

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What's Eating You Resource 6

Pest management at Eden card sort